Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

India, Australia collaborate on education sector

A meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull was followed by six pacts, including one for cooperation in combating global terrorism and transnational organised crimes.

"My trip has been all about deepening more engaged collaboration between Australia and India in the fields of economics, sports, health, science and education", he said. A bill on Civil Nuclear Transfers to India was passed by both Australian houses in November 2016. We have asked for an early meeting of the identify areas where more work needs to be done, " Mr Turnbull said yesterday at a media conference alongside Mr Modi.

Turnbull, who is in India from 9 to 11 April, said that the volume of goods and services that flowed between the two nations past year amounted to $20bn.

It added that the duo "welcomed continued and deepened trilateral cooperation and dialogue among Australia, India and Japan".

A bilateral agreement between Australia and India for the supply of uranium was signed in 2014, and came into force in November 2015, although Australia's Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) recommended that uranium sales should begin only after conditions concerning India's nuclear regulatory regime, routine inspections and reactor decommissioning plans were fulfilled.

Australias Minister for Education & Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, made the announcement here and said the programme would also look at scaling up the number of apprentices in India. The deal would involve India and is a substitute to Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Australian PM also emphasised on the need to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China in the wake of the USA rejecting the TransPacific Partnership agreement.

After the talks, PM Modi said, "Our bilateral mechanisms on counter-terrorism and transnational crimes are functioning well".

In a rare gesture, the Indian Prime Minister took his Australian counterpart for a ride in the Delhi Metro Rail and visited the Akshardham Temple along the banks of the Yamuna river. He will be in India from 9 April to 12 April 2017.

Prime Minister Turnbull emphasised the role Australia's industry-led vocational education and training system, qualifications and training providers could play in India's program to train 400 million people by 2022.

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