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India-Britain exchange scheme

  • Published
    1st Mar, 2023
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Ahead of the G-20 foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi, the external affairs minister announced UK-India 2030 Roadmap, which aims to bolster the two countries' ties in defence and security, trade and investment.

  • Britain has also announced UK’s first Tech Envoy to the Indo-Pacific region, who will boost ties with India as a priority.
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The Young Professionals Scheme:

  • Under the scheme, the U.K. will offer about 3,000 degree-holding Indians in the 18–30-year age group places to work in the U.K. for up to two years.
  • The scheme will commence in early 2023. Both India and UK will allow young professionals in their Countries to hold degree programs.
  • India is the first country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed upon last year.
  • Objective: The Young Professionals Programme is a recruitment initiative aiming to improve geographical representation, and promote gender parity in the Organization at the international level.

Significance: This landmark migration scheme will enable the brightest and best in both countries to benefit from new opportunities.

India-UK ties on Skill development:

  • Education: Education is an essential plank of the India-UK bilateral relationship. Over the last 10 years, the relationship has grown substantially with the introduction of bilateral mechanisms such as the India-UK Education Forum UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).
  • Indian Students: UK has traditionally been a favourite destination for international students.

At present, there are approximately 20,000 Indian students pursuing Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in the UK.

Other Government Initiatives to attract International students:

  • HEFA (Higher Education Finance Agency) is a welcome step in providing finance to premier educational institutions to create high-quality infrastructure and innovation ecosystems.
  • Student Insurance Schemes: Contrary to popular opinion, many students who study abroad are not from wealthy families; they take expensive loans to finance their education.
    • The aspiration to secure better exposure and the future can render them prone to difficulties.
    • A mandatory student insurance scheme, as well as responsibility for the welfare of students in the foreign country, should be incorporated into agreements to secure the interests of students who also spend considerably in the host country.
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