Minister Pyne Concludes Successful Visit To IndiaTue 25th August 2015
Australia’s then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, visited India between 22-25 August 2015. He was accompanied by a delegation of over 40 senior education leaders from Australian schools, vocational and higher education sectors including vice- chancellors.
In Mumbai, he witnessed the opening of the new collaborative Research Academy between the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University in Australia. His visit to Delhi included a call on Prime Minister Modi, bilateral meetings with India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smt Smriti Irani, and the third meeting of the Australia-India Education Council. He also delivered a keynote address at Jawarharlal Nehru University, witnessed the opening of the Australia-India Institute Node in New Delhi, and launched the BRIDGE programme to connect Indian and Australian schools at DPS RK Puram.
Minister Pyne was also accompanied by Mr Adam Glichrist AM who was appointed as Australia’a first Australia- India Education Ambassador.
His delegation continued to Bangalore, where they engageed in a research symposium with prominent south Indian research institutions at the Indian Institute of Science, and were hosted by Infosys to tour their global HQ and discuss potential collaboration.
The following press releases from Minister Pyne can be found with more details about the visit here:
The joint Ministerial Communique and MoU between the Governments of Australia and India can be found here, while the activity report of the Australia-India Education Council can be found here.
A document summarising the outcomes of the Research Symposium can be found here, with recommendations for best practice collaboration between Australian and Indian research institutions.
A gallery with pictures from the visit can be found here.