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UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to visit India

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid, British MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will visit Kolkata and New Delhi from 13-16 October.

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Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid’s visit to India is the latest in a series by senior British government ministers.

The visit aims to emphasise that Britain is keen to develop a stronger, wider, deeper partnership with India.

Our cultural relations are strong from supporting each others’ rich heritages to multiple collaborations in the creative industries.

In Kolkata, the minister will host a Round Table on UK-India museum partnerships and a “Culture Is GREAT” reception. He will also launch the first all girls football team as part of our programme with the Premier League. Amongst several events to promote culture and tourism, Sajid Javid will also participate in a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of World War One and the one million Indians who fought in it.

In New Delhi, Sajid Javid will deliver a keynote speech at a UK-funded Cyber Governance Security conference. He will meet Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian Minister for Law, Communications and IT and Sripad Yasso Naik, Indian minister for Culture and Tourism. He will also visit Rajghat and Gandhi Smriti. At the British Council he will engage with young Indian creative entrepreneurs and Indians who have studied in the UK.

Media opportunities:


  • Tuesday 14 October

    • 0830-0900: First World War Centenary Commemoration, Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery

    • 0930-1030: Launch of the community football development programme for girls under the Premier Skills Kolkata Goalz Project at Alipore Bodyguard Lines, 7 Diamond Harbour Road

    • 1130-1330: Launch of UK- India joint report at the Museums Round Table at the National Library

New Delhi

  • Wednesday 15 October

    • 1100-1330: Meeting with young Indian creative entrepreneurs and Indians who have studied at the British Council, UK

    • 1400-1500: Heritage Walk at Humayun’s Tomb

    • 1830-1930: Folk Nations Programme supported by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and British Council at Kamani Theatre

  • Thursday 16 October

    • 1100-1230: Cyber Security and Cyber Governance Conference at Oberoi Hotel

    • 1400-1420: Visit to Rajghat

    • 1500-1600: Visit to Gandhi Smriti

    • 1630-1730: Press Conference at 2 Rajaji Marg (British High Commissioner’s Residence)

Further Information:

  • View Sajid Javid’s CV

  • Full coverage of the visit.

  • For further information on the Kolkata visit, please email Mainak De or call on 09830070623

  • For further information on the New Delhi visit, please email Sakthy Edamaruku or call on 9560057575

Stuart Adam, Director,
Press and Communications
British High Commission,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192411

Mail to: Sakthy Edamaruku
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Published 13 October 2014