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Victoria to fund for vocational teacher training in India

Finances & Budgets, Vocational Training

Melbourne: Australia’s Victorian state government said on Thursday that it will provide USD 300,000 to Kangan Institute to establish a vocational teacher training programme in India.

According to an official statement, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said that the Victorian government will provide the funds to the institute to establish the training program in Maharashtra.

“Victoria is a leader in vocational education and the new vocational teacher training program will highlight the exceptional quality of Victorian education programs and help strengthen links with Indian institutions,” Asher said.

The minister said, “Kangan Institute is one of Victoria’s top quality technical training institutions and this partnership will support Maharashtra to build the skills of its workforce and improve business productivity.”

The statement said 300 vocational teachers across Maharashtra would learn new, practical methods of training and assessment.

“Victoria’s well-regarded practical vocational training model will be customised for Maharashtra, and teachers who complete the training will have follow-up mentoring and support as part of the programme,” the institute CEO Ray Giffiths said.

“The Victorian Government recognises the important role education plays in increasing business and cultural ties between India and Victoria,” Asher said.

“The new vocational teacher training program in India is the first of its kind for Victoria and is another important step in recognition of the strong relationship between Victoria and India.”

This is the second of two major announcements from the Coalition Government to strengthen the relationship between Victoria and India.

The Victoria-India Doctoral Scholarship program was launched last month, offering scholarships for Indian students seeking to conduct doctoral studies at Victoria’s leading universities.

The Indian Express, July 7, 2011

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