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Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao with the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott at a meeting in Mumbai. PTI Photo

Mumbai : Maharashtra Governor C Vidhyasagar Rao with the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott at a meeting in Mumbai. PTI Photo

Abbott launches 'New Colombo Plan' for Australian students to study in
Mumbai, Sep 4 (PTI) Pushing for his government's
initiative to create greater awareness among students of
Australia about the Indo-Pacific region, Australian Prime
Minister Tony Abbott today said he will ensure "hundreds and
thousands" of students from his country study in Indian
universities from next year.
"Presently there are thousands of Indian students
studying in Australian universities, but there are very few
Australian students here. This will change now. Australian
students will now come here to study. From next year onwards,
there will be hundreds and thousands of Australian students
studying in India," Abbott said.
Abbott, in Mumbai on the first leg of his two-day India
visit, was addressing a gathering of Chancellors of various
Australian universities and Vice Chancellors of some of the
top Indian universities at the launch of his government's
'New Colombo Plan' in India.
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the
Australian government which aims at enhancing the knowledge of
the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting undergraduates
from that country to study and undertake internships in the
He said the Australian government, by starting the New
Colombo Plan now wants to "return the compliment" to India for
sending thousands of students to study in Australian
universities under the Colombo plan launched in 1950.
Colombo plan is a collective inter-governmental effort to
strengthen economic and social development of member countries
in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary focus of all Colombo
Plan activities is on human resource development.
Though formally the organization was born out of a
Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers held in Sri
Lankan capital Colombo in January 1950 with only seven
countries, including India and Australia, it has now
transformed into a truly international initiative with 27
member nations with inclusion of non-Commonwealth countries.
"In 1950, when the Colombo plan was launched, about
14,000 Indian students came to Australia for studies. We now
want to return the favour to India and send some of our best
students to study here," Abbott said.
"We have much to offer to India and India has much to
offer to Australia, so much we can learn from each other," he
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was exchanged by
the heads of various Australian and Indian universities to
felicitate the entry of Australian undergraduates into Indian
universities under the New Colombo plan.
The Chancellors of several Australian universities,
including those at Sydney, Queensland, Melbourne and Western
Sydney, attended the event at the Mumbai University along with
their counterparts from Delhi University, University of
Calcutta and University of Mysore. PTI