Karnataka govt, British Council partner to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education

Karnataka govt, British Council partner to strengthen bilateral cooperation in higher education



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Bengaluru, Dec 17 (PTI) The Karnataka government and the
British Council on Thursday signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen bilateral
cooperation in higher education.
It will facilitate collaborative and mutually beneficial
programmes in the state and contribute to increased research
and social linkages in the field of higher education between
the two entities, an official release from the CMO said.
The MoU between British Council and the Karnataka State
Council for Higher Education is aimed at deeper collaboration
between the state and the UK to achieve the outcomes
envisioned through the New Education Policy of the Centre.
The release further said student mobility and faculty
exchange across higher education institutions (HEIs) in
Karnataka and the UK is a key priority of the MoU to enhance
research and support internationalisation of HEIs.
The two entities will work closely to strengthen
Karnataka”s higher education academic landscape through
systemic initiatives such as leadership development for
faculty and, education and research partnerships between
institutions of the state and the UK, it added.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister B S
Yediyurappa, UK Secretary of State for foreign and development
affairs Dominic Raab, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath
Narayan among others.
The two governments are signing a first-of-its-kind
three years MoU involving collaboration on leadership
development in higher education institutions, Yediyurappa
Pointing out that Karnataka”s Global Innovation Alliance
(GIA) initiative for innovation partnerships with countries
across the globe has contributed to the state”s global image
as the leading tech hub, he said, UK has been a very important
GIA partner for Karnataka and 38 per cent of UK investment
into India in 2017-18 came into Karnataka.
The government”s Urban Development department has
collaborated with the UK through the Climate Resilient Cities
for Shared Prosperity Urban Development programme, he said.
This will deliver a transformational project on design
and delivery of Multimodal Transport Hubs in Bengaluru, an
Integrated Transport Authority and Transport Observatory in
partnership with UK Catapults.
Barbara Wickham OBE, Director India of the British
Council said the MoU was a further step in realising the
mutual vision of a deep, strong India-UK education
relationship while supporting the knowledge ambitions laid out
in India”s National Education Policy 2020.
“Through this MoU, we look forward to creating more
education and employment opportunities for aspiring students
of Karnataka as well as supporting the state”s vision for
stronger higher education systems,” she added.
The council”s South India Director Janaka Pushpanathan,
said employability and upskilling was a focus area for
governments across the world and “we are confident that the
co-developed programmes as part of the MoU will help drive the
desired results for both Karnataka and the UK in these areas.”
According to a news release issued by the British High
Commission, Dominic Raab on Thursday concluded his three-day
visit to India with a series of agreements signed in
Bengaluru, signalling the UKs strong partnership with India
on climate change.
Speaking at a ”sustainability showcase” held at the
Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru Raab said: The UK-
India partnership is helping to create a cleaner, greener
planet and our joint investment in the Neev fund will help
give entrepreneurs and their ideas the opportunity to grow.
The Neev Infrastructure Equity Fund was launched by the
UK and Indian Prime Ministers in 2015.
Backed by the State Bank of India, the Small Industries
Development Bank of India and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth &
Development Office, the Neev Fund has invested in a portfolio
of ten pioneering infrastructure service companies in the
north of India, it was noted.
The Foreign Secretary also met research staff at the
Indian Institute of Science working on a 13m research project
which will deliver two demonstration buildings in India
capable of meeting their own energy needs at the same time as
supplying energy to the local grid.
Meanwhile, the release said UKs CDC Group, Indias
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and the
Green Growth Equity Fund announce 290m ($386m) investment to
boost green energy transition. PTI KSU RS

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