The agreement calls for greater cooperation in the field of higher education
The Government of Delhi has entered into a pact with Thuringia, a province of Germany. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Georg Maier, State Secretary, Federal Free State of Thuringia signed the agreement at the Delhi secretariat of behalf of the two governments. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) calls for cooperation between the two states in the field of higher education and will include faculty exchange, collaborations in research.
“The MoU has been signed recognising the need for and benefits of increased co-operation and communication within the international community of universities, centres of higher education and research institutions and to establish mutually beneficial relationship which will encourage such co-operation and communication,” read an official statement.
Sisodia stated, “The co-operation will help in introduction of dual system of education in Delhi. We also plan to setup an institution on the lines of the University of Applied Sciences as in Finland and Germany.”
Earlier in 2016 the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had changed University Grants Commission’s (UGC) norms to encourage Indian educational institutions to partner with foreign institutions. The norms stipulated that Indian students be sent abroad for at least one semester for post-graduate students and two semesters for undergraduate students. This partnerships would however be subject to prior approval from UGC.