MoS Sanjay Dhotre discusses with South African counterpart on bilateral issues

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay Dhotre, discussed mutual issues on education with the Buti Kgwaridi Manamela South African Deputy Minister for Higher Education . During the meeting, the conversation between the two ministers was focused chiefly on the recent Government of India initiatives and agreements under compromise between the two countries. The South African minister raised the issue concerning an agreement on collaboration in the field of Higher Education including mutual acknowledgment of different scholastic qualifications.

Dhotre stressed the remarkable association connected the two countries and also mentioned Mahatma Gandhi’s involvement in the non-violent movement in South Africa. “They also proposed the formation of a Joint Committee on Education involving the two countries for better coordination,” an official release read. An all-inclusive Memorandum of Association covering different facets of mutual cooperation in the field of
education is under support between the two countries.

“MoS also specified that South Africa is one of the countries covered under the GoI’s Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), a plan aimed towards improving the research ecosystem by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian institutions and the best institutions in the world to together solve problems of national and international relevance,” the release said. Since the beginning of the scheme in 2018, four research project proposals from the South African institutions have been established. Likewise, 17 reputed South African staff members have arrived in the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) programme, for instant teaching assignments in the Indian institutions.

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