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Indian campuses to see more UK students

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In a unique development aimed at encouraging bilateral Indo-UK ties in education, UK Minister of State, Lifelong Learning (Further & Higher Education) Bill Rammell announced various measures by the UK government to encourage more students from the country gain education in India.

The UK minister announced this on the eve of a recently concluded skill seminar in the capital. The seminar was organized by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The minister also announced many other initiatives by the British government to strengthen education ties with India.

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'We have a similar model in China, which is very popular. In fact, it is over-subscribed and we are confident that with India's rising economic importance, many British students would be keen to visit India to get a first-hand experience of the country's politics, education and culture,' said Rammell.

The UK minister, after a meeting with the Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) D Purandeswari, said that the two sides have agreed to form a working group to streamline the regulatory framework in this regard.

Rammell further said that the UK is all set to invest more funding for UKIERI, to boost research collaboration with India.

'Research is a strong feature in our renewed educational ties with India. We also plan to open a Research Council office in Delhi by September, to identify areas for further research collaboration. We would like UK to be India's first choice for education partnerships,' Rammell pointed out.

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