During the visit of the Indian delegation headed by Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Minister of Human Resource Development, India to Mauritius from 19th to 20th November 2013, India has taken steps to boost its education ties with Mauritius. Dr. Pallam Raju held bilateral meetings with the Minister for Tertiary Education, Science and Research, Dr. R. Jeetah and with Minister of Education and Human Resources of the Republic of Mauritius Dr. Vasant Kumar Bunwaree.

In order to strengthen the educational ties between the two countries two MoUs have been signed between India and Mauritius during the Indian delegation visit to Mauritius.

  • The first MoU is between IIT, Delhi and Mauritius Research Council for setting up of an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in Mauritius.
  • The second MoU between India and Mauritiushas been finalized and signed is between Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and Tertiary Education Council (TEC) of Mauritius for mutual recognition of educational qualifications.
    • The MoU will see to it that both the organizations assist the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications awarded to students in Mauritius and India.
    • AIU and TEC would advise higher education institutions in the corresponding countries on the provision of higher education and the comparability of qualification with the aim of facilitating academic mobility and cooperation.
    • They will make available information on currently recognized higher education institutions in their respective countries.

During the Indian delegation November 2013 visit to Mauritius, both the countries agreed on the following points:

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) will facilitate linkages with higher education institutions running Oceanography related programmes and research in Ocean Studies. The Joint Research Programmes such as resource mapping and the holding of workshops in collaboration with institutions dealing with ocean studies will be taken into consideration.
  • Collaboration with the institutions will be facilitated for exchange of researchers, academics and faculty members to develop higher education programmes in the area of Petroleum Engineering/Chemical Engineering.
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development will support in providing for E-learning and sharing of open education resources developed in India.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi will collaborate in extending cyber security and cyber systems programmes to University of Mauritius.

Also, on the sidelines of the official meetings, Professor Ved Prakash, UGC Chairman met with Executive Director of the Tertiary Education Council of Mauritius and explained the provisions of law which need to be followed by the Indian Educational Institutions operating in Mauritius.

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