Deakin University, one of the top universities of the world, in association with TATA Consultancy Services (TCS), a global leader in IT services, digital and business consulting services, organised an International Conclave on ‘Digital Transformation and Internationalisation of Education’ on 27th September 2022 in New Delhi. The conclave discussed the digitization and internationalisation of education highlighting issues like education, skilling and research. These issues will pave the way for a successful bilateral relationship between India and Australia. The themes on which discussions were held are “Digital Transformation & Internationalisation of Education”, “International Collaboration in Research & Innovation” and “Skill Based Education To Enhance Global Employability”.

India’s Union Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Prof Ian Martin, VC, Deakin University, Subramaniam Ramadorai, Prof. C Rajkumar, Founding VC, OP Jindal University, Mathew Johnston and thought leaders from India and Australia.

Addressing the Conclave Pradhan said, “India and Australia share a long relationship based on shared values. Our partnership in the education and skill sectors is going from strength to strength. India aspires to lead the Industrial Revolution 4.0. India-Australia partnership can play a major role in this journey.”

Pradhan said that knowledge is a critical pillar of any civilization. Indian civilization has always been knowledge-based and knowledge-driven. Taking this forward, India is implementing NEP 2020. Challenge today is educating and skilling the vast population in the 15-25 age group.

He also said that there is a new “Digital Lifestyle” taking shape in India. From indigenous 5G by the end of 2023 to world leadership in digital payments, upcoming digital university and networking all villages with high-speed internet, India’s digitisation is creating new opportunities.

Pradhan also called for new knowledge networks with international institutions setting up campuses in India and Indian institutions too going global. Later, He added that India has always enriched society with wisdom. In the ever-evolving world, Indian knowledge networks will be for the benefit of humanity.