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 two Prime Ministers announced that 2016 would be the UK-India year of Education, Research and Innovation. This will highlight the strengths of the bilateral relationship, drive further collaboration, including a range of digital technology enabled education and training initiatives, so that both countries create a new 21st century framework as partners in education, research and innovation partners, in the global context.

Joint statement between the UK and India following Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Cameron's meeting in London in November 2015


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 aims to highlight the existing strong and mutually beneficial bilateral relationship between the two countries in the education sector. It aims 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 will be launched during the course of the year-long campaign that will enhance mobility between students of both countries allowing exchange of information and ideas between both nations.

The campaign aims to refresh the bilateral relationship creating a new 21st century framework as partners in education, research and innovation partners, in the global context for the next 10 years.


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.  

Generation UK-India: A programme that aims to bring up to 25,000 young people and professionals from the UK to gain experience in India by 2020. The participants will have the opportunity to teach in an Indian school, work in a Indian organisation or do a short tailor made course in an Indian University. Find out more about the Gen UK-India programme.

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 will take place in Delhi in November 2016 to showcase the success of Science and Technology cooperation between India and the UK. The summit will also explore partnership opportunities for future initiatives, bringing together companies from both the countries under one roof.