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25,000 UK students to visit India

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 14, 2014

The United Kingdom has launched a country-wide campaign to support 25,000 UK-based students to visit India over the next five years.

The campaign, ‘Generation UK-India’ aims to create a new generation of more globally, culturally and business aware young people, and will be managed by the British Council.

Underlining the UK Government and universities’ ongoing commitment to promoting international opportunities to students across the UK, the campaign will provide opportunities for UK students to either work as teaching assistants in Indian schools, gain work experience at top Indian companies, or go on specially organised cultural immersion courses.

Generation UK-India placements

The first Generation UK-India placements will begin in summer 2015.

“The programme will help create a more globally competitive UK workforce and will help future proof the UK-India relationship,” said Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, and Science and Cities, while speaking at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry HE Summit, in Delhi.

The British Council is in discussions with businesses such as KPMG and BP which have expressed interest in supporting the scheme.

Currently, the UK hosts around 300 Indian students for every British student coming to India. The programme will act as a balancing act too.

Cultural immersion

In August 2014, 200 UK students took part in a two-week cultural immersion course in India, organised by the UKIERI Study India programme.

"This programme really allows you to open the door into India in a very unique manner, something you can’t get by backpacking," Tom Wyke, 22, a History student from Queen Mary University of London, said in a press statement.

"It helps you to understand a little bit of the culture and get a feel for why it’s such a diverse and special place."

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Published on November 14, 2014
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