The UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has entered its second phase with 161 awards announced for institutes from the two countries this year.
Started in April 2006, the bilateral initiative for greater educational engagement between India and the United Kingdom has been extended till 2016. The awards are for joint projects, leadership development for the education sector, thematic partnerships for innovation, student mobility and skill development.
Among the nearly 400 institutions partnering in 2011-12 from the two sides are All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Imperial College, King’s College, University of Exeter, and the University of East London.
With about 30 million pounds from the UK, India and corporate houses such as the Tatas, about 800 grants are to be given during the second phase, said Malyaj Virmani, head - UKIERI, scholarships and skill development.
The UKIERI awards for this year were announced in the presence of David Willets, UK minister for universities and science, and Kapil Sibal, human resource development minister, at reception in New Delhi. The ministers also chaired the UK-India Education Forum.
At the event, Rob Lynes, director, British Council and Paul Boyle, director, Economic and Social Research Council (UK) signed a letter of intent for doctoral mobility programmes.