The SAARC Education Minister’s meeting for their second chapter in Delhi was held on 30 October. It involved talking about the progress made by member countries on the regional groupings development goals on education and various discussions about the strategy that each country is taking up in the field of education beyond 2015.
The meeting included discussions to improve the overall education quality in the participating countries and leverage the potential in research and mutual recognition of qualifications. The meeting initiated talks regarding the effective use of Information and Communication Technology among the nations for better education prevalence among its students. This would also conduct discussions regarding sharing of e-resources and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) among the SAARC nations.
This year the meeting was co-hosted by the Human Resource Development Ministry and the Kathmandu-based Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The South Asian University in New Delhi is one of the valuable outcomes that have come up during these SAARC meetings and a proper presentation on the development of the University would be presented focusing on its different programmes and future strategies.
The meeting was addressed by our HRD Minister Smriti Irani and was attended by education ministers and senior educational officers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.