The Union government of India is keen on collaborating with the Australian educational institutes in order to train and enhance the skills of its 550 million strong indigenous student base. This decision comes in the context of developing bilateral ties between India and Australia in multiple fields which are being strengthened by each passing day.
The Human Resource Development minister of India M Pallam Raju is currently visiting Australia to facilitate the implementation of this scheme. He intends on influencing the pioneer Australian universities and vocational training institutes to deepen their collaborative ties with the Indian education system.
The minister expects that this initiative will auger well for the growth of skill among the young generation of India as the youth will benefit from this venture. He intends to visit the cities of Melbourne and Sydney the most famous among the Australian cities for their emergence as centres of educational excellence. He also plans to meet the officials of the various universities and vocational institutions and in order to materialize the venture during his trip.
“Ever since the Memorandum of Understanding on education was signed between India and Australia during Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s last visit to India, the two nations have progressed greatly on the said lines. A lot of dialogue has been taking place currently and we are hopeful of further strengthening those ties,” said Raju on a positive note.
Raju is expected to attend the Australia India Education Council meeting which is a joint collaboration between the two nations to enhance ties and mutual cooperation in the fields of education, training and research.
Raju also expressed that both the nations have mutual agreements on many fields but currently he is focussing on the collaboration between the universities and vocation training for skill improvement for India’s youth. “We are also trying to hold joint research, exchange faculties and students and rooting for making higher education more viable while strengthening the bilateral ties in the meanwhile,” said Raju on the purpose of his trip.
The minister explained the ‘Twining arrangement’ between the universities of the two nations where Indian students can study for a couple of semesters in a chosen Australian university and get his degree from there itself. The minister expects a good and positive response from his Australian counterparts keeping in mind the current friendly relations between the nations.
Notably, the Indian government currently faces a herculean challenge of training its youth of 550 million who are still below 25 years of age. It is estimated that India will need at least 50,000 brand new colleges and institutions to provide vocational education and training to the aforesaid number of people. This easily translates as a fact that is hardly possible to be achieved by any nation on earth. Hence India is trying to seek international assistance through bilateral collaboration to resolve the crisis.
As the need of vocation training and skilled youth is on a rise in India, it is feeling a deep void in the supply of such people. This is indeed proving to be a hindrance in the path of India’s development. Thus, the collaboration India seeks from Australia is an utmost need of the hour and a must for the nation’s utility.