22 Oct, 2017 | 6:38 AM IST

International Cooperation Cell

You are here

Overview

India has entered into Educational Exchange Programmes (EEPs)/Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) or through Joint Statements with 51 countries viz  Mongolia, Armenia, Tanzania, Guyana, Israel, Australia, Myanmar, Hungary, Syria,  Uzbekistan, New Zealand, Thailand, Sri Lanka,  Mexico, Brazil, Afghanistan, Croatia, Ecuador, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, China, Portugal, France, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Oman, South Africa, Norway, Chile, Kuwait, Botswana, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, Canada, Indonesia, Mozambique, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Yemen, Qatar, Tajikistan, Burundi, Belarus, Republic of Korea, Germany, Estonia U.S.A., United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Peru.

The EEPs/ MOUs envisage cooperation through several initiatives like:-

  • Exchange of scholars/ students/ researchers;
  • Sharing of information/ publications;
  • Organizing joint seminars/ workshops/ conferences etc.;
  • Working towards mutual recognition of qualifications; and
  • Developing institutional linkages

India also has educational cooperation activities with different international organizations and multi-lateral bodies like UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning, E-9. BRICS, SAARC, India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA), East Asia Summit (EAS), Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Union (EU) etc. 

Recent Activities

The following important events were held during 2014-15 to strengthen the educational collaborations with different countries:

Important Events/Meetings/Conferences

Date Particulars
19-21 January, 2015 Secretary, School education, Ms. Vrinda Sarup participated in the Education World Forum at London
14th January, 2015 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to India
9th January, 2015 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of PR of China to India
8th December, 2014 Lord Mayor, City of London, H.E. Mr. Alderman Alan Yarrow called on Hon’ble HRM during his visit to India
30th November, 2014 Hon’ble HRM inaugurated the European Higher Education Fair at New Delhi, organized by the European Commission
24-26 November, 2014 Visit of Director General, UNESCO to India and UNESCO Conference entitled “From Exclusion to Empowerment: role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Persons with Disabilities”
18th November, 2014 Joint Working Group Meeting between India and Germany Co-chaired by Shri Amarjeet Sinha, Additional Secretary, MHRD and Deputy Director General, BMBF (German Ministry of Education & Science)
17th November, 2014 India-US Higher Education Dialogue Co-Chaired by Secretary, Higher Education and US Under Secretary of State
13th November 6th India-UK Education Forum Meeting Co-Chaired by Hon’ble HRM and Minister of Universities, Science and Cities, UK
10-12 November, 2014 India participated in the 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) commemorating the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014) in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan
4-21 November, 2014 First batch of Nepalese Students hosted under Bharat-Nepal Shiksha Maitri Karyakram at the University of Calcutta.
30-31 October, 2014 2nd SAARC Education Ministers Meeting was hosted by India in New Delhi. The Meeting was Chaired by Hon’ble HRM
21st October, 2014 A function to commemorate the relocation of the statue of Sri Aurobindo was held at UNESCO Paris
14-16 October, 2014 The first batch of 13 Joint research Projects between India and Norway were announced during the visit of Hon’ble President of India to Norway in October 2014
9th September, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. Mr. P. Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister of Education, Malaysia
5th August, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development with Hon’ble Mr. Hakuban Shimomura, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
30th July, 2014 A German delegation met Secretary, Higher Education for discussion on skill development for undertaking a study in India for potential collaborations
22nd July, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development with H.E. Ambassador of Norway to India
8th July, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development with Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women
3rd July 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with Director, UNESCO New Delhi Office and UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Mr Shigeru Aoyagi
3rd July, 2014 An International Seminar on Higher Education Statistics and Public Information was inaugurated by Mr T. C. A Anant, Chief Statistician of India (CSI) and Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, on 3rd July, 2014 at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The Seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Planning Commission and UNESCO New Delhi
2nd July, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with Hon’ble Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law, Republic of Singapore
25-27 June, 2014 Leadership development workshop for Community College leaders was convened at UGC under India-Australia cooperation. The workshop was inaugurated by Secretary, Higher Education. Australian Further Education officials interacted with India’s Community College Leaders
26th June, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of France to India, Mr. François Richier
15-25 June, 2014 38th session of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee was held in Doha, Qatar, from 15 to 25 June 2014. India’s two new heritage sites, Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat and Great Himalayan National National Park, Himachal Pradesh were inscribed on the permanent list of World Heritage in the meeting. India was also elected as the Vice Chair of the World Heritage Committee
11th June, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of Bhutan to India, Major General Vestop Namgyel
11th June, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of Germany to India, Mr. Michael Steiner
10th June, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the British High Commissioner, Mr. James Bevan
29th May, 2014 Meeting of Hon’ble HRM with H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Israel to India, Mr. Alon Ushpiz
April-May, 2014 AICTE conducted Leadership Development programme with U.K.’s Further Education Institutions, 144 participants (Mostly Polytechnics) participated in training in Chennai and Chandigarh. Participants are currently working on change projects which would be evaluated by Dudley College and AICTE jointly after which they would undergo training in UK (Dudley College)
12-14 May, 2014 UNESCO’s Global Education for All Meeting was held at Muscat, Oman. Ms. Vrinda Sarup, Additional Secretary, School Education and Ms. Ruchira Kamboj, PRI participated in the meeting

Recent  Initiatives

Nepal

Bharat Nepal Shiksha Maitri Karyakram-  During the Indo-Nepal Joint Commission Meeting held on 26th July, 2014, India announced a prgramme entitled  “Bharat Nepal Shiksha Maitri Karyakram”  for the students from Nepal. The Programme would be a 4-6 week attachment programme for undergraduate students from Nepal.  It aims at promoting awareness on different facets of life in India and the progress made by the country in various fields e.g. economic and industrial development,  Science & Technology, Communication & Information Technology, Indian education, art, culture, etc. It would offer short term courses in the form of summer/winter schools to familiarize the Nepalese students about the significant developments taking place in different sectors.  Such short term courses shall aim at providing an opportunity to the target young minds to better understand and appreciate contemporary India, foster closer ties and enhance their engagement with India. Entire cost of the programme would be borne by the Government of India.

Bhutan

During the recent visit of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Bhutan, it was proposed that Government of India would provide assistance for the establishment of the digital section/ E-library in the National Library of Bhutan and in all 20 districts of Bhutan.