Consistent with the mutual collaboration agreed between CPSC and the Government of India, Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub, Director General, visited India to hold meeting with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and to give update on the progress with the implementation of the Skill Development for Poverty Alleviation (SDPA) Project for the period July to December 2011. He met with Mr. Pradip Kumar Suman, Director for Technical Cooperation, MEA where he submitted periodic report of the ongoing SDPA, which, to date, has trained champion leaders in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines and Myanmar, six of the 16 target beneficiary countries. Dr. Naim also explored the possibility of expanding the scope of the project fund to address other equally important issues in TVET like quality assurance through CPSC’s regional accreditation and certification framework which is likely to benefit institutions in the impoverished areas in the member countries. The proposal was met with positive note and is under review by the MEA.
CPSC and the MEA also discussed possible collaborative short-term training programs in the future that may be supported under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC). The collaboration that could be drawn from this discussion will put premium to the mutual commitment between CPSC and the Government of India to serve CPSC member countries and extend technical cooperation with the objective of pooling resources to benefit more stakeholders in these countries. CPSC has existing similar collaboration with the Government of Singapore and the Government of the Republic of Korea.