An Agreement to facilitate Mutual Recognition of
Academic Qualifications between the Government of the Republic of India and the
Government of the French Republic has been signed during the recent visit of
French dignitaries to India, according to an official release.
Signing of MoU with a foreign country is
not a unilateral course of action and verily depends on various factors
viz. education system prevailing in that country, response of the foreign
country, bilateral relations, mutual benefit to be accrued by signing such kind
of MOUs, etc. In some cases it can materialize soon whereas in other cases it
may not materialize or take time. In other words, agreement with a country
evolves during the course of negotiations and as such it cannot be
predicted/planned in advance.
This information was given by the Minister of State
(HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.
When the MoU was signed, the Union Minister of Human
Resource Development Prakash Javadekar described it as ‘historic ‘for the first
time adding, “a
government to government MoU (memorandum of understanding) has been signed to
mutually recognize academic qualifications. It will help the student
community.” He went on to express a wish that more and more countries should come
forward “for mutual recognition of academic qualifications so that the mobility
of students and professionals improves.”