Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia emphasized on the need of working via international collaborations in order to help educational institutions across the national capital improve upon educational standards. Sisodia was addressing the ongoing New Zealand-India Academic Conclave, and said, “Of the 2.5 lakh students who pass out from Delhi's schools in grade XII, around 1.5 lakh students go for professional education, drop in between or opt for international education.” He further went on to throw light on the importance of getting guided by internal academia as well as from those understanding the dynamics pertaining to higher education.
“It is one thing to send our children across the globe for international education, but we also need to work collaboratively where we create an ambiance to learn from each other and grow with more and better universities and colleges,” he said. Adding to the cause was Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who addressed the gathering via a video message. He highlighted at the need to expand quality expansion, having a look-in at the increase in student mobility, courtesy the ‘Study in India’ programme. He also asked of the academia to provide the Indian educational policies with a clear and detailed future roadmap.
"The conclave is aimed at strengthening the educational foundations of the two countries. Around 14 visiting academicians from New Zealand's universities would be delivering 44 lectures across 21 universities in India to advance people-to-people relationships," said Joanna Kempkers, New Zealand High Commissioner to India, and added that there has been a 15% rise in the number of Indian students opting to study in New Zealand this year.
John Laxon, Education New Zealand regional director, South, South East Asia and Middle East remarked, "New Zealand has launched a 3-year open work visa for international students for degree level 7 (bachelor's degree) or above qualifications. The changes in New Zealand's immigration settings also involve the removal of employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels; and to provide one-year post study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications (implying certificate programmes and diplomas)."
Laxon said that the students who are studying Level 8 qualifications in an area demarcated on the country’s long-term shortage are allowed to bring in their respective partner and dependent children. While the partner will be eligible for an open work visa, the children will be entitled to obtain domestic schooling without fees.