Indian and Australian Education Ministers Pledge to Enhance Research Partnerships


Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday met his Australian counterpart Jason Clare and both countries agreed to increase research collaborations in priority areas including mines and minerals and critical minerals, Pradhan said. The two countries agreed to have more research in areas of agriculture, mines and minerals, logistics, renewal energy, water management, healthcare, and artificial intelligence, and increase student and faculty exchange programmes, dual degree, twin degree, and joint Ph.D., he said.

The two ministers held discussions at the first Australia-India Education and Skill Council Meeting of the two countries organised in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar.

They also had a bilateral meeting before the event. Pradhan said the meeting was successful and fruitful.

Agreements between the two countries in the field of collaborative research as well as increasing student and faculty exchange programmes, twin and dual degrees and PhDs, “not only complement each other’s economy and aspiration, but also fulfil global requirements as envisioned by our leader PM Modi, which was the theme of the G20 (hosted by India),” he said.