National Workshop on Quality Assurance and Accreditation
12-13 May 2013
UKIERI in partnership with Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and National Board of Accreditation is organising a two day workshop to provide a road map for using accreditation as tool for ensuring quality in Indian Higher and Technical Educational Institutions. The workshop is open to all State Higher and Technical educational institutions and representatives from regulatory and accreditation bodies.
For session wise presentations of the event please click here.
Pre Bid Workshops
March - April 2013
UKIERI announced the third call for applications across Leadership Development, Innovation Partnerships, Skills Development and Enhancing Mobility strands of the programme in February 2013. The bids were announced online across India and the UK with opportunities of funding and collaboration, some of which are jointly funded by University Grants Commission, Department of Science and Technology and All India Council for Technical Education.
Further to the announcement of the call UKIERI organised pre bid workshops across regions in India and the UK in March and April 2013 to help potential applicants understand the application process for the current call announced under UKIERI. The workshops were open to all Higher and Further Education institutions, Technical and Vocational Education institutions from India and the UK. These workshops were aimed at individuals/institutions which are new to UKIERI to help them build their capacities for proposal writing and collaborative working.
More than 280 higher and further education representatives attended the workshops in India and the UK.
Senior Indian Ministerial Delegation visits UK
28-30 January 2013
Senior ministerial delegation led by Honourable Indian Minister Shri Pallam Raju- Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India visited the UK from 28-30 January to engage with policy makers to reaffirm the India UK Educational relationship and to forge newer ties. The Ministerial delegation included Shri Ashok Thakur – Secretary (Higher Education) MHRD, Ms Vrinda Sarup- Additional Secretary (School Education and Literacy) MHRD, Ms Veena Ish (Joint Secretary- International Cooperation) MHRD, Prof Ved Prakash- Chairman University Grants Commission, Prof SS Mantha – Chairman All India Council for Technical Education, Prof Udai Desai- Director IIT Hyderabad and Basab Banerjee- Head Standards & QA, National Skill Development Corporation.
The delegation was accompanied by Rob Lynes, Sally Goggin from British Council India, Andrew Jackson from the British High Commission, India and Mr T Vasudevan from Indian High Commission, London.
The Indian Minister was one of the key speakers at the Education World Forum 2013 which was attended by over 30 Education Ministers and provided a platform to share leading practice and ground-breaking policy insights.
Celebrating the success of SIP
To celebrate the success of the Study India Programme (SIP), an event was hosted in London on 27 November 2012, in UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), to bring together representatives from BIS, British Council, King’s College London, University of Delhi and Mumbai, Tata Consultancy Services and UKIERI, to reflect on the achievements of the programme. SIP students from across the four years, were also invited to share their experiences and be a part of this event.
Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, attended the celebrations and underlined the importance of such innovative ways of improving student mobility to India. The Minister also congratulated students and organizers on the programme success and had engaging discussions with participating SIP students on future opportunities in the field of Indo-British education.
UKIERI Study India Programme (SIP), since its inception in 2009, has provided opportunities to 718 students from across UK universities to visit India (based in Mumbai and Delhi), to learn about a new culture and at the same time, enhance their enterprising skills.
FICCI HE Summit 2012
FICCI Higher Education Summit was organised on November 5 & 6, 2012. UKIERI in partnership with FICCI is supporting Session on “Corporate Engagement in Higher Education” which aims to capture various participation models and explore the role, responsibilities and implementation strategies to adequately leverage corporate sector engagement.
Announcement of UKIERI Work Placement programme
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs announced the launch of the pilot phase of the UKIERI Work Placement programme on 31 October 2012. UKIERI has entrusted the University of Dundee and Indian company Sannam S4 to lead and deliver Work Placement Programme to help UK graduates experience living and working in India, and gain an understanding of one of the world’s fastest emerging economies.
Minister Oliver Letwin visit to IIT Delhi
UKIERI organized a visit to IIT Delhi in October 2012 for UK Minister of Government Policy, Oliver Letwin to showcase of the depth and impact of UKIERI partnerships across higher education, research, staff and student mobility and Skills development. He also engaged with project stakeholders including academia & industry to understand their perspective on the future of UK India collaboration.
HE Secretary visit to UK
MHRD Higher Education Secretary Mr Ashok Thakur visited UK in October 2012 to engage with key stakeholders and institutions involved in UKIERI. He met with representatives of India Advisory group constituted by UUK which is a group set up of leading UK universities with interest on working with India. This list includes some of the participants of the Innovation round table and had visited India under UKIERI to discuss collaborations and partnerships with India. He visited University of Cambridge to review some of the UKIERI partnerships in Higher Education and Hackney Community college to understand the model of community colleges.
Announcements of UKIERI Skills Travel Grant and Staff Exchanges
The announcements for Skills travel grant and Staff exchanges were made in September 2012. 95 staff exchanges are being supported under the Enhancing Mobility strand. 28 Skills travel grants are being supported under the Skills Development strand for capacity building of institutions to forge newer partnerships and bid for full partnership funding.
