India, UK agreed to deepen ties in education

Both sides said that the key strands for UKIERI are to be jointly funded and these include leadership development and innovation partnerships.

New Delhi: India and the UK on Tuesday agreed to
deepen their ties in the field of education with increased
collaboration between academia and discussed about proposed
innovation universities.

Chairing the fourth UK-India Education Forum, both HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal and UK Minister for Universities and
Science David Willetts reiterated their support to the UK
India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) buoyed by its
success.

Both sides said that the key strands for UKIERI are to be
jointly funded and these include leadership development,
innovation partnerships, skills development and enhancing
mobility, said an HRD Ministry official.

UKIERI also announced a total of 161 awards for 2011-12.
Out of these, 67 are higher education partnerships involving
over 135 institutions across the UK and India and 7 skills
partnerships involving over 14 institutions.

The ministers also acknowledged the work done by the `UK
qualification recognition task force` under UKIERI and noted
that credit transfers and mutual recognition is a key area of
work and recommendations made by the task force will be
supported on either side, the official said.

The ministers also discussed about the proposed
innovative universities, a venture which the UK is keen to
partner with.

PTI

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