Minister Smriti Irani and Sajid Javed at the launch of Year of Education, Research and Innovation
Minister Smriti Irani and Sajid Javed at the launch of UK-India Year of Education, Research and Innovation

The UK-India Year of Education, Research and Innovation (YERI) was announced by the Prime Minister of both UK and India through a joint statement issued during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to UK in November 2015 and launched formally by Ministers Smriti Irani and Sajid Javed on 9 December 2015.

YERI aimed to highlight the existing strong and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between the two countries in the education sector, to further strengthen collaboration between the two nations particularly in the area of digital technology enabled education, and training initiatives and science.

New and transformational initiatives across education, science and research were launched during the course of the year-long campaign to enhance student mobility between both countries, allowing exchange of information and ideas.


Newton Fund: Extended from being only science-focussed to align with India’s focus on promoting humanities research and studies through the Newton-Vivekanand supported partnerships. As part of the programme, the Newton Bhabha Fund has been established to bring together the UK and Indian scientific research and innovation sectors to find joint solutions to the challenges facing India in economic development and social welfare.  

GIAN: The programme encourages teaching faculty from all over the world to spend time in Indian Universities across India.

SWAYAM: As part of the programme, UK will contribute to the repository of open learning resources on India’s open digital platform SWAYAM.

Connecting Classrooms: This teacher’s capacity building programme aims to support teachers in integrating core skills in the curriculum.

UK India Education Research Initiative: A bilateral programme that facilitates institutional and professional partnerships to enhance the quality of skills development, leadership and mobility.

English and Digital for Girls Education (EDGE): The programme intends to empower girls with access to technology to manage their own learning of English language through customised digital resources.

Blended Learning for Skills: The demand for skilling 402 million youth by 2025 can only be met by using technology effectively along with other modes of teaching and learning. English Skills for employability hopes to achieve this through blended learning approach to provide access to high quality learning resources to a large number of young people.

Academic Faculty Development Programme: As India scales up its Higher Education system to meet the ambition and aspiration of its young people, there is an increasing demand for supporting the capacity building of faculty in Universities and Colleges in India. A faculty development programme to enhance quality of teaching and learning in colleges supported by technology will be launched this year.

Teachers Professional Development: The British Council provides support to school education system through a range of capacity building activities in different areas such as teaching of English and Core Skills. To enable policy makers and practitioners get the best impact the British Council will develop and launch the Teachers Educators Manual to go along side, ‘Teaching for Success’ the continuing professional development toolkit for teacher.

Technology Summit: The 3-day summit held in November 2016 in Delhi showcased the success of Science and Technology cooperation between India and the UK. The summit also explored partnership opportunities for future initiatives, bringing together companies from both the countries under one roof.