Roundtable discussion on School Leadership Development Programme: Update and next steps
In this series of activities in the scoping phase, UKIERI also organized a round table discussion in partnership with MHRD in Sep 2012 as the next consultative step in bringing all the stakeholders together and review the progress made so far. Through this roundtable, the core teams from NUEPA and NCSL provided an update on the field visits to the two states. The session also focused on inputs from stakeholders from India and the UK side who are likely to be engaged in activities going forward. The findings will underpin a comprehensive strategic proposal which will support in creating a decentralised framework for school leadership development across India.
Study India Farewell Event
UKIERI Study India Programme symbolise the need for the next generation to understand their role on the global stage. SIP provides opportunity to undergraduate students from all areas of England to visit India to understand the challenges and opportunities that new global economies face. SIP started in 2009 and as a programme has grown over the years and now has a strong network of 718 UK students. This year 165 UK undergraduate students arrived in India on 18th August. The four week stay of UK students culminated with a grand farewell event at Mumbai and Delhi in September 2012. Sherriff of Mumbai, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, Principal from KCL, representatives from TCS, Bombay Stock Exchange, Indian buddies from Delhi University and HR College all came together to bid farewell to the UK students.
Consultative Discussion Meeting for School Leadership Development
UKIERI participated in an open session in Delhi in August 2012 on School Leadership Development organized by National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) on issues and challenges in school education and exploring synergy with the National Centre for School Leadership as envisaged by Indian Ministry and other leadership initiatives. The open session had participation from 8 Indian states- Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh to provide state level experiences and concluded by drawing up state-specific plans on School Leadership Development.
British Council Interface with UKIERI Study India Programme participants
In August 2012, UKIERI commenced its four week Study India Programme (SIP) which gives UK undergraduate students an opportunity to visit India and to gain experience of Indian culture, way of life, people, arts, politics, economy and language. The programme has been able to garner the corporate support from Tata Consultancy Services owing to its success and impact in the last three years. The programme is being implemented in Delhi and Mumbai and this year 165 UK undergraduates have been selected from various UK universities/colleges/further education institutions. To abreast the SIP students of the British Council work in India they attended a session on “British Council interface with SIP Students”.
SIP students also interacted with visiting group of MP’s from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Advisory Group. This facilitated discussion gave the students a better understanding of the relationship between India and UK and the scope and opportunities related to this relation in terms of education, diplomacy, politics, technology etc.
3rd India UK Qualification Task Force Meeting
The third task force meeting on qualification recognition was organized in July 2012 in Delhi to address key points of the last meeting and explore opportunities of working together for equivalence and recognition. The meeting also covered an update on India’s National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework which is being developed currently. Both sides committed to ensure quality in the courses being offered to students and to work through UKIERI to strengthen the capacity of the Indian Skill Knowledge Providers.
Visits under the School Leadership Development programme
Under UKIERI and in partnership with NUEPA, representatives from National College for School Leadership, UK participated in a week-long series of visits, workshops and meetings in New Delhi in July 2012. The UKIERI School Leadership Development programme is currently being developed by National College for School Leadership with support from National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) and Ministry of HRD. Through activities of the scoping phase, UKIERI aims to devise a strategic programme that will in future contribute to the establishment of regional centres of excellence for school leadership development in India and create a decentralised framework for school leadership development across India
UKIERI ESRC ICSSR Joint Call Announced
UKIERI in partnership with Indian Council for Social Science Research, India (ICSSR) and Economic and Social Research Council, UK (ESRC) jointly announced the call for bids in July 2012 towards ESRC PhD Partnering Initiative. The call was to support the development of reciprocal institutional links between the ESRC Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) and developing and emerging centres of social science excellence in India.
Visits under the Higher Education Leadership Development programme
Under UKIERI, representatives from Leadership Foundation for Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK participated in a 4 day long series of visits and meetings in New Delhi and Haryana in June 2012. The response from all the University senior representatives and stakeholders was positive. The UKIERI Higher Education Leadership Development programme is currently being developed by Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) with support from Universities Grants Commission and leading Indian universities. Through activities of the scoping phase, UKIERI aims to devise a sustainable, scalable leadership programme linked with India’s national objectives for higher education.
Progress and Monitoring Visits by BIS
UKIERI organized two monitoring and progress visits for Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in Delhi for an overview of the progress of the programme activities in April 2012. The Secretariat arranged for project visits and stakeholder meetings across Higher Education, Research and Skills and provided comprehensive detailed documentation on the programme implementation.
India UK Roundtable on Skills Development
India UK Round table on Skills Development was jointly organized by Ministry of HRD and UKIERI in April 2012. The roundtable aimed to bring together key stakeholders working on the agenda of Skills Development in India and the UK to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership through UKIERI. Both sides endorsed that UKIERI has provided a platform for both the countries to collaborate on various aspects of Skills Development and grow together through mutually beneficial collaborations.
India UK Roundtable on Innovation
India UK Round table on Innovation was jointly organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and UKIERI in April 2012. The roundtable aimed to bring together key stakeholders working on the agenda of Innovation in India and the UK to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership through UKIERI. The roundtable was structured as a forum to share experiences and focus on specific steps that universities and Government in India and UK can take in fostering innovations.