New Delhi: Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal, held a virtual meeting with Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday, 9th December. Jameela Al Muhairi, Minister of State (MoS) for Public Education; Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India; Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare; and other senior officials from the Ministries of Education of both countries also attended the meeting.
According to a press communication from the Indian Ministry of education, UAE Education Minister Al Hammadi appreciated the National Education Policy – 2020, observing that the policy is a visionary document as it emphasises the holistic development of the students. He said that the education sector has the potential to take cooperation to new heights and both countries should work to increase long-term cooperation in the field of education.
Indian Education Minister Pokhriyal said that India and UAE share a strong and deep bilateral relationship and both sides have been working together to strengthen educational cooperation and collaboration. This meeting is being held with a view to further deepen our relations especially in the field of education by way of continuous dialogue and by enhancing active, interactive, and long term collaborations at various levels, he added.
The Education Ministry stated that Minister Pokhriyal invited students from UAE under the ‘Study in India’ program and also invited faculties to India for short-term courses in Indian universities under the GIAN program. Highlighting the National Education Policy, he said it is a forward-looking policy which will change the entire education landscape of the country, making it more aligned to global systems. It keeps choice of the student at the centre, and has recommended flexibility in the choice of subjects and fluidity between different streams, he added. The Education Minister stated that NEP is built on the foundational pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability and Accountability. It will ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning for all so that critical targets and SDG goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be achieved, he added.
Education Minister Pokhriyal further highlighted that there is a lot of focus on the internationalisation of education. For providing impetus to Internationalisation, planned reforms such as a Foreign Students Office in each HEI hosting foreign students, quality residential facilities, and improved overall quality of education will make Indian systems aligned to international curricula, with regulations being put in place to allow joint degrees, twinning arrangements, and dual degrees between Indian and foreign institutions. He also said that a common portal for admission to Indian universities with details of all courses is being contemplated. The Education Minister hoped for an enhanced, deeper, and more meaningful academic cooperation between the educational institutions in both the countries under India’s new policy.
Minister Pokhriyal revealed that an MoU on cooperation in the field of education between India and UAE is at an advanced stage of finalisation. He hoped that it would enhance academic collaboration between the higher educational institutions of both countries. He thanked the UAE Ministry of Education for interest in enhancing academic collaboration between both the countries. India is also eager to move towards deepening our mutual engagements and cooperation, he added.
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