Top Indian universities and IITs are all set to open outposts in the United Kingdom for British students, reports claimed.
The development comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to internationalise his country's higher education, which was one of the key recommendations in India's New Education Policy (NEP).
UK's higher education minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the decision, saying that Britain's door is always open to IITs, as it will be a 'tremendous asset' for her country.
The news was confirmed by the High commissioner of India to UK Gaitri Kumar at a webinar of Observer Research Foundation. She said that renowned foreign education institutions are cordially invited to set up branches of their universities in India. Gaitri added that the desire India showed to open IIT campuses in Britain was well received.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's brother and ex-universities' minister Lord Johnson of Marylebone acknowledged the development and said if there's a country that can compete with China in terms of human capital and economic potential, it is India. He added that it is equally important for the UK to intensify its higher education and research ties with India because Britain is now heavily dependent on China, which has its own risk.
For the unversed, in the academic year of 2020-2021, more than 52,000 Indian students moved to the UK for higher education, however, in contrast, only 173 British students chose to relocate to India for the same purpose.
Johnson further said that it would be a great chance for India as well to internationalise its own brands in the education sector globally and there's nothing bigger than the IITs on the world stage.
Meanwhile, NISAU UK chairperson Sanam Arora also lauded the decision and said that India's innovation and entrepreneurial mindset, if combined with UK's research excellence, will definitely lead to great opportunities and positive outcomes for both the countries.
Source: The Times of India
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