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India, UK to promote development of community colleges

India, UK to promote development of community colleges New Delhi, Feb 20 : India and United Kingdom today singed two MOU to promote development of community colleges and implementation of school leadership programme.

The MOU are signed on behalf of India by Minister of State, HRD Jitin Prasada and for United Kingdom by David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science.

Willetts is in India as a member of high level delegation led by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The two sides also discussed ways and means to strengthen the education sector.

Speaking during the discussion Jitin Prasada noted the statement of the British Prime Minister on increasing the number of the Indian students getting admission in UK and getting Visa easier.

He also suggested that the English proficiency test of the Indian students normally valid for two year should be enhanced to five years or more.

The British side wanted that the Indian government should sort out the issue relating to one year master `s course granted by the UK Universities. Willetts said if this problem is sorted it will help the Indian students in perusing further courses in there own country.

The Indian delegation said the matter is being examine at the various fora. The visiting delegation also showed keen interest in teacher's training and school leadership sectors.

The leaders had deliberations for strengthening the present programmes of educational cooperation between the two countries and also discussed the new avenues for cooperation.

They also discussed ways to enhance mobility of students, researchers, faculty and educationists between the two countries. They also appreciated that institutional linkages and leadership development are two areas in which substantial progress has been achieved under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) since its inception in 2006 and the fact that more than 1025 partnerships had been supported in different areas including over 380 in the second phase of UKIERI from 2011.

The Ministers also recognized the need for capacity building of English language teachers in new methodologies. The two leaders affirmed their support for a strong partnership in delivering skills to their citizens.

They also welcomed the UK-India partnership to support secondary education through the Government of India's Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) to universalise access to secondary education with emphasis on quality and equity.

Prasada and Willetts expressed satisfaction on the ongoing collaborative programmes and assured of their strong support to various programmes being devised by the Government, institutions as well as the industry leaders from both the countries to bring in further momentum to the educational relations between India and UK. (ANI)