04-21-2015, 03:14 PM
New Delhi: Arguing that India is the second largest source country of students who want to study abroad, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Tuesday said they are looking forward to cooperation in education between the two countries.
The bishop, who is a four-day visit to India, made the remarks when setting up the collection of the students of St. Stephen the school here.
"India is the second largest source country of students who want to study abroad. We look forward to extend the training to facilitate greater student exchange programs between the two countries cooperation," the bishop said.
Australian Foreign Minister told the students, "the new Colombo plan" that supports the Australian students to study and undertake internships Pacific region.
"A number of Indian students studying in Australia has more than India, Australia, the number of students. We have closed. The plan provides scholarships for students to pursue higher studies in India," he said.
New Colombo Plan was launched in the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited India in September last year.
Colombo plan was launched in 1950 and the students visited the universities in Australia to live and to earn and then return to the home country when back a wealth of experience.
The new plan involves a grant program of up to a year, and internships and mentorships, investigations and flexible mobility grants for short and long-term courses, internships, mentorships, practicums (practical part of the course), and research. It intends to promote two-way flow of students in the area.
The letter of intent was signed in the University of Melbourne and St. Stephen's College today to extend mutual support to each other in academia.
St. Stephen College principal Valson Thampu, however, said the details of the cooperation has been drawn up yet.
"We have signed a letter of intent today. It would be what kind of cooperation has yet to be developed. It is too early to say whether the student exchange program such as the Delhi University has not yet been removed. We see how it goes," said Thampu.