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April 17, 2012

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute inks agreement with Government of Saskatchewan

Moving forward with the vision of our leaders, Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh enshrined in the Canada-India education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the two governments, a comprehensive MOU on academic relationship between Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Government of Saskatchewan was signed on April 13, 2012. The MOU outlines the broader parameters of co-operation and collaboration between the province of Saskatchewan and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in the field of education, innovation and research. Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris signed the MOU with Dr. Braj Sinha, President of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

“India has become an increasingly important partner for Saskatchewan,” Norris said. “Saskatchewan is India’s largest trading partner in Canada, but this MOU will broaden the scope of our relationship to include education and innovation. This MOU will facilitate and foster even closer ties between our two jurisdictions and continue to support the growth of our knowledge economy.”

“The Saskatchewan-Shastri MOU heralds a new era of Saskatchewan and India education collaboration,” Dr. Sinha said. “This is the first provincial MOU to go forward in a tangible way and supports the agenda of the Canada-India Education Co-operation MOU announced by Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Manmohan Singh recently.”

Objectives of the MOU include:

  • Promoting Saskatchewan-India education co-operation and collaboration;
  • Raising Saskatchewan’s education profile in India;
  • Developing provincial international education strategies and plans for India;
  • Working with the Saskatchewan International Education Council on meeting the province’s educational and institutional goals in India;
  • Working closely with Saskatchewan universities and other stakeholders promoting Saskatchewan-India education cooperation and collaboration;
  • Support potential Saskatchewan education missions to India;
  • Engage private businesses to meet the province’s international education goals in India.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization dedicated to building and strengthening intellectual and cultural linkages through research, dialogue and exchange. The organization promotes understanding between the two countries through academic exchange.

Link to Saskatchewan Government news release:
http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=d816b1d7-aed1-41e4-b2b3-83cc13f47661

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