Australian PM Albanese Onboard Vikrant; Gives strong message to China

Australian PM Anthony Albanese's 4-day India Visit: Focus on Trade, Investment, and Cricket

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on his three days visit to India. PM Albanese landed in Ahmedabad where he was welcomed with spectacular and eye-catching performances. He watched the test match between India and Australia being played in the Border Gavaskar trophy, he then proceeded over to INS Vikrant which is an indigenously made aircraft carrier and one of the flagship products of the Indian Navy.

The impact of Albanese’s visit on India Australia relationship

The trip marks the strengthening and deepening of ties between India and Australia, It should also be noted that India and Australia are part of the QUAD which consists of the United States of America and Japan. Australia can be a very crucial partner of India when it comes to the larger picture of “Indo-Pacific” which is the erstwhile Asia-Pacific. The two countries are of major importance in the region and play a crucial role in geopolitics.

PM Albanese with PM  Modi
PM Albanese and PM Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad during his visit. (Via Twitter @naredramodi)

Key announcement for the education sector

Albanese also announced that Australia-India Education Qualification Recognition Mechanism has also been finalised, and the governments are working on it very rapidly. This move helps the students of both countries to move in and out freely, as the educational degrees will be recognised in both countries increasing the chances of opportunities available to the students. Indian students are also very fond of enrolling in the universities there.

According to a report by The Hindu approximately 96,000 Indian students are currently studying there and the number is expected to grow rapidly as The Number of Chinese students is dropping and Indian students are set to receive a plethora of benefits in order to incentivise and attract the students. He said, “There is a significant development in our bilateral education relations. I am pleased to tell you that we have finalised Australia-India Education Qualification Recognition Mechanism,”.

While highlighting the importance of the new cooperation the visiting Prime Minister Albanese said

“This new mechanism means that if you are an Indian student who is studying or have studied in Australia, your hard-earned degree will be recognised when you return home. Or if you are a member of Australia’s very large Indian diaspora—5,00,000 and growing—you will feel more confident that your Indian qualification will be recognised in Australia,”.

“Of late Chinese students have not been leaving home [to study abroad], so the number of Indians is going up. This is also supported by rising aspirations as well as paying capacity of Indian students. At Deakin University our focus has always been on India followed by China and then the rest of the world. While most other universities in Australia have so far focused on Chinese students, that will now change,” says  Ravneet Pawha, Vice-President (Global Alliances) & CEO (South Asia), Deakin University, National Vice-Chair, Australia India Business Council.

Albanese on INS Vikrant

According to the Navy, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese boarded India’s indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, on Thursday. Admiral R. Hari Kumar, the Chief of Naval Staff, welcomed Albanese with a Guard of Honor on board the Vikrant.

He added that Australia, India, Japan, and the US will participate in the Malabar Naval Exercise in August of this year. While on board the INS Vikrant in Mumbai today I met with incredible service personnel from the Indian Navy who have undertaken exercises with Australia,” the Australian PM said in a tweet.

Albanese on Vikrant
PM Albanese on INS Vikrant Picture Credits: Times of India

Australia and India are close strategic allies. Australia will participate in the Malabar Naval Exercise alongside the US, Japan, and India in August of this year. India will take part in Australia’s Talisman Sabre exercise for the first time.

At the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart spent 30 minutes watching the fourth Test match between India and Australia.

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