India and Germany to further strengthen bonds over Education

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For the purpose of strengthening the bonds between the two countries India and German have decided to venture hand in hand into the higher education sector and aid each other in the fields of research, skill development and faculty exchange and development.

The two governments would sign the Joint declaration of Intent (JDI) in which there would be certain minor amendments from the previous MoU. The signing of this amendment was approved via the indian Union Cabinet that is chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The proposed JDI will be implementing the ‘Indo-German Partnerships in Higher Education’ and strengthen ties between the two counties even further.

The signing of the JDI would aid in further exploration of avenues in the field of education.

As per a government statement , “By signing the JDI, the term ‘strategic’ will be deleted from the title of the programme to make it ‘Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education’ and the funding period for the programme will be changed from 2015-19 to 2016-20.”

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In answer to a query regarding the recent controversial decision of the Indian Government to exclude German with Sanskrit as the third language in the Kendriya Vidyalayas around the nation would effect the ties between the two countries, the Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “We do not want to make relationship between India and Germany Sanskrit-centric.” He also stated that cooperation would be required between the two countries for smooth functioning of further ties in education sphere.

This agreement between the two countries would further aid the higher education institutes in both the countries and there could be possible avenues explored in the field of education, research and skill development through the mutual talent pool of these universities. It would also develop the faculty skills and advanced research would get a boost, especially in the areas where India is still facing challenges to grow.

India and German have decided to venture hand in hand into the higher education sector and aid each other in the fields of research, skill development and faculty exchange and development for the purpose of strengthening and improving the ties between them.

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