India, France ink agreement for mutual recognition of academic qualifications

India and France on Saturday inked an agreement to recognize each other’s academic qualifications paving way for a stronger education exchange and labour mobility in future.

Underlining the “long-standing relationship" between France and India, human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar termed the “mutual recognition of educational qualifications" between France and India as historic.

“It is historic…for the first time, a government to government MoU (memorandum of understanding) has been signed to mutually recognize academic qualifications. It will help the student community. There used to be only bilateral arrangements between institutions to institutions," he said in New Delhi. “I hope more and more countries, like France, will come forward for mutual recognition of academic qualifications so that the mobility of students and professionals improves," Javadekar added.

Frederique Vidal, French minister of higher education, research and innovation, said France is eager to attract more Indian students to study there. In 2017, 5,000 Indian students went to France to pursue higher education, a 60% jump over the previous year. France wishes to take this number to 10,000 by 2020......Read more


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