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UK universities keen to deepen ties with Indian universities, companies

Universities in the UK are keen on forging deeper collaborations with Indian universities and companies, for which the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is pushing for easing of norms in Indi

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Jan 01, 2019, 08.42 AM IST
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The council is also preparing to launch an online platform in March to match skill needs of Indian companies with those that can be provided by UK universities.
New Delhi: Universities in the UK are keen on forging deeper collaborations with Indian universities and companies, for which the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) is pushing for easing of norms in India, said its chief operations officer, Kevin McCole.

The council is also preparing to launch an online platform in March to match skill needs of Indian companies with those that can be provided by UK universities, said McCole. He said that India allows only the top 200 globally ranked universities to collaborate with Indian universities.

However, the top 500 universities should be allowed, as some of the individual courses in the top 500 universities could be topranking, he said. “UK universities are keen to attract more Indians to come and study in the UK,” said McCole. “(They) also want to work with Indian education institutes, both private and public.”

A delegation of UK universities visited India in October and November and held discussions with academics and corporate bodies in this regard, he said. It visited the University of Mumbai and the Indian School of Design of Innovation in Mumbai to discuss collaborative research, he said. It also held round-table discussions with Indian companies from banking, oil and gas, manufacturing, engineering, and food and beverages sectors for collaborative research.

McCole said representatives of Indian companies had said that Indian graduates lacked the most in soft skills such as creativity. “This is an area where the UK is very strong,” he said. He said he had also met officials of Niti Aayog and the HRD ministry to discuss higher education policy.

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