One-of-its kind initiative was taken by establishment of India-Australia Education Council, approved of by both countries India and Australia. This council is to bring together government, academia, business and industry of both the countries to further bilateral collaboration in the education sector. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD), and Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australia decided upon this in a meeting held yesterday in Melbourne, Australia, in recognition of the fact that education is central to sustained, inclusive and equitable growth.
Other signatures initiatives that were agreed upon by the ministers incorporated setting up a Joint Faculty Development Programme (JNDP) as also the organisation of a bilateral Inter University Convention of Vice Chancellors. These initiatives, together with the expansion of the existing Education Exchange Programme to include all levels of education, are aimed at greater cooperation in the education sector between the two countries. The MoUs that were signed in the presence of the two ministers were MoU between Association of Indian Universities and Universities Australia, MoU between Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Australian Council of Education Research, and MoU between The Energy Research Institute (TERI) and Deakin University.