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Celebration of India-Oxford relationship

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College and Visiting Fellow at Hertford College, Mr. Kumar Iyer organised the first celebration of India-Oxford relationship at the House of Lords on 9th July, 2018.

High Commissioner Mr. Y K Sinha spoke of the strong links of Oxford University with India, and said that many eminent Indian political leaders, opinion makers, thinkers and scientists have been educated at Oxford and this link needs to be strengthened further by working together on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, digital economy, healthcare technologies, cyber security, etc. He spoke also of the recent developments affecting student mobility between India and the U.K. and said that these were making UK a less attractive destination for higher studies for Indian students, particularly since UK has for a long time been considered a ‘destination of choice’ for higher education. He emphasised that his interactions with heads of leading universities across the UK revealed that such concerns were shared across the board and there was a strong desire, amongst universities here for more Indian students enrol.

High Commissioner congratulated the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development created with Government of India providing an endowment of Rs. 25 crores (GBP 3 million), for its commendable work since its inception in educating, innovating and collaborating with India in promoting sustainable growth and development.