`UK for sending its students to study science, tech in India`

United Kingdom which has one of the world`s most reputed educational institutions is also looking forward to send its students to study in India.

Updated: Mar 20, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Hyderabad: United Kingdom which has one of
the world`s most reputed educational institutions is also
looking forward to send its students to study in India in the
areas of science and technology and software development,
British Council (India) director Rob Lynes said on Saturday.

"One of the things I am keen to do is to get more
students from the United Kingdom to India to study here
because at the moment there aren`t enough students coming from
UK to study in India," Lynes, who is also the Minister
(Cultural Affairs), told reporters on the sidelines of a
programme which marked the launching of UK`s first National
Alumni Network in India by British Council here.

"There are fantastic universities, colleges and
institutions in India and there are some partnerships between
institutions in UK and India and as part of these research
links we want to see that students from UK can take up the
opportunity of coming here to study for at least one term," he
said adding, "We are hopeful in the coming years it will be a
two-way flow of students between both the countries."

Lynes said students from UK can take up studies in the
fields of science and technology, software development,
microbiology that are the areas of strength in India.

He further said the British Council is working towards
developing a Global Alumni Network (of students) who have
studied in United Kingdom and is also planning to launch a
website in this regard.

"Whether students have studied in UK from China, India or
Germany, we are working on how we can build a global alumni
network and are also working on building a website," he said.

To a query on whether UK intended to set up campuses of
British Universities in India, he said that they would wait on
the outcome as the Foreign Universities Bill which has been
approved by the Union Cabinet last year was presently before
the Parliament.

PTI