Daggubati Purandeswari, India's minister of state for human resource development, said "The relationship between the two countries has become strong over the past five years. We look forward to accelerating deliverables as part of the Canada-India Memorandum of Understanding in higher education cooperation." She said the Indian government has introduced various legislative measures, including the Right to Education, to take education to the masses.
Canadian foreign minister John Baird said the Education Summit is an important step in developing bilateral academic relations.The newly created Canada-India Centre for Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy will raise awareness about bilateral studies and public diplomacy, and develop initiatives to build a better understanding between both countries.
The major participants from India included 'Green Revolution' pioneer M.S. Swaminathan, UGC chairman Ved Prakash, IGNOU vice chancellor V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Delhi University vice chancellor Dinesh Singh, Calcutta University vice chancellor Suranjan Das, Panjab University vice chancellor R.C. Sobti and Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute president Sunaina Singh.