India-Australia ties have grown rapidly since the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement (Trade Officer)

Relations between India and Australia are at an all-time high and the scale of cooperation between the two countries has grown rapidly since the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2020, the Australian Trade Commission said on Friday. and investment.

The summit held in March this year between Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Narendra Modi called for a new level of ambition to advance cooperation, according to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Chief Commissioner for trade and investment, Monica Kennedy.

At the summit, the First Ministers announced the creation of a Task Force on the Recognition of Educational Qualifications, which would address the recognition of different modes of delivery, including e-learning, joint degrees and teaching on offshore campuses, according to a press release here.

The task force will provide a mechanism to expand education qualification between Australia and India by the end of the year, with implementation taking place in 2023, the statement said.

In the education sector, Kennedy said his government is offering a range of visa support initiatives for international students, including extra time for English tests, temporary graduate visas, among others.

The government was also refunding visa applications to fully vaccinated international student visa holders, who were studying in Australia between January 19 and March 19, 2022, she said.

“From November 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022, 28,785 student visas were lodged by Indian nationals. The Australian government has been working hard to process student visas to ensure Indian students can return to Australia to begin their studies for the first semester in 2022,” she said.

“A wave of applications has been successfully processed with 15,310 visas granted from November 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022 and over 25,000 students arriving on our shores to begin or resume studies at Australian educational institutions,” a- she declared.

Noting that the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the lives of millions of students, she said Austrade had launched the “Study Australia Industry Immersion Programme” (SAIEP) for Indian students at Australian universities to improve their employability skills.

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