Pradhan meets counterparts from Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana

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NEW DELHI Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ghana today in New Delhi. During the bilateral meetings, the Union Minister of Education called for strengthening cooperation on education and skills.

Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mauritius, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Pradhan said that India and Mauritius have a special relationship and are united by history, culture, language and the Indian Ocean.

He stressed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given top priority to further deepen bilateral relations with Mauritius. He assured that India remains committed to partnering with Mauritius and assisting in capacity building in all areas of education and skills development.

According to an official statement, Pradhan further said that India will have the privilege of working with Mauritius to establish it as a knowledge and skills hub of Africa and Southeast Asia. Both countries agreed to work in totality to further deepen our involvement in the knowledge domain and also to liven up our partnership.

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Meeting with Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Zanzibar, Lela Muhamed Mussa, Pradhan said that India is happy to help Tanzania with the IIT project. IIT in Tanzania can be a hub for technology education in Africa. He offered the support needed for the implementation of the project and also shared India’s willingness to establish a 21st century skills center in Zanzibar. He also said that NEP is creating new avenues for education in India.

Pradhan invited Tanzanian and African students to study in India. HE Ms. Leela Muhamad Musa secured all needed support to revive education and skills cooperation and also for the prosperity of Tanzania and Zanzibar.

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Both ministers had meaningful talks about strengthening our traditionally close and cordial relationship and making knowledge and skills partnerships an important pillar of our bilateral relations.

Pradhan met with Raymore Machingura, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Zimbabwe, in his office today. They had fruitful discussions about strengthening our partnerships in education and skills development. Both India and Africa have shared ambitions and common priorities.

Pradhan suggested establishing a joint working group between India and Zimbabwe for education, skills development and capacity building. Machingura also shared his willingness to create a joint working group. Both ministers agreed to deepen our involvement from school to research for mutual prosperity and growth. India is proud to be a trusted partner of Zimbabwe and Africa.

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Dharmendra Pradhan during his meeting with Deputy Minister of Education, Ghana. John Ntim Fordjour suggested setting up institutional mechanisms and joint working groups between India and Ghana from kindergarten to research to achieve mutual priorities. John expressed his support for the idea and agreed to work together to strengthen academic engagement.

Ministers had productive discussions on enlivening our warm and cordial relations and on strengthening bilateral agreements on education and skills development.

“The ministers of Mauritius, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Ghana are here to attend the UNESCO India Africa Hackathon, which is currently underway. According to AISHE data (2019-20), a total of 11083 African students are studying in India,” the Ministry of Education said.

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