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India and Canada explore ways to cooperate in higher education

India and Canada have explored innovative ways of partnership in higher education including different academic exchange programmes and research collaborations at advanced level.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2009 10:39 IST

India and Canada have explored innovative ways of partnership in higher education including different academic exchange programmes and research collaborations at advanced level.

Both countries deliberated on mutual recognition of credentials, collaboration in higher education and academic exchange programmes, India’s Higher Education department secretary R P Agarwal said yesterday.

During his two-day visit, Agarwal met top officials of Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Human Resources and Skills Development in Canada. He discussed with them the possibility of a consortium of Canadian Universities mentoring new Indian institutions of higher learning.

Mutual recognition of degrees is very important, Agarwal said and asked the Canadian officials to allow post-doctoral Indian students to join intensive research in country’s leading universities, which could be mutually beneficial.

Observing the ‘excellent work´ done by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)in Tamil Nadu, he asked Indian-Canadian faculties of Canadian universities to visit India frequently to help faculty shortage in the country.

“India needed Canadian expertise to train our instructors and community teachers as the government had proposed to open up 1000 new Polytechnic degree colleges in 210 backward districts across the country for skill development of young students,” Agarwal said.