Dharmendra On 4-Day Australia Visit To Explore Collaboration In Education, Skill Devp

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is undertaking a four-day visit to Australia to strengthen Indo-Australian ties and to explore collaboration and cooperation in education and skill development.

The Education and Skill Development Minister said that reforms in India’s education sector and the renewed vigour in India-Australia bilateral relations had opened up immense opportunities for both the countries to establish the knowledge economy as a key pillar of our cooperation.

In a statement prior to the departure, he expressed confidence that the visit will add momentum to our unity of purpose, help build trans-national knowledge bridges, further broaden our engagements at all levels in all areas of learning, skilling, research, innovation and entrepreneurship and deepen people-to-people connect, an official release said.

On Sunday, the Minister will interact with the Indian diaspora. Next day, Dharmendra will be visiting Western Sydney University (WSU) to co-chair the 6th meeting of the Australia India Education Council with Australian Counterpart  Jason Clare.

Along with HE Sarah Mitchell MLC, NSW Minister for Education, Dharmendra will be visiting a school. He will also visit TAFE NSF and The University of New South Wales (UNSW) based in Sydney, where he will be interacting with the Vice-Chancellors and senior representatives of the Australian Government, Department of Education.

On August, 23, the Minister is scheduled to visit the Kangan Institute and Deakin University in Melbourne. He will be meeting academicians and leaders of the Australian education and skilling ecosystem and vibrant Indian diaspora residing in Melbourne. Dharmendra will also be holding a virtual bilateral meeting with HE Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training.

Next day, the Minister will hold Dialogue with Group of Eight on building successful Australia-India research collaboration. He will also hold dialogue, organised by Australia Indian Chamber of Commerce and Monash University. Later, the Minister will be interacting with the Indian students, the release added.

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