India's Minister of Education Raises Pending Australian Student Visa Issues at AIEC 2022


Mrunmayai Bobade
Updated on Aug 25, 2022 12:42 PM IST

The sixth Australia India Education Council (AIEC) was co-chaired by India's Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan. The Union Minister raised the issue of pending visas of Indian students in addition to fostering bilateral ties with the country in the areas of education and skill development.

India's Minister of Education Raises Pending Australian Student Visa Issues at AIEC 2022

The Minister of Education of India, Dharmendra Pradhan, co-chaired the 6th Australia India Education Council (AIEC) on August 22, 2022. In a bid to bolster bilateral ties between the two nations, particularly to increase collaborations in the field of education, skill development, and research agendas, Pradhan was on a four-day visit to Australia.

In addition to discussing collaboration with his Australian counterpart, Minister Jason Clare, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan brought up the issue of unending waiting for Australian student visas being issued to Indian students at the AIEC 2022. Pradhan said, he brought up the issue of Indian students' waiting for their visas to study in Australia and several other areas of cooperation between the two nations.

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The government of Australia has said that it is constantly striving to hasten the process of issuingvisas for Indian students so they can begintheir higher studies in the country.

India and Australia hope to work together in fields including Yoga, Ayurveda, and Agriculture, as well as skill development, digital university, and curriculum development.

Both nations also hope to create dual degree programmes through the AIEC, which is likewise viewed as a "highly effective forum", in order to boost two-way student mobility and individual interactions.

The National Education Policy, or NEP 2020, is where the concept of increasing student mobility first appeared. According to Pradhan, NEP 2020 has increased the potential for cross-border collaborative efforts, particularly in the areas of internationalising education and strengthening skill development capacity.

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In addition, Australia and India will cooperate to form a working group on "transnational education" with the goal of enhancing current collaborations and creating fresh opportunities for higher education institutions in both nations.

In order to forward the previous agreements made at AEIC and the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, both education ministers pledged to remove obstacles that would obstruct these relationships.

For the sake of their mutual growth and prosperity, India and Australia are continuing to enhance their bilateral relationships in the fields of education, skill development, and research, as per Pradhan. Additionally, Australian Education Minister Jason Clare and his group were invited by Union Minister Pradhan to host the 7th AEIC gathering in India.

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Source: Times Now

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