New India – UK education initiative

New India – UK education initiative

AN initiative to help the bilateral co-operation in the education sector between India and the United Kingdom called the “100-foot Journey Club” has been launched.

India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Navtej Sarna, pictured, spoke to more than 75 Indian academics and students at India House, in London, and discussed India-UK cooperation in the education sector.

The Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan also delivered a talk under the initiative that is a joint collaboration between the High Commission for India in the UK and the South Asia Centre of the London School of Economics (LSE).

Dame Asha Khemka, OBE, DBE, Principal and Chief Executive, West Nottinghamshire College Group also addressed the gathering.

The event included academics of Indian origin who have visited India under the Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) programme.

High Commissioner Sarna briefed the audience on the UK-India relationship in education, research and innovation, and highlighted the development of UK-India relationship in education over the last few years.

This involved the introduction of bilateral programmes such as India-UK Education Forum, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Newton-Bhabha Fund, Generation UK-India programme and so on.

High Commissioner Sarna also spoke about the Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. An announcement was made during the visit of UK Prime Minister David Cameron about the UK’s plans to send 100 academics to India over the next two academic years as part of the GIAN.

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