Dharmendra Pradhan Holds Skills Development Dialogue with Australian Minister

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of National Education

New Delhi:

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held bilateral talks with HE Brendan O’Connor, Australia’s Minister for Skills and Training today, August 23. The discussion centered on the potential for rolling out Australian skills standards and certification frameworks in India. Mr. Pradhan discussed various frameworks that include equipping young people in India with the skills of the future, connecting them to employment and improving skills outcomes.

The Minister of Education emphasizes deepening collaboration in the skills development sector and working together to create a highly productive and future-ready workforce. He also participated in “VET: policy dialogue on skills development for the future”. Mr. Pradhan also visited the Bendigo Kangan Institute Automotive Center of Excellence. Kangan Institute offers a range of nationally accredited TAFE qualifications, short courses and specialist training plans to meet unique needs, with flexible learning options including on-site training.

The Minister of Education said, “The rollout of NEP 2020, ground-breaking reforms in several areas and a thriving climate of innovation and start-ups have made India brimming with opportunity.” It hosted Deakin University and all Australian universities and skill institutions to explore opportunities in India. He gave a detailed overview of Deakin University, especially the industry-designed courses, research degrees, and pathways.

During the meeting, Mr. Pradhan shared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and efforts to transform India into a global hub for a skilled and highly productive workforce. “India’s young demography is its greatest strength in the 21st century and adds that a skilled India will contribute to the Indian economy as well as the global economy,” Mr. Prdhan said. He also expressed India’s interest in collaborations with Australian specialized institutions. He appreciated Australia’s willingness to partner with India to advance mutual skills development priorities and also to educate young Indians for the many opportunities in Australia.

Valerie J. Wallis