Report says TAFE should deliver service in India

THE TAFE sector in Australia could miss out on a $50 billion boom in skills training in India, but delivering domestic services on the sub-continent could prove the solution.

A new report from the Australia-India Institute, by emerging leader fellow Prasenjit Kundu, has proposed a way to capitalise on the voracious Indian appetite for education.

Mr Kundu proposes a Centre of Excellence be established in India, with Australian TAFE educators and trainers heading over to help train new Registered Training Organisations to teach Indians.

The paper found Australia was already lagging behind European and North American competitors in India, a country projected to have 25% of the global workforce by 2020.

Setting up a VET Centre of Excellence could lower entry costs to the Indian market for Australian providers, as well as allow Indians to access the same quality of education available here.

Mr Kundu's report said the average Indian middle class family already spent nearly as much on education expenses as it did on food.

"Australia, with its robust, best-in-class VET providers, and institutional framework and quality assurance systems, is well placed to garner a large share of this rapidly growing market among consumers who cannot afford to be trained overseas," he writes.

The report also acts on a recommendation of the 2009-10 Knight Review into overseas student programs, which found a suitable, cheaper alternative to bringing Indian students to Australia study was essentially to take the courses to India.

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