British deputy high commissioner David Lelliott on Wednesday called on Punjab NRI affairs minister Bikram Singh Majithia to discuss issues regarding mutual cooperation in the fields of education, health, skill development, ecology and renewable energy.
During the meeting the British diplomat underlined the need to initiate special skill development programs for generating skilled work force for various emerging trades, an official statement said.
Noting that the British Council would soon initiate a joint venture with two Community Colleges of Punjab at Jalandhar and Bathinda, Lelliott also discussed with Majithia the various MoUs signed between United Kingdom Universities and IIT Ropar.
Majithia also sought cooperation in improving the standard of higher education besides technological guidance in health sectors.
The British diplomat further informed that minister for department of energy and climate change (DECC) in UK would visit Punjab on September two to explore the possibilities for protecting the ecology.
Lauding the UK government's initiatives to mitigate climate change, Majithia also outlined state government's concerted efforts for the promotion of clean and green energy in the form of harnessing solar and biomass potential and a very liberal and investor friendly policy taken up last year.
Majithia also said after allotting Solar Power Plants of joint capacity of 250MW, the state was all set to allot 300MW Biomass Power Plants very soon.
Assuring full cooperation from the state, he also impressed upon Lelliott to urge UK companies to invest in solar as well as biomass and solar rooftop sectors in Punjab.