Published On: Mon, Dec 5th, 2011

Education co-operation to boost India-Australia ties

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Australia is enhancing engagement with Indian states in education to boost ties between the two countries, according to Geoffrey Conaghan, Victoria govt. Commissioner to India.

He said that Australia is focusing on improving bilateral ties with India and hence a number of development initiatives in education sector with Indian states as partners have been launched.

“Education is one of the key sectors in India that facilitates enhancing relationship between the state of Victoria and India. Through this initiative, we are looking at providing state-of-the-art vocational training for the teachers in Maharashtra,” he said.

Conaghan inaugurated a specially-designed vocational training program, organised by the Victorian government, for select ITI teachers in Maharashtra.

300 teachers from state industrial training centres have been selected for the ten-day training program, being organised by the Australian federal government in association with ‘Kangan’, an institute based in Melbourne.

Terming the attacks on Indian students in Australia as a “media creation”, Conaghan said, “it is not true that Indians are targeted in Australia. One or two incidents might have happened but that does not effect the bilateral relations between the two nations”.

Meanwhile, Minister for Higher and Technical Education Rajesh Tope told that “the Maharashtra government had signed an agreement with Victorian under which diploma courses in aircraft maintenance and automotive technology would be launched in a joint collaboration”.

Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education (MSBTE) and Victoria would issue a joint certificate for the said courses for which AICTE had also given its approval, he added.

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