To strengthen ties between India and Australia in the education sector, a conference was organised by KR Mangalam World School in the Capital on Wednesday. The event was attended by a five-member Victorian delegation headed by Bronwyn Pike, minister of education, skills and workforce participation.
Arvinder Singh Lovely, education and transport minister, and principals from 25 schools were also present. Pike said that there is a need to take the ongoing exchange programmes to a higher level and for this, the countries need to explore other areas of exchange and interaction.
“We need to come up with creative ideas to strengthen and sustain the ongoing education programmes. For instance, with the help of technology, students from Delhi and Melbourne can work together on projects. This will enable student-to-student contact and strengthen ties between the nations,” said Pike.
On how India can play a vital role, Lovely said, “We need to focus on the vocational training programmes and learn from Australia. India too can help Australia with the value-added education.”
The principals, who have taken part in the exchange programmes, spoke about their experiences in Australia and what India can learn from there.
“I have been a part of exchange programmes since 2007. The education system in Australia gave me a better understanding of how vocational education can be introduced here. I was impressed and tried to implement a few things in my school,” said Jyoti Gupta, Principal KR Mangalam World School, Greater Kailash II.