Ottawa, April 15, 2015 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), along with 10 of its members, signed memorandums of understandings (MOUs) today with India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed these partnerships during the first state visit to Canada from an Indian prime minster in over 40 years.
The signing took place during Prime minister Narendra Modi’s first State visit to Canada and both organizations were invited to present the MOU during bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Indian counterpart.
The MOU between CICan and the NSDC will facilitate multiple sector collaborations for capacity development and the establishment of National Occupation Standards (NOSs). As India embarks on an ambitious education reform, this new framework for collaboration will pave the way for initiatives in a variety of sectors such as curriculum development, teaching and learning resources development, occupational standards, testing and certification and labour market information system.
“We are honoured to be signing this new MOU with India’s NSDC”, said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Canadian colleges and institutes have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share and we look forward to strengthening ties with our Indian partners to support them in their education reform.”
Canada already has strong ties with the Indian post-secondary sector and over 8000 Indian students were enrolled last year in colleges and institutes across Canada.
“This partnership with Canada is important for us in multiple ways”, says NSDC managing director and CEO, Dilip Chenoy. “Canada has experience in many sectors that India is looking at, such as green skills, agriculture or water management that fit with specific needs of the Indian economy. This is also a great way to bring a new dimension to the Canada-India trade relation. As Canadian firms invest in India, what better to have people who are being trained and certified with Canadian standards.”
Under this new MOU, CICan will support workforce planning and development and will provide advisory services in developing a technical assistance program framework to address specific capacity gaps of India’s skills development system. The association will also facilitate partnerships between its members and Indian post-secondary institution.
Individual agreements with NSDC were also signed today by the following CICan members: Seneca, Canadore, Fleming, Algonquin, Bow Valley, Camosun, College of New Caledonia, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Durham and Fanshawe.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 12 offices around the world.
Take a look at CICan’s interview with Dilip Chenoy, MD and CEO of India’s National Skill Development Corporation.
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