Notts colleges join David Cameron on India trade mission
PRINCIPALS of two Notts colleges have accompanied Prime Minister David Cameron on his trip to India.
The heads of New College Nottingham and West Notts College have been on the visit to see how trade and education links can be forged between the two countries, in particular how the UK can help in the creation of 500 million skilled technicians in the next decade. They are due to return to the UK today.
The missions comes weeks after New College Nottingham opened its campus in New Delhi. Principal and chief executive Amarjit Basi said it hope to open 10 more campuses in states including Gujarat and Punjab.
"It has been a successful visit, which I was delighted to be a part of. It is the aim to increase the number of people with technical skills and vocational qualifications in India. And we want to play a large part in that," he said.
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Opening up more Indian campuses could lead to more exchange opportunities for staff and students in Nottingham.
Only two other UK colleges had representatives on the three-day visit, while companies including Rolls-Royce, the London Underground and the English Premier League were also represented, as was Universities Secretary of State David Willets.
West Notts principal and chief executive Asha Khemka has become chairman of the Association of Colleges in India, which will oversee education links between the two countries.
She said: "It is a huge honour to be involved in this important mission to India and to join such an esteemed delegation led by the Prime Minister.
"India has an ambition to create 500 million skilled technicians by 2022, which would be a challenge for any country. UK colleges can make a significant contribution to this agenda, which is what the AoC in India has been set up to support.
"With India predicted to contribute 25 per cent of the global workforce by 2025, our close links with industrial, educational and governmental partners in India make us ideally placed to help meet its dynamic aspirations.
"This visit sends another strong message that, as well as attracting Indian students to the UK, we have a commitment to be part of developing India's skills infrastructure."