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November 12, 2021

130 Nations endorse India's vision on Internationalization of Higher Education at Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi

Internationalization of Education

Photo: India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Education Ministry Officials, and diplomats from various countries in a group photograph during a Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi on November 12, 2021.

NEW DELHI, November 12, 2021 — As many as 130 nations endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on internationalization of Education while participating in the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

While participating in the first of its kind Diplomatic Conclave organized on Friday in New Delhi, 175 ambassadors and senior diplomats deliberated on the global issues, including exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing the standards of Higher Education in India as well as in participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, attended the Conclave and higher officials of both the ministries.

The idea of global partnership in the field of Education, which is the theme of the Diplomatic Conclave, has drawn tremendous response internationally, as validated by the presence of Ambassadors and Senior Diplomatic from 130 nations in the Conclave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his thoughts and said that the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University is deeply rooted in the tenet of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutambakam’ (the whole world is one family). It has brought together a mini-world on a common platform for fostering global partnerships in the field of Education.

The Prime Minister stressed in his message, “India’s New Education Policy emphasizes on connecting our young generation with a modern and national education system while drawing inspiration from our proud heritage. The objective of the education reforms is to make learning holistic and empower our youth.”

The Prime Minister said that the coming together of Ambassadors and Diplomats of several countries at the Conclave would facilitate a vibrant exchange of thoughts, leading to a roadmap for mutual partnerships between nations in the field of Education. “I am sure that the discussions at the Conclave will lead to the preparation of a strategic blueprint for greater synergy in internationalization of Higher Education,” he said.

Inaugurating the Conclave, Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, pitched the Government of India’s plan of making India a Vishwaguru by establishing a Global Partnership amongst the nations in the field of Education, Research, and Innovation.

Addressing the audience, Minister Pradhan spoke about India’s inherent strength as a knowledge center of the world and the role of Education in shaping India’s place in the post-COVID new world order.

The Conclave witnessed continuous and stirring discussion among ambassadors divided into different groups on exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing higher education standards in India and participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

During the Valedictory Session of the Conclave, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, noted that the quest for Education has long mobilized students, both Indians going to other countries and the international students studying in India.

“The challenge today is to re-imagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole. It is only when exchanges of ideas, creativity, and knowledge are more diversified that we can strive for multiple art and democratic world,” said the Minister in a special video message for the ambassadors and diplomats.

“I believe that today’s event is one step in that direction, and it will help in promoting and fostering greater international cooperation,” he concluded.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, the chief guest at the Valedictory session, also interacted with the Ambassadors and the Diplomats.

“I am glad that Chandigarh University and its Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu have taken the initiative to organize this Diplomatic Conclave to strengthen India’s rising position in the world of higher education,” he said.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Council for Public Diplomacy, U.S Embassy in India, said, “India’s New Education Policy is a significant step towards becoming a global knowledge economy. In addition, the New Education Policy provides the opportunity to strengthen the India-US educational links and innovate and improve the skill-based creativity in Higher Education.”

Dr. Stephen Grabherr, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Germany in India, said, “India’s role in the world has become increasingly important in recent years. The world has seen this rise of India, and now it is reaching out to the world with its New Education Policy which will surely transform the idea of Global Education.”

Hailing India’s New Education Policy, Ian Biggs, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, referred to it as an impactful and innovative policy.

Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, said that the discussions and deliberations at the Conclave gave a remarkable insight into the transformation of Global Higher Education.

Sources: Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Chandigarh University

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