Collaboration in areas of vocational education and institutional linkages is set to get a boost with the visit of HRD Minister Kapil Sibal to Australia next week.
During his six-day stay, Sibal will visit a number of vocational educational institutions and understand the skill development programmes.
Both the countries have already set up a joint group on Vocational Education and Training (VET). Sibal's visit follows exchange of high-level delegations from both the countries on VET programmes.
Sibal will lead a delegation, comprising UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat, Joint Secretaries Amit Khare and S C Khuntia and other officials.
The minister will visit Perth, Melbourne and Sydney where he will also meet Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and interact with academics of top universities and Indian community there.
He will meet chairman of Industry Skill Council of Australia Robin Shreeve and discuss vocational education, ministry sources said.
A delegation from Australia was here in February to discuss the modalities and contours of partnership with India in vocational education. Earlier, a delegation from India, headed by Khuntia visited Canberra.
The joint group will promote collaboration between institutions in several areas including hospitality, tourism, banking and finance. It will also coordinate the government to government linkage on education, source said.
Sibal will also visit New Zealand where he will meet his counterpart and interact with academicians. The delegation will visit Auckland and Wellington.