Higher education institutions in emerging countries face a critical need for world-class research faculty in Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) and related disciplines. The Ohio State University (OSU) has developed a program for STEM Education and Research to train graduate students from India as the next generation of STEM faculty, in partnership with the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). The OSU-AMU pilot project, supported by a highly competitive and prestigious award from the US-India Education Foundation under the Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (formerly known as the Obama-Singh Initiative), is an exemplar for Indian universities as well as other countries. The general ideas are outlined in the Concept Paper.
Organized by AMU and OSU, the first international conference on STEM-ER was held jointly with nanotechnology conference Nanotech V on March 12-15, 2016. One of the main themes was the formation of an Indo-US consortium of universities for STEM Education and Research.