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India-South Africa Bilateral Meet

Published: 8th 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

  • GIAN
  • 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

Required measures


  • 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


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