India looks to partner G-20 countries on education and digitisation for strong economic recovery

New Delhi : India is looking forward to work with partner countries on shared priorities and collective efforts of the G-20 in building a resilient education system and leveraging digitisation for an inclusive economic recovery.

Taking part in a meeting hosted in blended mode by Italy in Trieste, Minister of State for Education  exchanged views on enhancing research collaborations and sharing digital space among G20 countries for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery.

Sarkar reiterated India’s commitment to promote research and to skill, reskill and upskill the youth and collaborating with other G-20 countries to achieve this objective.

“India attaches great importance to work with G20 partners and find evidence-based solutions to common problems,” an official statement quoted him as saying on Friday.

Also, at the G20 Digital Ministers’ Meeting at the same venue a day before, the G20 ministers agreed to work towards the enhanced cooperation on the pillars of Digital Economy and Digital Government.

Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw shared India’s success story of digitalization.

Vaishnaw highlighted the importance of digital inclusion during the pandemic for which India has been a strong proponent.

He said that technology is for Digital Inclusion and not for creating a digital divide and India has always been advocating that a digital economy is an important tool for social inclusion.

He committed India’s support towards closer partnerships at the G20 forum and invited countries for future cooperation towards digital inclusion and social empowerment.

Aware of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on research and higher education communities, ministers and delegates focused on how to address the changing nature of skills; how to harness the potential of digital technology; how to leverage common digital infrastructures to support research collaboration, open science, and higher education.

On new skills, the ministerial meeting emphasized the importance of “promoting human-centered technological development by increasing access to research and higher education for all”, addressing the “digital divide” and mitigating “security risks in digital environments in an inclusive and equitable manner.”