India-South Africa Bilateral Meet
9th Sep, 2022
Recently India and South Africa in a meeting held, agreed to develop institutional mechanisms for tie-ups between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) & Skill Institutions.
Key Highlights of the Meeting:
- Discussions were aimed at strengthening the academic & skill development partnerships and bilateral education cooperation.
- The Ministers agreed to develop institutional mechanisms for tie-ups between HEIs & skill institutions, mutual recognition of skill qualifications &capacity building in skill development.
- Also, it was agreed to set up a joint Working Group on Education between the two countries.
- Internalise the idea of Global cooperation for both the countries.
- Expanding the Education sector
- Beneficial for Advance Learning
- Future prospects of investment
- Increase trade and commerce
- More foreign students and Investments
- Better Infrastructure
- Can affect the educational fabric of Indian system.
- Advancements without Teacher training
- Handling and management of investments
- Joint committee may be biased for specific school and modern education.
- Lack of consensus from the local bodies and stakeholders
India’s role in international education
India has a long history of global interface in education. The ancient Indian universities: Nalanda and Taxila were truly international hubs.
- Introduction of National Education Policy (NEP)has already paved the way for the internationalisation of Indian education.
Government’s scheme to promote internationalisation
- Study in India
- For domestic students, the policy creates global immersion programs, encourages Indian universities to open branch campuses in other countries, and allows foreign universities to operate in India, facilitated through a new legislative framework.
- To attract international students, the policy provides low-cost, quality education; simplifies visa and internship policies; allocates funding for Indian universities to develop courses designed for international students; and encourages international research partnerships and agreements for mutual recognition of degrees.
- India has renewed its focus on becoming a destination country for international students and ramping up internationalization efforts on campuses across India.
Challenges in Expanding Internationalization Efforts
- Limitations on dual degrees
- market-related and cultural challenges
- regulatory barriers
- shortcomings related to campus life and postgraduation opportunities
- campus life often fails to provide the social and academic experience that international students look for when choosing a study destination.
- Investment in schools for differently abled students.
- Promoting Indian culture in schools Like Yoga, Ayurveda.
- Stakeholder’s consensus is must before any implementation
- Public awareness