Generation UK-India programme

Generation UK-India is a programme that aims to build collaboration, engagement and trust between the UK and India. The British Council is working with partners to support young people and professionals from the UK to gain experience in India.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

This programme:

  • promotes India as a destination to gain study and work experience
  • offers mutually beneficial placements that will give young people from the UK the chance to develop employability skills and support the internationalisation of Indian companies and academic institutions
  • creates links that will be the basis for future collaboration 
  • builds a network of talented and ambitious young people from the UK who will form a future workforce ready to work with India and Indian companies 
  • builds deeper, wider and stronger understanding between India and the UK 

WHAT IS ON OFFER FOR INDIAN ORGANISATIONS? 

You could host a UK student at your Higher Education institution, bring a talented intern into your company or recruit a teaching assistant to bring international education alive for your pupils. 

We can also support with the development of partnerships between UK and Indian institutions or help your company meet Corporate Social Responsibility targets as part of Generation UK-India. The British Council and its partners will support you with advice, guidance and training.

By getting involved you will get the chance to:

  • engage with the UK 
  • build contacts for future collaboration 
  • host talented and ambitious young people from the UK and introduce different ideas and ways of working or studying to your institution
  • build your name and brand with a UK audience

HOSTING 

Find out more about hosting a young person from the UK:

Host a teaching assistant from the UK

Host students from the UK

WHAT IS ON OFFER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM THE UK?

We are working with Indian institutions to offer

In addition, we aim to increase engagement with India by

  • highlighting the benefits of gaining experience in India 
  • offering advice, guidance and training to individuals interested in pursuing opportunities 
  • creating a network of alumni to inspire further participation 
  • supporting institutions to develop new and existing placements in India for students 

To find out more information and to be kept updated on the launch of applications sign up on our Study Work Create website

WHAT IS ON OFFER FOR UK HIGHER AND FURTHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS?

If you are Higher or Further Education institution in the UK and want to find out more about participating and supporting Generation UK-India please visit our IHE website

Generation UK-India so far

Generation UK-India has the ambition of bringing about a real change in the numbers of young people from the UK undertaking experience in India. To date the programme has received over 4000 applications for over 1000 places. Applicants have been from over 130 different UK institutions and from a range of academic backgrounds. 

  • 250 teaching assistants have inspired pupils and gained experience of the Indian education in over 120 schools across 19 different states. 
  • 400 young people and professionals from the UK gained an insight into Indian society, education, technology and business on our cultural immersion placements supported by UKIERI and delivered with IndoGenius.
  • 285 students and graduates spent 2-3 weeks studying in an Indian university in 2016 with courses ranging from social entrepreneurship and gender studies to yoga and Bollywood.
  • In our first year of our internship programme with TCS we have sent 17 interns to gain experience in one of the largest technology companies in the world.
  • We have supported UK universities with their own placements and exchanges. Read about the placement Robert Gordon University students recently undertook to Manipal University.

You can also read about the experiences of Generation UK-India participants on our India Inspirations page.

Follow the journeys of the cohort of participants via #genukindia.

PARTNERS and supporters

TCS , KPMG and Air India all partnered with the British Council to deliver Generation UK-India. The TCS internship programme was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the UK in November 2015 and was formally launched by the Right Honourable Priti Patel and His Excellency Mr Navtej Sarna, the High Commissioner to the UK in February 2016. 

We work with a large number of Indian schools and universities to create placements in India. We also receive support from the UK and Indian governments, Universities UK International, CII and FICCI as well as a large number of UK HE institutions.

Lord Bilimoria and the Right Honourable Patricia Hewitt are champions of the programme.

The British Council is a partner for change around the world. We value working with other organisations to deliver innovative and exciting programmes.

If you are interested in partnering with us to fund, deliver or promote Generation UK-India, contact us for further information.