In­dia, France sign mu­tual agree­ments

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Education - Prashant K Nanda

NEW DELHI In­dia and France on Satur­day inked an agree­ment to rec­og­nize each other’s aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions pav­ing way for a stronger ed­u­ca­tion ex­change and labour mo­bil­ity in fu­ture.

Un­der­lin­ing the “long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship” be­tween France and In­dia, hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Prakash Java de kart er med the“mu­tual recog­ni­tion of ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions” be­tween France and In­dia as his­toric. “It is his­toric…for the first time, a govern­ment to govern­ment MoU (mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing) has been signed to mu­tu­ally rec­og­nize aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions. It will help the stu­dent community. There used to be only bi­lat­eral ar­range­ments be­tween in­sti­tu­tions to in­sti­tu­tions,” he said in New Delhi. “I hope more and more coun­tries, like France, will come for­ward for mu­tual recog­ni­tion of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions so that the mo­bil­ity of students and pro­fes­sion­als im­proves,” Javadekar added.

Fred­erique Vidal, French min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and in­no­va­tion, said France is ea­ger to at­tract more In­dian students to study there. In 2017, 5,000 In­dian students went to France to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion, a 60% jump over the pre­vi­ous year. France wishes to take this num­ber to 10,000 by 2020. If France suc­ceeds in at­tract­ing that many students, it may be placed among top five coun­tries for In­dian students seek­ing for­eign de­grees and may be­come a key chal­lenger to UK as an abroad ed­u­ca­tional des­ti­na­tion for In­di­ans. The move will also al­low bet­ter pro­fes­sional mo­bil­ity mean­ing more doc­tors, lawyers, re­searchers, sci­en­tists and other skilled pro­fes­sion­als from both the coun­tries may move to prac­tice or stay in each other coun­tries. Apart from the MoU on mu­tual recog­ni­tion of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions be­tween In­dia and France, 15 MoUs be­tween var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of In­dia and France in the ar­eas of higher ed­u­ca­tion, re­search and in­no­va­tion.

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