India, Australia Ink Pack on Higher Education

As India and Australia signed an agreement on higher education, Union Human Resources Minister Kapil Sibal has said that Indian students continue to fly to Australia for higher studies, and government has not stopped them from doing so, said media reports.

Talking to reporters, Sibal said that New Delhi wanted to take the ‘relationship forward’ with Canberra, reports said.

According to a report of Australian news agency AAP, a joint ministerial statement was signed to expand the education exchange programme between the two countries.

Now an India-Australia Council, having experts from both the countries, will be established, reports said.

The relation between India and Australia had soured following the fatal stabbing of Nitin Garg Jan 2 in this city. A travel advisory had also been issued to Indian students coming to Australia.

Sibal said that he believed the attacks on young Indias had come down, said reports.

“The fact that I am here suggests we want to take the relationship forward, it does not an that we are not concerned about what’s happening here. The advisory obviously was given at a point in time when the incidents were at a height…students are still coming to Australia, we have not prevented them,” he was quoted as saying.

“I think the Australian government is taking strong steps in that direction to prevent those thing happening.”

(Based on internet reports)

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