India-M’sia education joint task force to meet soon

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KUALA LUMPUR: The joint task force set up between India and Malaysia to address issues pertaining to their higher education will meet next month.

Among issues to be discussed are the recognition of an equalism of degrees between the two countries, said India’s Acting High Commissioner to Malaysia B N Reddy.

“What is recognition and what is equal in both systems, these two areas will be looked into by the task force,” he told reporters after opening The Great Indian Education Fair at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre here.

The joint task force was set up last year at the senior officials level. India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, during his visit to Malaysia last June, said the task force, among others, was to ensure a free flow of students between the two countries.

Reddy said, educational ties and collaboration between the two countries were poised for growth, more so with the just-concluded successful visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to India.

“There are a number of proposals under consideration between institutions in India and Malaysia to set up campus in Malaysia,” said Reddy, adding that currently, there were about 3,000 Malaysian students in India and about 2,000 Indian students in Malaysia.

Some 40 leading institutions across India are participating in the two-day entrance-free exhibition, showcasing higher education and residential schools. — Bernama