Speaking at an event at New Delhi’s British Council, Clark said over the last 10 years, new joint UK-India research and academic exchanges had resulted in joint investments worth over £200 million and UKIERI had been an important part of that success. “Over 1,000 UK-India partnerships have been created, leading to 25,000 exchanges of academics and researchers. We are now in the third phase of UKIERI, which is open up to 2021,” he added.
These partnerships have been co-funded by the UK and India’s HRD?ministry through University Grants Commission and Department of Science and Technology. The event was also attended by Dominic Asquith, British high commissioner, and Usha Kumari Parashar, deputy chair of the British Council.
UKIERI is a bilateral education and research programme funded by the UK and Indian government.
The programme enabled both India and the UK to “bring together the best practices from both nations and help strengthen ties between India and UK,” Alan Gemmell, director, British Council India said.