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Sibal meets NSW Premier; talks cooperation, safety of students

Last Updated: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:54

Melbourne: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, on a visit to Australia to strengthen educational ties, met New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally on Friday to discuss steps to develop potential areas of collaboration and also raised with her the issue of safety of Indian students.

Sibal flew to Sydney this morning after meeting various Victorian government officials, including Premier John Brumby here yesterday.

Sibal, who met Premier Keneally discuss with her ways and
potential areas of collaboration, sources said.

He also raised with her the issue of safety of Indian
students in Australia, in the wake of attacks on them.

According to sources, Sibal also met vice chancellor of
Australia`s Group of Eight universities to discuss ways to
enhance educational ties on the line of a proposal of
establishing exchange programme with IITs.

India and Australia inked a major education deal
yesterday to expand exchanges in the sector and pledged to
take their "relationship forward".

The bilateral ties were hurt last year by a series of
vicious attacks on Indian students, including one that turned
fatal for a 21-year-old youth. The incidents also hit the
number of Indian students seeking admissions in Australia.

The deal was signed as Sibal met Australian Deputy Prime
Minister Julia Gillard, their second meeting in six months.

Under the deal, the two sides agreed to set up a joint
education council and to extend exchanges in the field of

During his meeting with Brumby, Sibal raised the issue of
lack of credible data on incidents of attacks on Indian

He asked Brumby to share the data with the Indian
government which he argued will help establish the nature of
such attacks. He also asked the government to share the data
on prosecutions being made in such cases.


First Published: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 13:54

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