India, Australia sign 7 agreements on education

The agreements follow the 4th Australia-India Education Council Meeting (AIEC) held in Adelaide, Australia

January 7, 2019

Deals come at a time when human resource development has emerged as a critical factor to keep pace with rapid economic growth in both nations

With numerous world class institutions, India is emerging as a leading destination for higher education and research under the “Study in India” programme

The programme will include academic collaboration between institutions from both nations, along with skill development and vocational training

Amid rising student traffic, is growing collaboration between Australian and Indian Institutions on joint research projects and PhD programmes

India and Australia have entered into seven agreements related to the field of education, following the 4th Australia-India Education Council Meeting (AIEC) that was held in Adelaide, Australia, in June 2018. The meeting reviewed progress across four main fields – (i) Higher Education, Research and Student Mobility, (ii) Quality Assurance and Qualifications Recognition, (iii) Skills, and (iv) Schools. The deals come at a time when human resource development with the latest innovations and techniques has emerged as a necessity to keep pace with rapid economic growth in both nations. Meanwhile, India is emerging as a leading destination for higher education and research under the “Study in India” programme.

Herein, the two nations will collaborate in:

  • Academic research collaboration between institutions from both nations
  • Online education, including open online courses on each other’s platforms
  • Skill development and vocational training to make participants job ready
  • Mobility of faculty and students through programmes such as India’s GIAN
  • School education, including curriculum revision and development of pedagogies

From among the seven agreements signed between Indian and Australia, three were signed by Deakin University, Victoria, Australia, with Central University of Jammu, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry. Two others were signed by Curtin University, Western Australia, with Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi. One deal was signed between Western Sydney University, Australia and Centurion University, Odisha, and another was signed between University of Adelaide, South Australia, and OP Jindal University, Haryana.

There is growing collaboration between Australian and Indian Institutions on joint research projects and PhD programmes. At the AIEC meeting, it was agreed to further strengthen the partnership of Australia and India in the area of research collaboration to allow greater mobility of researchers, and academics. Under India’s Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), nearly 160 joint research proposals between Indian and Australian institutions are the process of approval. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is the nodal institute for driving the bilateral partnership.

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