GIS – 21 November 2013: The Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, received in his office at the Treasury Building yesterday an Indian delegation led by the Minister of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India, Dr Mallipudi Mangapathi Pallam Raju.
The delegation was in Mauritius in the context of the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the setting up of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Research Academy in Mauritius. Other members of the delegation were the Chairman of the University Grants Commission of India, Prof Ved Prakash, the Director of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, Prof R. K. Shevgaonkar, the Joint Secretary at the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri Amit Khare, the Private Secretary to the Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Anil Kumar Singhal, and the Deputy Director of IIT Delhi, Prof S. K. Kaul.
Discussions centred on furthering education partnership between India and Mauritius that will benefit both countries. The Minister of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India, Dr Pallam Raju, recalled the Mauritian Prime Minister four-day State Visit to India in February 2012 where the focus was on pursuing collaborative endeavours in the field of education with the signature of Memoranda of Understanding in areas of science and technology, education and the setting up of a hybrid planetarium, among others.
According to Dr Pallam Raju, his meeting with the Prime Minister provided an excellent opportunity to give a further boost to cooperation between Mauritius and India. The Indian Minister said that India plans to be in Mauritius for a long time and will bring its best valuable institutions to Mauritius to contribute to achieve the vision of the Prime Minister of making Mauritius a higher education hub.
During the courtesy call, the Prime Minister and the Indian Human Resource Development Minister also talked of the long standing and deep friendship as well as the common heritage and shared values between Mauritius and India namely democracy and pluralism. They also exchanged views on international issues and on the contributions both nations can make to address global concerns.
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