India, Belgium for further strengthening of academic engagement

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Brussels (Belgium), Mar. 30 (ANI): Affirming the importance of cooperation in the field of education, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel on Wednesday welcomed numerous projects in collaborative research, student mobility and exchange of faculty between higher educational institutions of Belgium and India.

They looked forward to further strengthening of the academic engagement between institutions on both sides.

Noting that 40,000 Belgian tourists visit India every year and Belgium receives about 60,000 Indian tourists every year, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the e-Tourist visa facility extended by India to Belgian nationals to promote tourism. They also welcomed the upcoming signature of the agreement between the Government of India and the Government of Flanders on cooperation in the field of tourism.

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Welcoming the envisaged adoption of the India-EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility and underscoring the importance of the growing people to people exchanges between India and Belgium, the Prime Ministers encouraged efforts to ensure easier mobility of people on both sides.

Prime Minister Modi is in the Belgian Capital in the first leg of his three-nation four-day tour, which will take him to the US and Saudi Arabia. (ANI)

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