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ASEAN-India network of universities inaugurated in Indonesia

by | Aug 31, 2022 | India

ASEAN-India Network of Universities announced 1,000 PhD fellowships at IITs to ASEAN students and researchers.

The ASEAN-India Network of Universities or AINU was inaugurated in Jakarta, Indonesia by Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Education (MoS) and the Secretary General of ASEAN, Mr Lim Jock Hoi.

Initiated by Nalanda University from India and ASEAN University Network from ASEAN, AINU was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in 2018.

The AINU is foreseen as a consortium of premier institutes from India and ASEAN that will build a core network of knowledge capital through strategic partnerships among academic and research institutions in India and ASEAN member states.

While inviting the students of ASEAN countries for higher studies in India, the minister in his inaugural speech said, “This is also the underlying logic in offering scholarships to students from the ASEAN Member States in the premium institutes of India including the 1000 PhD Fellowship at IITs.”

India’s National Education Policy, launched in 2020 aims at welcoming foreign students by providing premium education at affordable costs. It provides greater avenues for international universities to explore partnerships with Indian universities to set up teaching, learning and research programmes through micro hubs at Indian university campuses.

Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh while inaugurating the partnership said, “Such Collective Knowledge Network with ASEAN becomes even more important as we prepare for a post-pandemic, 21st–century-ready economic and developmental pathway where knowledge and education are central.”

Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh further added that India’s engagement with the East is flourishing and added “our cooperation has grown beyond its initial economic dimension to cover multiple facets including connectivity in various forms, people-to-people ties, and more recently, strategic as well as defence & security aspects.”

In the early 1990s, India took a strategic course of enhancing its engagement towards the Look east and Act East policy building cooperation with the ASEAN and since then the partnership is strengthening. The trade with all ASEAN countries, for the last financial year, touched an all-time high of US $110 billion which is 10 % of India’s global trade.

Singh also held informal interactions with various ASEAN institutions including, ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) Secretariat, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), ASEAN Foundation and ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre).

Surinder Singh Oberoi
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