India, Germany to sign education, research accords

Berlin, April 10 (IANS) India and Germany would sign two agreements Thursday to strengthen cooperation in education and research, Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said here Wednesday.

Raju said under one agreement, the two countries would commit 3.5 million euro ($4.48 million) each to promote research in education.

“The research can be either in India or Germany,” he said.

The second agreement will be aimed at promoting German language in India.

Germany will provide technical and financial support for promoting its language through schools and higher educational institutions.

Currently, around 30,000 students are learning German language in India. The deal is expected to help increase this number sharply.

The agreements will be signed here after the second round of inter-governmental consultations between the two countries.

Raju, who is member of the delegation led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said Germany will also provide support for strengthening higher and technical education system in India, especially related to engineering.

The two governments would also take steps to strengthen people-to-people contacts, he added.

(Gyanendra Kumar Keshri can be contacted at [email protected])

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