Friday, 7 April 2017

New Delhi; April 18, 2017:At an event hosted by British Council today, Rt. Hon’ble Greg Clark - Secretary of State for Business announced 57 new UK India partnerships worth over £ 1.6 million. Ranging from social sciences, engineering, human health, climate research and data science these partnerships have been announced under UKIERI and projects will be implemented jointly by institutions in the UK and India with an aim of enhancing educational links between both the countries. These partnerships have been co-funded by the UK and Ministry of Human Resource Development through University Grants Commission and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The event was also attended by the British High Commissioner - Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith KCMG and The Right Honourable Usha Kumari Parashar – Deputy Chair of the British Council.

UKIERI, a bilateral education and research programme funded by the UK and Indian government, is a flagship example of existing people to people relations between the two countries acting as a living bridge.

Alan Gemmell OBE, Director, British Council India said, “We are proud to introduce the new UK India education and research partnerships under UKIERI. At British Council, we want to bring students, researchers and enthusiasts together to ignite the fervour of education. We trust that with UKIERI, we will bring together the best practices from both nations and help strengthen ties between India and UK.”

Rt. Hon’ble Greg Clark, Secretary of State said “Over the last ten years, new joint UK-India research and academic exchanges have brought joint investments worth over £200 million and UKIERI has been an important part of that success. Over 1,000 UK-India partnerships have been created, leading to 25,000 exchanges of academics and researchers. We are now in the third phase of UKIERI, which is open up to 2021.”


Achievements of UKIERI


Facilitated over 1000 UK India partnerships in research and education


Supported two way exchanges of over 25,000 academics, researchers, staff and students creating lifelong links


Built capacities of 35 million youth through train the trainer programmes


Created skill development standards benchmarked to UK across 82 identified job roles in India


Provided life changing experience to 1000 plus UK students through the Study India Programme


Leveraged £ 75m over £ 35m GBP invested in the programme since 2006

Focus of UKIERI Phase III (2016-2021)


Build on the achievements of Phase I and II


Focus on four strands of education collaboration at the level of universities, colleges covering:

a. Leadership and Faculty Development

b. Integration of Skills in Education System

c. E-partnership and Research Incubation



Notes to Editor


UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK. It has been recognized as a key multi stakeholder programme that has strengthened the educational relations between the two countries and been successful in covering all segments of the education sector. 

UKIERI is funded from the UK by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, Scottish Government and Department for the Economy Northern Ireland; and from India by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department for Science and Technology, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, University Grants Commission and All India Council for Technical Education. The programme is delivered through the UKIERI Secretariat led by the British Council in partnership with International Unit, Universities UK and Association of Colleges, UK.

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For more information on UKIERI, please contact:

Malyaj Varmani | Assistant Director – UKIERI |


For more information about the British Council contact

Aditi Hindwan || 8377 0014 50

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