3 Mar 2023

Educational Qualifications Of India, Australia Will Be Mutually Recognized; Research And Academic Collaborations Will Be Promoted


New Delhi: India and Australia signed a Framework Mechanism for Mutual Recognition of Qualifications that will help ease the mobility of students and professionals between the two countries. The agreement was signed following a bilateral meeting in New Delhi between India’s Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and the Australian Education Minister Jason Clare.

Scope of Australia India Education Council widened

Pradhan expressed his happiness that, as suggested by India, the scope of Australia India Education Council (AIEC) has been widened to also include cooperation in skill development. The signing of mechanism for mutual recognition of qualifications. 

The developments today will create more opportunities for two-way mobility of students and professionals for the purpose of education and employment.

Australia is very keen to broaden the partnership

Addressing the joint media briefing, the Australian Education Minister Jason Clare said that Australia is very keen to broaden the partnership between the two countries in the field of education as well as skilling. 

He further added that the agreement signed today will make it easier for students to study in each other’s countries and also provide recognition to various levels of education and skill qualifications. 

NEP will give a big push to jobs, businesses

Appreciating the National Education Policy brought out by India, the Australian Minister said that it is breath-taking in scope and will transform India by giving a big push to jobs, businesses, economic productivity and creating opportunities in all areas. 

Australia will partner with India to skill its youth

He said that India has set the target of providing 50% of its youth with either higher education or skill education by 2035 and Australia would be privileged to partner with India in this program. 

Joint/dual degrees or twinning of institutes

The Australian Universities are enthusiastic to work with their Indian counterparts through the mechanism of joint/dual degrees or twinning of institutes that has been recently facilitated under NEP2020. Australia wants to take forward the depth and seriousness of relationship between the two countries by fostering partnership in the education sector, the Australian Minister reiterated.

Australia will contribute 1.89 million dollars 

Replying to media queries, Clare said that the Australian government will be contributing 1.89 million dollars for running skills programme in India in the area of agriculture which is a critical sector for India. 

He further informed that Australia is working on top priority basis to clear the pendency of education visas for Indian students. 

In today’s bilateral meeting the two sides also discussed issues like promoting student mobility and  enhancing research and academic collaborations between Indian and Australian universities through the mechanism 

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