Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kapil Sibal and Mr. David Willetts co-chair India-UK education forum

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Kapil Sibal and UK Minister for Universities and Science, Mr. David Willetts co-chaired the fourth UK-India Education Forum here today. They reviewed Indo-UK educational relations; welcomed the progress made since the last Forum and endorsed stronger and deeper collaboration among academia, the private sector, and government on both sides. The Forum deliberated actively on the proposed Innovation Universities in the country.

The Ministers also noted the success of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and reiterated their support to the programme. Both Ministers announced the successful awards under UKIERI which have been funded in Year 1 of the programme; congratulating the awarded institutions and encouraged academic community to further engage and disseminate their learning to schools, universities, other fellow students and friends in the UK and India.

Both sides reiterated that the key strands for UKIERI are to be jointly funded and these include Leadership Development, Innovation Partnerships, Skills Development and Enhancing Mobility. UKIERI today also announced a total of 161 awards for 2011-12. Out of these, 67 are Higher Education Partnerships involving over 135 institutions across the UK and India; 7 Skills Partnerships involving over 14 institutions and 87 Facilitation grants to travel between UK and India for developing new partnerships.

Both Ministers acknowledged the work done by the UK Qualification recognition task force under strand 4 of UKIERI (Enhancing Mobility) and noted that credit transfers and mutual recognition is a key area of work and recommendations made by the taskforce will be supported on either side.

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