Indian Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is on a three-day visit to Singapore from May 28-30 to strengthen existing ties and explore the possibility of widening the scope of bilateral engagement in education and skill development, officials said.
Pradhan is scheduled to meet various key Ministers of the Singaporean government, visit various educational institutions and interact with members of the Indian Diaspora, Odia Association and IIT and IIM alumni, an official statement read.
He met Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong today.
“The emerging future is a world of unlimited opportunities. Both DPM Lawrence Wong and I agreed to work together for mutual benefit, create opportunities for lifelong learning, build a future-ready workforce and also to make knowledge and skill development a key pillar of our strategic partnership,” Pradhan said after the meet.
He will also meet Indian-origin Law Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Singaporean-Indian Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing and has met Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong, a senior education ministry official said.
“Pleased to meet Minister Gan Kim Yong. We had fruitful conversations on strengthening our skill development and vocational training linkages through all mechanisms for creating a seamless architecture for skilling and lifelong learning. Building on the outcomes of the ‘G20 Future Of Work’ workshop in Bhubaneswar, we also discussed ways in which India can leverage the expertise and knowledge of Singapore for addressing common challenges and transforming the Indian skills ecosystem,” Pradhan tweeted.
Pradhan also has interactions scheduled with various educational institutions in Singapore, and was at the Singapore Spectra Secondary School today. Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Institute of Technical Education and Educational Services (ITEES), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are some of the other institutes on the list.
“Happy to know that the school prioritises skills-based education and also focuses on encouraging learning at the pace suitable for every learner to prepare them for future workplaces,” he said during his visit to the Spectra School.