The first meeting of the Australia India Education and Skills Council (AIESC) was held on 6 November 2023 at IIT Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The two-day (6-7 November) event is being attended by senior government officials from India and Australia as well as heads of higher education institutions and skill sectors from both the countries.
Chairmanship of AIESC:
- This meeting was jointly chaired by Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the Government of India, Jason Claire MP, Minister of Education of the Government of Australia and Brendan O'Connor, Minister of Skills and Training, Government of Australia.
Australia India Education and Skills Council (AIESC):
- The Australia India Education and Skills Council, previously called the Australia India Education Council (AIEC), was set up in 2011 as a bi-national entity to steer the strategic course of the educational, training, and research collaboration between both nations.
Scope of AIESC:
- The scope of the Forum was expanded in line with the national priorities of both the countries to focus on promoting internationalisation, two-way movement and cooperation in education as well as skills eco-systems.
- This is the first time that education and skills are being brought under a single institutional platform.
- The visit is expected to promote cooperation, partnership and coordination in important areas of mutual interest in the education and skills sector.
Objectives of AIESC:
- The meeting provided a platform for academic and skill experts to discuss a wide range of mutually agreed priorities, with the ultimate aim of shaping the future of education and skills in both the countries.
- Discussions will focus on three key themes of shaping the future workforce, strengthening institutional partnerships in academia, and enhancing research impact through internationalization.
Identification of new topics for cooperation between the two sides:
- Ministers will tour pivotal institutions to pinpoint significant areas for collaboration.
- This includes a visit to the Creative Learning Centre, IIT Gandhinagar, which aims to inculcate scientific temper and interest in students and teachers through creation of devices, dissemination of ideas focusing on STEM arts, toys, setting up of science centers at IIT Gandhinagar and laboratory work. Works on fostering inherent creativity.
- The ministers will also visit Pandit Deendayal Urja University (PDDU) and Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK).
Ministers Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDDU):
- PDDU was founded to stay abreast of the swiftly changing and competitive energy sector, strategize for the future, foster essential intellectual assets, and cultivate human resource expertise.
Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK):
- VSK aims to reinforce the goals of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020).
- It is an institutional structure that enables a consolidated and shared ‘vision’ to enhance data-based decision-making and action by key stakeholders for academic and non-academic activities and thus improve learning outcomes.