India and the United Kingdom are natural business partners. Trade and investment ties are diversifying as India emerges as a global force\
Between the United Kingdom and India, there are close and vibrant academic links. The UK’s cultural presence has enriched Indian culture, not least through the use of English, and Indian authors have enriched English literature. Indian culture is now becoming an important component of multi-ethnic Britain, both through the population of Indian descent in the UK and directly.
We applaud this and will work to strengthen cultural ties between our countries, especially in areas such as publishing and film production. Officials claim that India’s trade relations with the United Kingdom are focused on the principle of mutual benefit, and that reaching an agreement is relatively simple due to the bilateral nature of the talks. We will reinforce the relations between our countries as two new, free, and democratic societies. The India-UK relationship is based on common history, beliefs, and culture, as well as a deep understanding of one another.
With 1.6 million Britons of Indian descent, this has resulted in a highly educated and economically diverse living bridge. Our partnership is already broad, with cooperation ranging from agriculture to space, thanks to this inherent power, but we believe it has a lot of room to expand. We will improve institutional structures that will enable us to set and achieve ambitious goals in all areas of cooperation, as well as enhance people-to-people connections. Expand our university partnership in light of India’s New Education Policy, including mutual recognition of qualifications by the end of 2021, simplification of the education regulatory system, acceptance of online courses, integration of vocational training into mainstream education, and increased international collaboration. Assist in the earliest possible reciprocal acknowledgment of professional credentials.
Enhance the establishment of direct links and collaborations between both countries’ higher educational institutions. Encourage and support the mobility of a larger number of students, instructors, and researchers in both directions. Organize networks of leading think tanks, universities, and academic organisations, as well as libraries and museums in both countries, to improve the exchange of ideas on the India-UK relationship. Enhance India-UK cooperation on enhancing women’s roles in STEMM at schools, universities, and research institutions, as well as creating an enabling atmosphere for fair participation of women in STEM disciplines, by collaborating on new initiatives such as the GATI (Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions) project.
Focus on teacher training, mentoring, and sharing of global best practises through initiatives like the India Innovation Competency Enhancement Program to foster partnerships between industry, academia, and the government to foster innovation among school students (IICEP). Continue the biennial ministerial UK-India Science and Innovation Council to set the agenda for science, research, and innovation partnerships between the two governments, align with larger common goals, and deliver in partnership. To continue to support high-quality, high-impact research and innovation through collaborative processes, build on the two countries’ established bilateral research, science, and innovation infrastructure and governmental relationships. Promote the United Kingdom and India as preferred partners and global forces for good in areas of mutual interest, such as health, the circular economy, climate, renewable energy, urban development and engineering healthier ecosystems, waste-to-wealth, manufacturing, cyber physical systems, space, and related science.