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India and the United Kingdom Agree to Further Strengthen the Cooperation in Education

India and the United Kingdom Agree to Further Strengthen the Cooperation in Education

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani at the 6th India-UK Bilateral Education Forum, in New Delhi on November 13, 2014.

The Sixth India-UK Education Forum Meeting took place in New Delhi today. Smt. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and Mr Greg Clark, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities of the United Kingdom co-chaired the meeting. Both the countries discussed the existing bilateral cooperation initiatives in education and also agreed to further strengthen it by taking up several new initiatives. Both sides also acknowledged the cooperation mechanism through joint UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

Both sides also discussed the Chevening Scholarships for Indian students; two-way student mobility; Generation UK-India programme which will support up to 25,000 young people from the UK to come to India over the next 5 years and initiatives supported by DFID. The UK delegation confirmed that they will put in four times more resources for the Chevening scholarships for Indian students and make it the largest Chevening Programme in the World. The Indian delegation emphasized that, along with students from UK, they would also like to welcome teachers and faculty members under its new programme, Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN), the response to which was extremely positive from the Minister leading the UK delegation.

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2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held - Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

2nd Meeting of SAARC Education Ministers Held – Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani Addresses the SAARC Meet

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani addressing the 2nd meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education, in New Delhi on October 31, 2014. The Secretary General, SAARC, Shri Arjun Bahadur Thapa is also seen.

The 2nd Meeting of SAARC Ministers of Education/Higher Education was held at New Delhi today (October 31, 2014). The Union HRD Minister of India, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, was unanimously elected to the Chair. While addressing the Meeting she reiterated India’s initiatives for strengthening mutual cooperation amongst the Member States and the need for a well focussed strategy for growing together in the SAARC region. She said “Resolve of our nations to work, study and think together has materialized in the form of South Asian University which is funded jointly by all the member countries and has started functioning nearly 4 years ago in New Delhi. It should be our joint endeavour to see it emerge as an institute of excellence which could contribute to creation of knowledge in the region through quality higher education at an affordable cost.”

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Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

Strengthening Educational Ties Between India and Norway

The Ambassador of Norway to India, Mr. Eivind S. Homme calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani, in New Delhi on July 22, 2014.

Mr. Eivind S. Homme, Ambassador of Norway to India met Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at New Delhi today. The Ambassador expressed the hope that under her leadership, education ties will be further strengthened between India and Norway.

A collaboration between India and Norway in the high altitude studies, particularly for the National Institute of Himalayan Studies announced in the General Budget this year was taken up by the Union HRD Minister. She also emphasized on collaboration in the area of energy studies.

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The Union Budget 2014 Has Many Aspects Which Would Promote Education In The Country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Budget 2014 Has Many Aspects Which Would Promote Education In The Country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley departs from North Block to Parliament House along with the Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge), Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman to present the General Budget 2014-15, in New Delhi on July 10, 2014.

The Union Budget 2014 has many aspects which would promote education in the country: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

The Minister feels that:

  • The focus of the Budget has been on education and skill development. In particular, the Plan Budget of Higher Education has been considerably increased in 2014-15. In the School Education and Literacy sector also, the increase has been substantial. Overall, the Budget of the Ministry of HRD (Plan & Non-Plan), of both the Departments of Higher Education and Department of School Education & Literacy taken together, will witness an increase of 12.3 per cent from Rs. 74,621 crores in RE 2013-14 to Rs. 83,771 crores.
  • The Budget has specially focused on education of girl child which is one of the major priorities of this Government.
  • The Budget highlights the resolve to provide the residual one lakh girls toilets and drinking water facilities in schools which will benefit 100 lakh girls in the first phase. This would enable girls to not only enrol in schools but also stay in schools. When girls get the needed sanitation facilities in schools, they would demand similar facilities at home, leading to a cleaner India.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

Union HRD Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Meets Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law, Republic of Singapore

The Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Law of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. K. Shanmugam calling on the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in New Delhi on July 02, 2014.

Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Law, Republic of Singapore met the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, at New Delhi today. During the meeting, the Minister Mr. Shanmugam mentioned about the close relations between Singapore and India and the multifaceted partnership of the two countries in the field of economic cooperation, defence & security issues and education & culture. He also mentioned that both countries are celebrating 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations from August, 2014-2015 onwards for which year-long activities are planned, highlighting our vibrant partnership.

HRM reciprocated the feelings of the visiting Minister and recalled the warm relations and strong bonds that exist between the two countries. As part of the celebrations of 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations, she offered Singapore to be the Guest of Honour Country during the next New Delhi World Book Fair to be held from 14-22 February, 2015. The HRM also mentioned that the National Book Trust of India is translating many books of Singapore, including the book titled "50 Stories from My Life" authored by the former President of Singapore Shri S.R. Nathan.

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New Central University for Himalayan Technology To Be Set Up In Uttarakhand Says HRD Minister Smriti Irani

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said that a new Central University for Himalayan Technology will soon be set up in Uttarakhand. The Institute will also have international faculty, the Minister said, while having an interactive session with state representatives at the Conference of State Secretaries of Higher and Technical Education in New Delhi today.

Smt. Smriti Irani expressed concern at the large number of Institutes and Universities mushrooming in various parts of the country with no standard facilities or full faculty. She asked the States to monitor such Institutes to ensure that they conform to the standards. The Minister also supported a strong "Know Your College" drive whereby it would be possible to get the details of Colleges on the website, which would help the students to make correct choices.

The Minister sought the help of states to create an enabling environment for education of children in backward areas, minorities, women, weaker sections and tribal zones. Special steps are being taken by the Ministry to meet needs of higher education of students from the North-east in the form of collaborative efforts with premier institutes of the country, she said.

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