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India and Australia have signed a framework mechanism for mutual recognition of qualifications, which will enable the two countries to ease the mobility of students and professionals between them.

The agreement was signed following a bilateral meeting in New Delhi on Thursday (2 March) between Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and his Australian counterpart Jason Clare.

This agreement is part of the commitment made by the Prime Ministers of both countries at the second India-Australia virtual summit held on 21 March 2022, to establish a joint taskforce for mutual recognition of qualifications.

The mechanism covers both education and skill qualifications of the two countries and will help facilitate two-way mobility of young people for education and employment purposes by mutually recognising various levels of education and skill qualifications.

Addressing the media, Pradhan said that Australia and India are committed to making the knowledge pillar a key aspect of their bilateral relationship. He informed that both the countries agreed to create new frameworks of partnership to take their bilateral relations to new heights.

Australian Education Minister, Jason Clare, said that Australia is very keen to broaden the partnership between the two countries in the field of education as well as skilling.

He added that the agreement signed on Thursday will make it easier for students to study in each other’s countries and also provide recognition to various levels of education and skill qualifications.