India and China held their first Joint Working Group meeting on education in Beijing to discuss the various aspects of their respective education systems as well as exploring areas of cooperation.
The Indian delegation was headed by Madan Mohan, Additional Director General (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development of India. Meanwhile, Fang Jun, Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of China led the Chinese side.
A statement by the Indian Embassy in China stated: “Discussion was also held on exploring the possibility of signing an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications as well as promoting greater student exchange.”
India’s focus at the meeting was the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), and the Study in India programme.
Increasing number of Indian students studying in China
With 21,000 out of a total 23,000 Indian students enrolled on programmes in China studying medicine, China recently designated 45 of their 200 medical colleges to teach MBBS course in English medium.
Conversely, less Chinese students are opting to study in India. India’s information technology programmes and engineering courses in particular are trying to attract Chinese talent.
Recently, the India government released a dossier barring its universities from entering into any agreement for exchange programmes with the institutions in China without the prior clearance from the Ministries of External and Home Affairs.
During the meeting, both nations agreed to undertake activities such as school student exchanges, organising a seminar on education in China and other collaborative activities as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China.
The Indian statement added: “They also recognised that educational exchanges are [an] important component of people-to-people exchange between the two countries and welcomed greater mobility of students to study in each other’s countries and facilitate greater faculty exchanges.”
The next Joint Working Group meeting between India and China is to be held in India in 2020.
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