1st Australia India Education and Skill Council Meeting

  • Union Minister for Education and Skill Development, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan held a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart, HE Jason Clare, MP, Education Minister.
  • Steady progress in the areas of mutual recognition of qualifications, establishment of joint working groups, joint skill collaborations, collaboration between HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) for joint degrees, study in India, internationalisation of India’s education, visa-related issues for Indian students and research scholars.
  • Shri Pradhan co-chaired the 1st Australia India Education and Skill Council meeting with Australian Ministers HE Jason Clare, MP, Education Minister and HE Brendan O’Connor, Skills & Training Minister. 
  • In Gandhinagar, Gujarat.


  • Earlier known as the Australian India Education Council (AIEC)
  • It is a bi-national body established in 2011.
  • To guide the strategic direction of the education, training and research partnerships between the two countries.
  • To bring focus on promoting internationalisation, two-way mobility and collaboration in the domains of education as well as the skill ecosystem.
  • For the first time education and skilling are being brought under the same institutional forum.
  • 5 MoUs between Australian and Indian HEIs have been exchanged today to facilitate greater research collaborations in areas like agriculture, water management, critical minerals, healthcare, AI, renewable energy and climate change.
  • To create more opportunities for advancing educational, research and innovation priorities, student and faculty exchanges, and more twining programs/dual degrees.
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