Chandigarh, Aug 19 (UNI) British Columbian parliamentarian Ed Fast today said that his province was keen to cooperate with Universities in Punjab to upgrade education standards and improve chances of students for gaining employment in Canada.
During a meeting with the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Mr Fast extended the offer to upgrade technical skills and knowledge through exchange programmes of experts and teachers in the sphere of primary and secondary education, technical education, skill development, tele-medicine, bio-technology, nano-technology and information technology.
The Chief Minister sought Mr Fast's cooperation for the skill development programme besides the absorption of quality manpower from the state in the industry of British Columbia, one of the most prosperous and advanced provinces in Canada, where Punjabis had a strong presence.
He also requested Mr Fast to consider Punjab as their number one choice for importing manpower and also ease out the procedure for migration of skilled youth from Punjab to province of British Columbia.
Mr Badal informed the visiting MP that Punjab government had already inked an MoU with British Columbia for bilateral cooperation in the field of employment-related education.
Mr Fast assured the Chief Minister that British Columbia was looking forward for collaboration with the Punjabi University Patiala, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Technical University Jalandhar, Panjab University Chandigarh and Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana to upgrade the standard of education and improve the chances of employability of students from Punjab to Canada.
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