Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Department of Education and Training-New Delhi Post

New Delhi Post

The Department of Education and Training office at the Australian High Commission leads strategic policy, regulation and government to government engagement in international education and research across India and the region (Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives).

The office works in partnership with Austrade, which is responsible for the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training.

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Australia-India Strategic Knowledge Partnership

Australia and India have instituted a program of close cooperation on education, training and research. Most recently, Australia’s former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, visited India from 22 to 25 August 2015.

During this visit, Minister Pyne signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Australia with the Hon Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The MoU and the Joint Ministerial Communique’ can be found here.

Minister Pyne was accompanied by a delegation of over 40 senior education leaders from Australian schools, vocational and higher education sectors including vice- chancellors. For more information, visit: 

Australia India Education Council (AIEC)

The Australia India Education Council (AIEC) is a bi-national body chaired by the Education Ministers of India and Australia to expand collaboration in education, training and research.

The AIEC is a ‘working council’ of representatives from government, academia and industry. The AIEC provides a forum for members to collaborate with Ministers in deciding major bilateral education priorities for the coming year.

Since its inception in 2011, the AIEC has facilitated the development of knowledge partnerships and exchange between Australian and Indian governments, institutions and peak industry bodies. It has also strengthened the education policy dialogue between India and Australia.

With a distinctive structure comprising membership from academia, industry and government, the AIEC has provided the strategic direction and impetus to build collaboration on education related issues between both countries. Significant outcomes have been achieved since the second AIEC meeting in July 2013.

In 2014 the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers made reciprocal visits in one year, emphasising the growing Australia-India strategic partnership and recognising a range of priority areas to strengthen collaborative efforts, including education. The visits provided new momentum to the Australia-India education relationship.

In August 2015, the third AIEC meeting was held between then Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the Hon Ms Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India and they reaffirmed their commitment to the AIEC as the principal body for guiding the strategic direction of the knowledge partnership between both countries.

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