Canadian federal minister Tim Uppal suggests MoU’s in education

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Canadian Minister, Tim Uppal at Chandigarh

Canadian federal minister, Tim Uppal has suggested that apart from relaxing visas for students,  Canadian government wants their provincial governments work with Indian states, especially Punjab, to collaborate in the field of education. He was addressing a gathering of intelligentsia at Khalsa College in Amritsar.

Uppal is the First-turbaned Sikh Canadian federal minister.

He said the two countries’ relations in trade and commerce were on the rise, and they wanted that in the field of education and culture, the bond is further strengthened. He said that India and Canada are democratic, multi-linguistic, multi-cultural societies and there was an ample scope for international cooperation between the two.

Tim however expressed concerns over the “immigration frauds” by travel agents and how innocent persons were fleeced. He said that there should not be a “brain drain’ and he was happy that the employment opportunities were on the increase in India as well. He said the youth who study abroad should come back and serve their country. Tim said Punjab government needs to sign MoUs with Canadian provinces as the education was a state subject in both nations.