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India And China Discuss Education Cooperation, Possibility Of Mutually Recognising Qualifications

India and China discussed various areas of cooperation in education and different aspects of their respective educational systems at their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting.

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India and China discussed various areas of cooperation in education and different aspects of their respective educational systems at their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting.

India and China recently held their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on education during which the two sides discussed various aspects of respective educational systems and also explored areas of cooperation.

"Discussion was also held on exploring the possibility of signing an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications as well as promoting greater student exchange," said a press release by the Indian Embassy.

The Indian side made a presentation on the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) and Study in India programme, it said.

The Indian delegation was led by Madan Mohan, Additional Director General (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development of India, and the Chinese side was headed by Fang Jun, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of China.

At present over 23,000 Indian students are studying different courses in Chinese universities. Of them, over 21,000 have enrolled to study medicine.

Considering the growing demand, China recently designated 45 medical colleges out of 200 to teach MBBS course in English. The other colleges conduct Chinese/English courses in medicine.

Compared to Indian students, a fewer number of Chinese students are studying in India. Some of the Indian universities are trying to woo Chinese students specially for IT and other engineering courses.

Recently, India barred its universities from entering into any agreement for exchange programmes with the institutions in China without prior clearance from the Ministries of External and Home Affairs.

During the talks, both sides agreed to undertake activities such as school student exchanges, organise a seminar on education in China and other collaborative activities as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China, the release said.

"They also recognised that educational exchanges are important components of people-to-people exchange between the two countries and welcomed greater mobility of students to study in each other's countries and facilitate greater faculty exchanges," the press release stated.

The Indian delegation also visited China's Open University and interacted with its Vice President Yang Xiaotang and explored opportunities of mutual cooperation with the Indian open university system.

(Source IndiaToday Education)


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