Trivandrum: The British Council today welcomed 46 graduates from the UK to study at the University of Kerala, Trivandrum for a unique learning experience as part of the Study in India programme. As part of the British Council’s Generation UK-India programme, the students will attend a two week course on ‘Contemporary India: Society and Culture’ which will be led by some of Kerala’s finest professors and will give students an insight into different aspects of Indian lifestyle, including history, values and multiculturalism.
Set on the beautiful Malabar coast, the University campus will host these students during the programme and offer an opportunity to engage and live among other local students. With an aim to offer a real taste of Indian student life, the programme will include a daily routine of morning yoga followed by interactive lectures for the UK graduates. Lectures on contemporary themes such as social values, law and modern philosophy will give students a unique insight into Indian lifestyle.
The students will also take Malayalam language lessons, be a part of various cultural activities and undertake some exciting excursions to educational sites. These will include local religious sites, the world famous Keralite backwaters and Kanyakumari – the southernmost point of the Indian subcontinent.
“It was a great honour to join the Honourable Chief Minister in addressing almost fifty young people from the UK attending Kerala University through the Generation UK programme. We hope the young people will be inspired by India and inspire the students, faculty and Keralans they meet.” said Alan Gemmell OBE, Director, British Council India.
“I’m proud to be part of this ground breaking programme which will see young British students learn from India and their Indian counterparts. These people to people links are vital to building an even stronger UK-India relationship in their 21st century”, said Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
This course is one of the eleven courses being offered by nine different Indian institutions as part of this year’s British Council Generation UK-India programme. Now into its second year, the programme, aims to promote intercultural exchange and build engagement and trust between the two countries. Following a successful first year which saw over 500 young people and professionals take part in placements in India, the programme continues to grow in the second year. New partners such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and KPMG will offer internships, teaching assistantships and study placements in India. They will also support UK institutions to send students to Indian universities on individual placements. Over the next four years, the programme hopes to create a significant increase in mobility between the UK and India.