BRICS nations pledge to step up cooperation in education sector

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New Delhi | Published: September 30, 2016 6:31:21 PM

After a meeting of education ministers of the five countries, a 'New Delhi Declaration of Education' was issued today in which the nations decided to organise ana annual conference of the BRICS Network University.

After a meeting of education ministers of the five countries, a 'New Delhi Declaration of Education' was issued today in which the nations decided to organise ana annual conference of the BRICS Network University. (Reuters)After a meeting of education ministers of the five countries, a ‘New Delhi Declaration of Education’ was issued today in which the nations decided to organise ana annual conference of the BRICS Network University. (Reuters)

The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa – today resolved to facilitate movement and exchange of students and faculty in each other’s institutions especially in areas like energy, climate change, water resources and economy. After a meeting of education ministers of the five countries, a ‘New Delhi Declaration of Education’ was issued today in which the nations decided to organise ana annual conference of the BRICS Network University.

The conference would be held in the country of the current BRICS chair, the declaration says. BRICS countries account for over half of the world population. Another key decision made today was to identify a nodal institution within each country and create an institutional network to share ICT policies, Open Educational Resources and other e-resources including e-libraries.

At the conclusion of the BRICS conference, Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey thanked the visiting ministers for their support.

In the declaration, the five countries also decided to strengthen the BRICS – TVET (Technical and vocational education and training) working group to develop national reports and undertake various studies.

The BRICS countries also expressed commitment to work towards ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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