South Asia Resources

The Department endeavours to provide the latest policy advice and country specific information to inform education and research engagement with priority partners overseas. This information is used to inform cooperation with partner ministries and departments of education, training and research, and with respective institutions in these sectors in India.

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Australia and India have a long-standing and positive relationship in education, skills and research. Cooperation in in these fields is a priority for the bilateral relationship, including under the Australia India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Many Indian students have studied with Australia since the launch of the Colombo Plan scholarships in 1951, with India being the second largest source of our international education student community.

Qualifications recognition taskforce

The Prime Ministers of Australia and India met on 21 March 2022 to strengthen cooperation between our two countries. Their joint statement commits to the establishment of a taskforce to develop qualifications recognition arrangements for Australia and India to enhance two-way mobility.

The taskforce will explore key issues relating to the recognition of degrees across higher education and vocational education and training, focusing on qualifications delivered via online learning, through pathway programs, and by offshore campuses.

The taskforce will build on commitments made under the Australia India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and the India Economic Strategy Update 2022. It will also support the implementation of the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030.

Future TNE arrangements between Australia and India

On 2 May 2022, the Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) gazetted regulations that will allow Indian and foreign universities, including Australian universities, to offer twinning, joint and dual degrees. These regulations will implement the Indian Government’s commitment under the National Education Policy 2020 and apply to Australian universities in the top 1000 of Times Higher Education or QS World University rankings. They allow Indian and foreign universities to offer twinning, joint and dual degrees in the same disciplines or subject areas at the same qualification level.

Further information on the Future TNE arrangements between Australia and India is available. The department’s staff at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi has developed a Note on the UGC regulations, outlining the important details of these new arrangements.

Australia India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and the India Economic Strategy (IES) Update 2022

Australia’s education engagement with India is guided by the Australian Government’s response to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and An India Economic Strategy (IES) to 2035: Navigating the Potential to Delivery. This report was updated on 22 March 2022 to highlight a five-year action plan that recognises and responds to the impact of the global pandemic.

The Department works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Austrade to deliver on education priorities outlined in the CSP and the IES update. When aligning future education efforts to post pandemic priorities, the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 remains a key strategic consideration for the department, and shifts the focus from traditional forms of learning to diverse modes of delivery, such as online education offerings and blended forms of learning. 

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) reflects the growing significance of the Australia-India bilateral relationship, a shared commitment to a stable Indo-Pacific region and the intention to collaborate in key areas of mutual interest.

Australia India Education Council

Australia and India's education ministers undertake a biennial forum to discuss mutual priorities in education under the Australia India Education Council (AIEC). The next AIEC will be hosted by Australia and is due to occur in 2022.

Projects

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment works closely with the Australia India Institute to progress a range of education related projects. A key achievement has been the creation of the Australian Researcher Cooperation Hub – India (ARCH-India), which supports increased research and collaboration between Australia and India.

The Institute released three reports commissioned by the Australian Government in 2021. These reports can be found on the Australia India Institute website.

  • Strengthening Australia-India research collaboration and engagement: Case studies and good practices. This report focuses on deepening research collaboration and highlighted raising awareness of India, including through language and cultural studies, among Australian students and researchers as a key method of building long-term relationships.
  • Exploring the ramifications of India’s National Education Policy 2020 for engagement. This report on the NEP recommends the Australian education sector take advantage of India’s ambitious reform agenda through measures such as establishing joint PhD programs and increased collaboration by teachers in both countries.
  • Indian student mobility to Australia: developing the knowledge base for more effective engagement. This report on Indian student mobility to Australia recommended the Australian education sector draw on the large Indian diaspora, which includes thousands of alumni from Australian institutions, and its networks to better connect with Indians considering study in Australia.