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India, Germany Sign Mobility Agreement To Make Travel Easier Between Countries

According to the agreement, India and Germany agreed to pursue further cooperation on education and qualifications, particularly the establishment of digital preparatory courses that Indian students can enrol in before beginning their university courses in Germany

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India and Germany are both planning to make it easier for their citizens to study and work in each other's countries.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock signed a mobility agreement on Monday, “making it easier for our people to study, conduct research and work in each other's country.”

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Berlin in May, the two countries agreed on a migration and mobility partnership, with the hope of enabling “mutual mobility” of students, professionals and researchers.

“We can benefit from the enormous potential of migration and skilled workers. This is the first agreement of its kind for our country,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated.

I am confident that India and Germany's Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement will facilitate movement between the two countries, PM Modi said, adding that recent free trade agreements with the UAE and Australia were signed in a very short time. 

According to the agreement, India and Germany agreed to pursue further cooperation on education and qualifications, particularly the establishment of digital preparatory courses that Indian students can enrol in before beginning their university courses in Germany.

Scholz said at a press conference in Berlin that the higher education and science sectors are a “good indicator of the countries' ever-closer interdependence.”

“More than 17,000 Indian students take advantage of university offers from Germany. You are very welcome in Germany, even after you have finished your studies,” he added.

Both governments also welcomed university-level efforts to investigate collaboration between universities in both countries, such as joint or dual degrees.

The agreement also stated that the Indian government will promote student exchange and allow German students to be admitted to Indian universities through programmes such as ‘Study in India.’

Baerbock is in the nation's capital for two days.

According to Baerbock, India will have a decisive influence in shaping the international order in the twenty-first century, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

She also called India's ability to lift more than 400 million people out of absolute poverty in the last 15 years “impressive,” adding, “It demonstrates that social plurality, freedom and democracy are a motor for economic development, peace and stability.”

“Working on this together with strengthening human rights is also our task,” Baerbock said during her visit to India in a statement.

She also said that we want to strengthen economic and security policy cooperation with India beyond the strategic partnership.


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