New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal met the Education Minister of Bangladesh Dipu Moni on the sidelines of the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris on 13 November. During the exchange, Moni observed that the challenges of India and Bangladesh are similar, and said that Bangladesh wants to pursue collaborative research with top institutes like IITs and IIMs. Pokhriyal agreed that friendly relations between the two countries should be taken forward, saying the education sector has the potential to take mutual cooperation to new heights. Pokhriyal also held bilateral talks with the Education Ministers of Norway, Mexico, Thailand, UAE and Malaysia at the Conference.
In his meeting with Iselin Nybø, Norway’s Minister of Research and Higher Education, Pokhriyal exchanged views on future bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of education. Pokhriyal stressed on collaborative research opportunities between Indian educational institutions and the eminent educational institutions of Norway.
He detailed to Nybø initiatives taken by the HRD Ministry for internationalization of Higher Education, such as Study in India, the Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) and the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC). Pokhriyal invited the Norwegian Minister to visit India for a bilateral meeting in early 2020.
Pokhriyal also held extensive discussions with the Education Minister of Mexico, Esteban Moctezuma Barragan, to increase educational exchange between India and Mexico. Pokhriyal invited students from Mexico to visit India to study in the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, Hindi, Sanskrit and other Indian languages and Indian philosophy.
Moctezuma said that the educational challenges of India and Mexico are the same and both countries should work to increase long term cooperation in the field of education.
Pokhriyal also spoke with Thailand Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan and informed him that under the flagship ‘Study in India’ program, students from Thailand have secured admissions in top Indian Higher Educational Institutions.
Under this program, a fee waiver to the extent of 100% as well as scholarships are provided to meritorious international students. The Thai side may take steps to promote this program for enhanced mobility, which will result in deepening bilateral relations, Pokhriyal suggested.
In his meeting with the Education Minister of Malaysia, Maszlee Malik, Pokhriyal urged him to participate in the GIAN program and send more students under the ‘Study in India’. Pokhriyal said that India has already shared an MoU on the Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications.
The UNESCO General Conference is taking place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 12 to 27 November 2019.