Discussions on Education Cooperation with Australia held on Australia-India Ministerial Dialogue 2018

On June 29,2018, In a Joint Communiqué issued after Bilateral meeting between visiting Indian Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar and host Australian Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Simon Birmingham in Adelaide, Australia, the commitment of PM Modi with Australian counterpart, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull in made April 2017 was reaffirmed.

Discussions on Education Cooperation with Australia held on Australia-India Ministerial Dialogue 2018It was proposed that the next meeting will be held in India in September 2019.

Objective of this Dialogue:

To strengthen the education, training and research relationship between the two countries.

Key Points:

  • The meeting emphasised on institutional partnership, collaboration in school policy, online education and skill development & vocational education and Training.
  • Three Institutional Agreements have also been signed in the presence of HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and his Australian counterpart.They are : Deakin University agreement with India’s Central Jammu UniversityCurtin University agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and Indian National Council of Education Research and Training and Western Sydney University MoU with India’s Centurion University.
  • This will strengthen Australia –India academic mobility in Higher Education including increasing Australian participation in the successful Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) conducted by the Government of India.
  • The Ministers launched publication of the Australia-India Education Council project of a co-authored book “The Future of Higher Education Learning & Teaching” on higher education learning and teaching which included a project developing joint curriculum for India’s Teaching and Learning Centres.
  • Ministers noted the increasing number of Australian students studying in India under the New Colombo Plan and the Endeavour Scholarships program and Indian students studying in Australia.
  • Australia and India will collaborate in schools policy through a partnership for reviewing school curriculum, teaching and learning under the initiative between the Ministry of Human Resources Development and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority.
  • Gave joint support to the forthcoming India-Australia Conclave on International Education to be held in India in 2019.
  • For encouraging a highly skilled and mobile workforce, cooperation on targeted issues demonstrated by the AIEC’s Quality Assurance and Qualifications Recognition (QAQR) Working Group was acknowledged.
  • Ministers committed to greater collaboration through online delivery of education, including India’s SWAYAM platform which is open to all Australian education providers.

About SWAYAM  Platform:

  • Under SWAYAM or Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds programme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, professors and faculties of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, central universities will offer online courses to citizens of India.
  • SWAYAM is an instrument for self-actualisation providing opportunities for a life-long learning.
  • All courses would be offered free of cost under this programme however fees would be levied in case learner requires certificate.
  • In the first phase, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, University of Delhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, IGNOU, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University, alone as well as with the help of faculty from foreign universities will be offering courses in areas of engineering education, social science, energy, management, basic sciences.
  • At least one crore students are expected to benefit in 2 to 3 years through this initiative.
  • More than 1,000 specially chosen faculty and teachers from across the Country have participated in preparing these courses.