At a meeting on education between the United Kingdom and India, climate scientists come together

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By Education Today

Posted on June 9, 2022


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As members of the University of Reading join the largest ever delegation of UK university officials visiting India this week, new climate science research collaborations are on the table.From the 6th to the 10th of June, senior delegates from 23 UK higher education institutions will be in Mumbai for seminars organised by the British Council, the UK Government, and Universities UK International, as well as speeches from the Indian Ministry of Education.The inaugural education collaboration workshop between India and the United Kingdom will explore the present partnership and potential for higher education collaboration.

The University of Reading and the Indian Institute of Research in Bengaluru will also meet to discuss future collaboration in the field of climate science. Studies on fluctuations in the Indian monsoon and improving predictions are among the ongoing cooperation research projects between the two universities.”As a university with a global network of research and teaching, it is important that Reading is part of these efforts to secure government-level commitment to sharing knowledge and ideas internationally,” said Paul Inman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Reading, who is in India for the workshops.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand how these connections may improve people’s lives in both nations. I am looking forward to working as part of this delegation and prioritising the strengthening of these critical ties. “Impactful research and teaching require collaboration with worldwide partners. We intend to form and develop collaborations with Indian scholars to better understand the underlying climate concerns that both nations and the globe face.”

The UK team will participate in a series of sessions targeted at reinforcing and building new education collaborations, as well as investigating potential for knowledge and academic exchange, research innovation, and student mobility. Zamila Bunglawala, Director of the Indian Government’s Department for Education; Honourable Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Minister for Education and Skill Development; and Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary of the Indian Department for Education’s International Cooperation Cell, will speak to the audience.
The event was organised in response to new rules that have improved the UK-India educational partnership and opened up new prospects. The UK 2030 Roadmap, announced by the Prime Ministers of India and the United Kingdom in May 2021, establishes a framework for a strategic cooperation and a government commitment to expand education collaboration.