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Indian post-secondary relations with Alberta PSIs strengthened

Posted on: Jun 13, 2018

Concordia University of Edmonton was pleased to host a ministerial delegation from the State of Punjab, India, and Alberta post-secondary institutions at a roundtable discussion yesterday to further enhance ties between Punjab and Alberta.

The roundtable discussions explored potential collaboration opportunities and partnerships in relation to technical education, skill development and overseas employment.

Punjab has two State Technical Universities in the cities of Jalandhar and Bathinda, which further offer affiliation to nearly 300 plus colleges in the areas of engineering, management, pharmacy, hotel management and architecture. The Punjabi government is also establishing a university in Ropar with a focus on skills development, and partnerships and pathways for education and work opportunities were also discussed.

“This visit was is an important step towards strengthening the relations between Alberta and India, particularly the state of Punjab, in the areas of education and the fields mentioned,” said Dr. Manfred Zeuch, Vice President External Affairs and International Relations at Concordia University of Edmonton. “For most of our PSI in Alberta the contingent of Indian students on campus is already significant but these ties will focus and streamline our mutual efforts for the growth of both regions.”

Delegation members included:

  1. Charanjit Singh Channi, Minister of Technical Education & Industrial Training (front centre)
  2. Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, Vice Chancellor, MRSPTU
  3. Narinder Paul Singh, Dean, Planning & External Programs, IKGPTU
  4. Sandeep Singh Kaura, Advisor, Skills Dvelopment Mission, Govt of Punjab
  5. Gunraj Gill, Managing Partner, Aurora Advisory Group
  6. Bhupinder Singh, Minister’s Personal Assistant

Alberta attendees included Dino Roppo, Advanced Education, Government of Alberta, and representatives from Concordia University of Edmonton, Lethbridge College, MacEwan University, Medicine Hat College, NAIT, NorQuest College, SAIT, University of Alberta, and University of Calgary.

For further information, please contact Dr. Manfred Zeuch.