Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan on a four-day visit to Australia to strengthen Indo-Australian ties and to explore the connect, collaborate and cooperate aspect in education and skill development.
In his statement prior to the Departure, Shri Pradhan said that reforms in India’s education sector and the renewed vigor in India-Australia bilateral relations open up immense opportunities for both sides to establish the knowledge economy as a key pillar of our cooperation. He expressed his confidence that the tour will add momentum to our unity of purpose, help build trans-national knowledge bridges, further broaden our engagements at all levels in all areas of learning, skilling, research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and deepen people-to-people connections.
During his 4-day visit, on 21st August, the Minister will interact with the Indian diaspora. The next day, Shri Pradhan will be visiting Western Sydney University (WSU) to co-chair the 6th meeting of the Australia India Education Council with Australian Counterpart Ms. Jason Clare. Along with HE Sarah Mitchell MLC, NSW Minister for Education, Shri Pradhan will be visiting a school. He will also visit TAFE NSF and The University of New South Wales (UNSW) based in Sydney, where he will be interacting with the Vice-Chancellors and senior representatives of the Australian Government, Department of Education.
On 23rd August 2022, the Minister will be visiting the Kangan Institute and Deakin University in Melbourne. He will be meeting academicians and leaders of the Australian education and skilling ecosystem and the vibrant Indian diaspora residing in Melbourne. Shri Pradhan will also be holding a virtual bilateral meeting with HE Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training. The next day, Shri Pradhan will hold a Dialogue with a Group of Eight on building a successful Australia-India research collaboration. He will also hold a Dialogue, organized by the Australian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Monash University. Later, the Minister will be interacting with the Indian Students in Melbourne.