India and Australia have agreed to strengthen the growing partnership in higher education

Australia on Tuesday said it was taking steps to ease the return of Indian students to the country.

The issue was discussed in a meeting between Union Minister for Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan and Australia's Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge on Tuesday.

After Pradhan raised the issue of return of Indian students studying in Australia, Tudge briefed him on the steps being taken by the Australian government, said an official press release.

"HE @AlanTudgeMP also elaborated on Australia’s preparation, including a students arrival pilot for the return of International and Indian students to Australia. Both India and Australia are committed to support Australia-bound Indian students at every stage," Pradhan said in a tweet after the meeting.

During the virtual meeting, India and Australia agreed to strengthen the growing partnership in higher education with an emphasis on two-way student mobility, teacher exchanges, applied research, and other areas of mutual priority.

Pradhan reaffirmed that the National Education Policy, 2020 will be instrumental in realizing the aspirations and future needs of the country's youth and in making India a global knowledge hub.

The education and skills spectrum has a significant potential for further co-operation between India and Australia, he further added.