New Delhi , Sept 12 : Belarus Minister of Education Karpienka Ihar met Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday to deliberate on issues pertaining to collaboration between the two countries in the field of vocational education and skill development.
The Minister of Belarus highlighted the expertise of his country in the field of vocational training, with special reference to the manufacturing sector. He also highlighted the training institutes which have been developed to impart training for maintenance and repair of Electronic Vehicles (EVs).

Meanwhile, Pradhan highlighted the aspect of creating an eco-system of trainers for which 50 existing institutes in India are being upgraded. Assistance of Belarus will be invaluable in converting such institutions into centres for global excellence. The meeting ended with the both sides promising to continue the cooperative approach in the field of vocational and technical education and leverage their areas of strength.

Earlier in the day, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan at the start of his two-day state visit.

During the visit, the two sides are expected to discuss bilateral cooperation in defence and security, trade and investment, science and technology and people to people exchanges. They are also likely to exchange views and assessments on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

A business forum and parallel meetings organised for the members of the large delegation accompanying President Lukashenko would also explore business opportunities and cooperation avenues.

Lukashenko's visit is seen to be significant as it taking place in a year when Belarus and India are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

(Posted on 12 September 2017, 1679694980 18O206O92O240)