New Delhi: India and the United Kingdom have expressed the resolve to further strengthen their educational collaboration. In a bilateral meeting between Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Foreign Secretary of UK Dominic Raab on Wednesday, 16th December, the two countries agreed to deepen their engagement in the field of education and research, and work collaboratively on mutual recognition of academic qualifications over the next year. Minister of State (MoS) for Education, Sanjay Dhotre; Secretary, Higher Education, Amit Khare; and senior officials of the Education Ministry were present at the meeting, according to a press communication from the Ministry of Education, Government of India. The meeting followed the talks between Foreign Secretary Raab and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 15th December.
According to the press note, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab hailed India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 as visionary and said the proposed reforms will open up opportunities for students, the economy, and for deeper engagement and collaboration between the two countries, stated the Ministry of Education. Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement during his visit to the UK in 2018 that education is a living bridge between India and the UK, Secretary Raab said this policy will help make this bridge even stronger. He said the UK has a lot of respect for the academic rigour coming out of India, and the contribution of the Indian student community is highly valued by his country. He also said that the UK has made several changes in their visa and immigration rules to facilitate student mobility.
The Ministry of Education, GoI, revealed that India and the UK have agreed to set up a joint Task Force consisting of designated higher education organisations from both countries to work towards mutual recognition of academic qualifications. The composition of the Task Force and its modalities are to be decided at official levels.
Speaking on the occasion, Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said that setting up of a joint task force will expedite the process for achieving mutual recognition of academic qualification. This will support India’s agenda for internationalisation of higher education. He said the agreement to work towards mutual recognition of academic qualifications aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for creating a globally mobile workforce and internationalisation of Indian higher education, as proposed in the National Education Policy 2020 rolled out in July this year.
Speaking on India’s educational ties with the UK, Education Minister Pokhriyal said the relations between the two countries have been very positive and cooperative, adding that today’s agreement signifies continued mutual trust between them to elevate ties through education, research, and innovation.
Both sides expressed hope and confidence that they would further enhance mutual engagement in the field of education, research, and innovation, leading to deeper and stronger bilateral relations, the Education Ministry’s statement concluded.
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