India and Japan are planning to increase inter-country internship programs to boost their skill development. Both countries have discussed strengthening collaboration in the area of skill development and increasing bilateral technical exchanges.
On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu met Union Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Mahendranath Pandey in New Delhi to plan more inter-country internship programs. During the meeting, they also discussed the proposal of speeding up Technical Internship Training Program and implementing the same at a larger scale as it has the potential to increase employment opportunities for youth.
An official statement said “Consequently, India could witness more investment from Japan in the near future. Previously, Japan indicated its ambitions to increase the number of Japanese companies in India, and its will to empower the Indian youth with more technical skills.”
India and Japan memorandum
India and Japan had already signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoU) on Technical Intern Training Program which opens the way for sending Indian technical interns to Japan for on-the-job training for a period of 3 to 5 years.