From climate to data science: 1.6 million pound funding for India-UK research partnerships
57 India-UK joint research projects ranging from social sciences, engineering and human health to climate research and data science have been announced under UKIERIeducation Updated: Apr 18, 2017 18:04 IST
Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, UK, has announced 57 new UK-India partnerships worth over £ 1.6 million. Ranging from social sciences, engineering and human health to climate research and data science, these partnerships have been announced under the UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI). Projects will be implemented jointly by institutions in the UK and India to strengthen educational links between the two countries.
Speaking at an event at New Delhi’s British Council on Tuesday, 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.