India views Austria as serious, consequential partner’


Jaishankar thanked Schallenberg for inviting him to the New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic…reports Asian Lite News

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said that India considers Austria a “serious and consequential partner” in terms of bilateral cooperation and noted that the European country has capabilities that are relevant to India’s modernization and progress.

During the joint press briefing with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, Jaishankar said India is a strong votary of legal migration and mobility and wants a fair, legal and equal opportunity to demonstrate the contributions of Indian skills and talent. “We view Austria as a serious and consequential partner when it comes to bilateral cooperation. You have experiences and capabilities that are relevant to India’s modernization and progress. These are guided by government policies but ultimately implemented through business transactions,” Jaishankar said.

“Our commitment today is to take both aspects forward in tandem and I look forward to concrete initiatives in that regard,” he added.

Jaishankar thanked Schallenberg for inviting him to the New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic.

“We currently have a trade turnover of approx USD 2.5 billion, and more than 150 Austrian companies are present in India. We would like those numbers to grow substantially. Our understanding is that this endeavour will be pursued through government-encouraged business-led meetings in the course of this year.”

Highlighting India’s presence in Austria’s economy, EAM S Jaishankar said, “I’m glad to note that India’s presence in the Austrian economy has grown substantially this is particularly so with the digital and auto industries. There is again scope to grow more here, ” he said.

Jaishankar embarked on a two-nation visit to Cyprus and Austria on December 29. His visit to Austria will conclude on January 3. (ANI)

Indian student bags top award in Australia

An Indian student has been recognised as an Ambassador of Change by the University of Canberra in Australia for his outstanding work as a student mentor.

Vishal Mittal, who recently completed his final year of a Master of Data Science, received the award for his volunteer work with the university’s mentor programme through its student support initiative, UC Thrive.

“It was quite helpful for me to have a mentor — I learnt a few tips and tricks, and more about the course. So, after that, I knew that I too wanted to be a mentor,” Mittal was quoted as saying in a university statement.

He said that his time as a mentor helped him grow and develop his own skills.Before coming to Australia, Mittal did his Masters in computer programming from Gujarat Technological University and Bachelors from a university in Baroda.

“Before I started this, I was very much an introvert. I got to learn many things, how to interact with people, how to talk with others, and how to communicate. So it’s actually helped me a lot too,” he said.

Nine Ambassadors of Change were recognised by the university for their work.

The university’s student mentor programme provides individual support throughout a student’s first semester, answering their questions and helping them make connections.

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