India and China held their first Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on education in Beijing during which the two sides discussed various aspects of respective educational systems as well as explored areas of cooperation.
"Discussion was also held on exploring the possibility of signing an agreement on mutual recognition of qualifications as well as promoting greater student exchange," said a press release by the Indian Embassy.
The Indian side made a presentation on the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) and Study in India programme, it said.
The Indian delegation was led by Madan Mohan, Additional Director General (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development of India, and the Chinese side was headed by Fang Jun, Deputy Director-General, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education of China.
At present, over 23,000 Indian students are studying different courses in Chinese universities. Of them, over 21,000 have enrolled to study medicine. Considering the growing demand, China recently designated 45 medical colleges out of 200 to teach MBBS course in English. The other colleges conduct Chinese/English courses in medicine.
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