India and UK to work on mutual recognition of academic qualifications, strengthening collaboration in education.

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Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab on Wednesday hailed India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 as visionary and expressed the resolve of strengthening India-UK collaboration on deepening engagement in the field of education and research.

According to an official release, Raab, during a bilateral meeting with Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, said that the proposed reforms of NEP 2020 will open up opportunities for students, economy and for deeper engagement and collaboration between the two countries.

Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the UK in 2018 where he stated that education is a living bridge between India and UK, Raab said that this policy will help make the bridge even stronger while adding that the UK has a lot of respect for India’s academic vigour, and the contribution of the Indian student community is highly valued by his country.

The UK Foreign Secretary and Pokhriyal agreed to work to deepen their engagement in the field of education and research and work collaboratively on mutual recognition of academic qualifications over the next year. Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre, and Secretary of Higher Education Amit Khare, among senior officials of the Ministry, were also present in the meeting.

India and the UK have agreed to set up a joint Task Force consisting of designated higher education organizations from both countries to work towards mutual recognition of academic qualifications.

According to a release, both sides expressed hope and confidence that they would further enhance mutual engagement in the field of education, research and innovation, leading to deeper and stronger bilateral relations.