Pradhan meets counterparts from Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana

New Delhi : Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ghana in New Delhi today. During the bilateral meetings, the Union Education Minister called for strengthening cooperation in education and skills.

During the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mauritius, Leela Devi Dukun-Lachumun, Pradhan said that India and Mauritius enjoy a special relationship and are united by history, culture, language and the Indian Ocean Huh.

He highlighted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accorded top priority to further deepening bilateral relations with Mauritius. He assured that India is committed to work closely with Mauritius and provide assistance in capacity building in all areas of education and skill development.

According to an official statement, Pradhan further said that India would be privileged to work with Mauritius to establish Mauritius as a knowledge and skill hub for Africa and South-East Asia. Both countries agreed to work holistically to further deepen our ties in the field of knowledge and make our partnership more vibrant.

During the meeting with Laila Muhammad Musa, Minister of Education and Vocational Training of Zanzibar, Pradhan said that India is happy to assist Tanzania with the IIT project. The IIT in Tanzania can become the hub of technology education in Africa. They put forth the support needed for the implementation of the project and also shared India’s desire to set up a 21st Century Skills Center in Zanzibar. He also said that NEP is creating new avenues of education in India.

Pradhan invited Tanzanian and African students to study in India. Her Excellency Ms. Leila Muhammad Musa assured all necessary support to make education and skills cooperation more vibrant and for the prosperity of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Both the Ministers held fruitful talks on consolidating our traditionally close and cordial relations and making knowledge and skills sharing a key pillar of our bilateral relations.

Pradhan today held a meeting with Raymore Machingura, Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development of Zimbabwe, at his office. They had useful discussions on intensifying our partnership in education and skill development. Both India and Africa have shared aspirations and mutual priorities.

Pradhan suggested setting up a joint working group between India and Zimbabwe on education, skill development and capacity building. Machingura also shared his desire to set up a joint working group. Both the Ministers agreed to deepen our ties from school to research for mutual prosperity and growth. India is proud to be a trusted partner of Zimbabwe and Africa.

Dharmendra Pradhan during a meeting with the Deputy Education Minister of Ghana. John Ntim Fordjor proposed the establishment of institutional mechanisms and joint working groups between India and Ghana, from pre-school to research, to achieve mutual priorities. John agreed to the idea and agreed to work together to strengthen academic linkages.

The Ministers held fruitful discussions on furthering our warm and cordial relations and strengthening bilateral relations in the areas of education and skill development.

“Ministers from Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ghana are here to participate in the UNESCO India Africa Hackathon, which is currently underway. As per AISHE data (2019-20), a total of 11083 African students are studying in India.

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