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Smiles all the way for Indians

My message to you is simple: smile, says the British High Commissioner to India.

education Updated: Aug 27, 2013 12:51 IST
HT Education correspondent

The British High Commissioner to India, Sir James David Bevan, recently visited the Centre of Information and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia. Addressing a large gathering of students, Bevan said that being alive in 2013 is better than at any time in the past. To support this, he ­mentioned a number of reasons citing better health conditions — lower infant and maternal mortality rates, growing life expectancy rates, growing GDP and greater freedom etc.



He also said that Indians have all the reasons to be ­optimistic. “India ­possesses advantages that many ­countries don’t — scale, demography, creative ­destruction and knowledge. A country with a rich civilisation like India can be confident of meeting any future challenge because it has successfully met all the ­challenges of the past.”

Despite the outrage over the UK visa bond scheme, Bevan shared reasons as to why one should be optimistic about the UK. “Britain is the place to be if you want to be a global ­player. We are today the ­seventh largest economy in the world with an annual GDP of over $2.4 trillion.”

He shared that more than 20,000 Indian students go to British universities in a year, the second largest group of ­foreign students in the UK after the Chinese. “Some 400,000 Indians visit Britain every year and many want to do business with Britain. Indians invest more in the UK than in the whole of the rest of the EU altogether. We must be doing something right.”