India and Australia are looking for a new mechanism for credit transfer to ensure better mobility between of students the two countries.
It will mean that a student in an Indian university or a college will be able to do part of his course in an Australian university and vice-versa for Australian students.
"We want our students to be exposed to India," said Australian minister for tertiary education Chris Evans.There was an agreement between the vice-chancellor of the universities of the two countries at the first meeting of India Australia Education Forum constituted in 2008. Fifty vice-chancellors from Australia and 14 from Australia participated in the discussion on Sunday.
HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said although the vice-chancellors were on the same page, the modalities needed to be worked out on the credit-transfer system.
"Student mobility could be ensured only if there was assurance regarding quality of education and if qualifications were recognised," he said.
The two countries also agreed to explore the possibility of sharing of students in area of vocational education.
Sibal said the national vocational education qualification framework would be ready by end of this year which would help in mobility of students.
The collaboration comes at the time when Australia has witnessed a fall in foreign students of about 9.1% in May 2011, as compared to same period in 2010.
It was mainly because of new visa regime where financial support for a student to pursue education in Australia was introduced. "We don't want students to come for work rather than education," Evans said.
Evans also belied the fears about security of Indian students saying that they have put a system in place for proactive action in case of any attack. He also said that all colleges have been asked to re-register to close down fake educational institutions attracting foreign students.
"Survey among Indian students show they are satisfied with the facilities available."