It is a particularly exciting time for the UK’s collaboration with India on education. As well as our long-standing links in all areas of education, our collaboration is expanding. We see this in particular with the rapid expansion of the Indian education system, and changes in the UK to ensure that schools, colleges and universities provide people with the skills they need in a globalised knowledge economy.
The British High Commission supports the cross-government bilateral UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), which is managed by the British Council in India. In the last five years, UKIERI has played a pivotal role in establishing a step change in the educational relations between the two countries in a range of areas, including schools, skills, higher education, research and policy dialogue.
Our work in India on education brings together a range of British organisations:
British Council: As well as managing the UKIERI programme, the British Council operates a wide range of education partnership programmes that link the UK and India, and Project English to provide quality English language teaching and training.
Department for International Development: DFID spends more than £70m each year on education in India, including supporting major initiatives like the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA – universal secondary education) and Mahila Samakhya (education for empowerment) programmes.
UK Trade and Investment: UK businesses have a long track record in a wide range of educational service sectors, including educational resources and vocational training. Service providers in India include a range of not-for-profit ventures and other businesses (not-for-profit ventures and other businesses).
A guide to UK organisations working in India to support education, skills and research can be found on the SPARK.