Sibal meets NSW Premier; talks cooperation, safety of students
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Last Updated: Friday, April 09, 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 education.

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

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 09, 2010, 13:54

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