Trade and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Wednesday that the dual degree program under the trade agreement with Australia will help provide more and more Indians with high quality and enhance cooperation between universities of the two countries.
Goyal, who is in Australia for a three-day visit, said both sides are working on it.
There will be mutual recognition of educational qualifications and at the same time “we also look” at degrees given jointly, “say by IIT in India and a university in Australia or by a medical university in India and a medical university in Australia,” he said. the minister.
The move would help students gain more exposure, experience, newer skills and newer knowledge and will be good for students from both countries, he said.
“The advantage of double degrees is that we will help provide more and more Indians with good quality, so that the costs drop significantly, almost halved,” he told reporters here.
He added that the move would help recognize each other’s degrees and course content.
In the dual degree program between the countries, students would be allowed to study for two years in Australia and two years in India, subject to certain standards that are under discussion.
Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said the program will be fantastic for both countries because “If you are an Indian student or Australian student you can do one or two years of your studies in Australia and one-two years in India. The collaboration between universities will therefore grow.”
“I hope there will be double degrees between the universities in Australia and India,” Tehan said, adding that it will improve cooperation at the higher education level.
“So it’s a very special part of the agreement,” he added.
Tehan also said that both sides discussed yoga and ways to promote it here.
“One of the great things about the agreement is that yoga instructors can now come from India to Australia.” We applaud that because all the therapeutic benefits that yoga brings are so great,” he said.