The bilateral relationship between India and Israel is making headlines since Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister. This unanticipated alliance came into notice in 2014 when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally congratulated PM Modi on his victory.
The relationship between India and Israel is not a new one. Unconfirmed sources on the web have linked the alliance of ancient Indian universities like Nalanda and Vikramshila to give passage to ancient Jewish travellers.
While the internet bite may be highly doubtful, ancient Jews did have contacts with Saraswati Civilisation (the Indus Valley Civilisation). In fact, ancient Indian Buddhists knew about Babylonia. Under the famous King Solomon, India and Levant had trade and cultural communication. India came to have its own Jewish community, called ‘Bene Israel’, which is considered to be the descendants of the lost tribes of Israel.
Exchanges of delegations became common between these two countries only after 1950, when India informally recognised Israel. An Indian embassy was opened in Tel Aviv in 1992 to establish formal relations. In 2015, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon came to India to attend Aero India, a commercial and military air show. Later in 2017, PM Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu visited India in 2018, along with a 130-member delegation. Netanyahu aimed to increase exports to India by 25% in the next three years. Israel will be spending $68.6 million in different Indian sectors such as tourism and technology. The bulk of Israel’s focus will be on the agriculture sector.
Surprisingly, none of the counterparts talked about the education sector as an important area where investments can be made. Exports to the Silicon Valley from Indian technological institutes explicate the value of Indian IT education. Many Israeli students have made India their second home.
Alliance University Chancellor, Prof Sudhir G Angur explains that there is a huge scope of learning in Israel, especially in engineering, management, microbiology, IT security, and nanotechnology. Universities like Alliance University, Christ University, Delhi University, and University of Mumbai foster student exchange programs that provide a golden opportunity to the expat students to explore India and increase their skills.
Israel boasts state-of-art education institutes and research centres. These are ranked best in the world, and have significantly contributed to the betterment of Israeli economy and technological might.
Here’s the list of the top 5 universities in Israel that you should consider enrolling in:
1. Tel-Aviv University
2. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
3. Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
4. Bar Ilan University
5. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Israel offers a variety of scholarships to Indian students who come to study. In the process, the students are also exposed to their glorious and ancient culture.
The Israeli government offers a total of seven scholarships every year. These consist of two scholarships dedicated to academic research, and five for the Hebrew language. The scholarships are divided between Ph.D. programmes, Masters, Post Doctorates, and Research Programmes.
Since 2012, the Israeli Council of Higher Education has also been offering post-doctoral fellowships to a selected 100 students. As Professor Sudhir Angur explained earlier, Israel has a number of educational opportunities ripe for the taking.