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India and Germany Join Hands on Skill Agenda Germany Contributes 22.6 Crores INR for Skill Development in India

India and Germany are deepening their collaboration in the area of skill development. An implementation agreement was signed between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and (German International Cooperation (GIZ), to initiate a new project focused on adapting elements of the German dual system in select industrial clusters in India.

This new project will run for three years starting August 2016 with a budget of EUR 3,000,000 (22.6 Crores INR) – made available by the German Government and aims to foster conditions which will help create and improve cooperative workplace-based vocational training in India's industrial clusters. The project will be implemented in three selected clusters, which include the Automobile cluster in Maharashtra and Electronics cluster in Bangalore.

German technical assistance will be used to enhance industry institute partnerships between Indian and German organizations, build capacity of local training institutions and foster industry linkages which will help adapt elements of the German dual system, into the Indian context. This new project will also play an important role in supporting MSDE's existing programmes to scale up apprenticeship training.

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AICTE HQ New Office Complex Inaugurated by Sh. Upendra Kushwaha, MoS (HRD)

AICTE HQ New Office Complex Inaugurated by Sh. Upendra Kushwaha, MoS (HRD)

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha unveiling the plaque to inaugurate the newly constructed office complex of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), a statutory body of Govt. of India, Ministry of HRD, in New Delhi on August 12, 2016. The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Shri V.S. Oberoi, the Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Director General, DRDO, Dr. S. Christopher and other dignitaries are also seen.

The Newly constructed office complex of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was inaugurated today by Sh. Upendra Kushwaha, Union Minister of State (HRD). Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State stressed the importance of AICTE in cultivating technology for the transformation of India, especially the rural India. He wished that the AICTE in its best capacity fulfill the vision of our Prime Minister for transforming India through facilitating quality technical education for our youth.

Delivering the address, Sh. V.S Oberoi, Secretary (Higher Education) MHRD pointed out the role of close to 3 decades old AICTE in ensuring the access, equity and quality of technical education in India. Rather than just the regulating role, it increasingly acts as the catalyst in nurturing the technical educational environment of India, he added. Sh. R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary (Technical Education) who spoke, also stressed the importance of investment in technical education for the economic development of the nation. Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary (R&D), Dept of Defence and DG, DRDO and Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to Minister of Defence also graced the occasion. Dr. Anil D Sahastrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE gave the welcome address. Earlier, the Union Minister of State had hoisted national flag after unveiling the AICTE plaque.

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Strengthening Higher Education Sector in India

The Government had constituted a Review Committee headed by Dr. Hari Gautam, former Chairman UGC to review the working of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Committee had submitted its report. The process of reforms has already been initiated in the UGC. Significant funding reforms and regulatory reforms have been undertaken with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of regulatory mechanisms of the UGC.

The Central Government has launched several initiatives viz. National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), Impacting Research, Innovation & Technology (IMPRINT), Uchchtar Avishkar Yojna (UAY), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in the field of education for the qualitative development of education in the country. Under the NIRF, Educational Institutions will be ranked by an independent ranking Agency for which objective criteria has been developed. They shall be ranked separately in fields such as Engineering, Management, Pharma, Architecture etc.
Under the IMPRINT initiative, the Government has taken the initiative to address major engineering challenges through the collaborative efforts of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian

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