The Indus Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering the students of India for accessing the best educational and career opportunities in the world, honored iTEP with its Award for Educational Excellence last month. Jemal Idris, Founder and Managing Director of Acumen International and iTEP board member, accepted the award during the Indus Foundation’s Indo-Global Education Summit, which took place in six major cities during November.
iTEP was featured at all six sites, and Jemal was the guest of honor and gave the keynote address in Bangalore. Boston Educational services in collaboration with iTEP India recently conducted a study in which more than 30 colleges and universities and over 2300 students across seven Indian states participated. The study addresses the English proficiency level of college and university students in India.
While 70% of educators say young people are ready to work, less than half of employers and young job-seekers agree. This often has to do with English ability. Less than half of Indian engineering graduates, for example, possess a sufficient grasp of English terms frequently used in the workplace.
Through administering iTEP exams, the study found that on average, a young Indian’s strongest English skills are speaking, reading and writing, while grammar and listening lag behind. The study will be expanded to cover five more states this year. BES Plans to conduct similar studies in other countries soon.
“All of us at iTEP are honored that our exams and Jemal’s extremely valuable and impressive work have been recognized on such a high level,” says iTEP Chairman, Perry Akins.
iTEP was also recently accredited by the Indian government and featured in Indian media.