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2015-04-16

Narendra Modi & Canada’s PM Harper identify education as key area for bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper have identified education as a `key area` for bilateral engagement.

Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have identified education as a `key area` for bilateral engagement. The two leaders have recognise that India as  a `priority country` under the North American nation`s International Education Strategy.

As per the joint statement released by the two leaders, Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Harper agreed to focus on student, faculty and people-to-people exchanges, declaring that cooperation in education should focus on building the quality of human resources in both countries.

The leaders welcomed Canada`s partnership in the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) of India to allow Canadian researchers to cooperate in learning, research and teaching in selected Indian educational institutions. They were glad to welcome the first co-funded student exchange programme through the Ministry of Human Resource Development`s Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme and Canada`s Mitacs Globalink Program.

Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Harper also welcomed the MoUs between the Indian National Skill Development Council and 13 Canadian colleges, institutes, and Sector Skills Councils in the fields of agriculture, apparel and textiles, automotive, aviation, construction, green economy, healthcare, hydrocarbons, IT, telecom and electronics, sports sector, and water.

They also agreed to renew the Canada-India MoU on Higher Education on a rolling basis. Addressing the press, Prime Minister Modi later said that the agreement between the two countries on the procurement of uranium from Canada for India`s civilian nuclear power plants launches a new era of bilateral cooperation. Prime Minister Modi`s trip to Canada is the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 42 years.

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