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India and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research after the 3rd meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC), held in New Delhi by Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India and Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, Government of Australia.
The MoU will help intensify existing partnerships between India and Australia in higher education & research, including technical and professional education, schools, vocational education and training and will open up new and innovative areas of cooperation.
At the end of the AIEC meeting a joint communique was also issued. The Communique recommended the significant progress made by the Working Groups across the key areas of skills, higher education and research, student mobility and welfare, quality assurance and qualifications recognition, and welcomes the extension of collaborative activity to include engagement in the schools sector.
The Communique emphasizes that the Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN), launched by the Government of India, would enable academic interaction to mutual benefit. It further says that GIAN would enable eminent Australian academicians to come to India, to academic institutions and Universities and enable an exchange of knowledge and teaching skills, which would help in developing a fruitful relationship between academic communities on both sides for augmenting research capabilities.
Both countries agreed for a total joint financial commitment of up to $ 1.0 million AUD for various activities under Educational Cooperation. Australian Minister also announced Adam Gilchrist as the Australia-India Education Ambassador, who will help project the quality of Australian education and strengthen the bilateral education, training and research relationships.