Asian Lite joined the UKTI delegation to visit India. Rahul Laud who was part of the delegation reports on the latest Memorandum of Understanding signed by the University of Bolton with the Government of Karnataka
The United Kingdom Trade and Investment Authority North West delegation led by Mission Manager Barbara Singleton, Manchester Investment and Development Agency Service Limited (MIDAS) team by its CEO Tim Newns and the University of Bolton Assistant VC Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi have returned from India after their recent visit on a new high.
While India was buzzing with Bio Asia events in Hyderabad and Bangalore and Make in India summit in Mumbai the Mancunians struck a successful pact with the Government of Karnataka to explore advanced partnerships between Manchester Universities and Higher education body in the state of Karnataka.
The purpose of the pact was to facilitate co-operation and knowledge sharing between the University of Bolton (UK) and Government of Karnataka (India).
MIDAS dynamically organised a Manchester – Karnataka education summit in the garden city of Bangalore ,establishing a vibrant connect and sending a strong message that the England’s Northern Powerhouse – city of Manchester was all geared up to forge meaningful ties in the educational sector.
The education summit witnessed at the head table the minister for education of Karnataka T B Jay Chandra, Tim Newns, British Deputy High Commissioner in Bangalore Dominic McAllister and Additional Chief secretary (Education Department, Higher Education), Bharat Lal Meena, government of Karnataka. Large contingents of Vice Chancellors from the state of Karnataka were present to participate in the discussion with Manchester Universities.
An excited and happy Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi, Assistant Vice Chancellor (academic) University of Bolton said, “The Memorandum will facilitate co-operation and knowledge sharing in a focussed set of disciplines including; Games, Special Effects (SFX), Visual Effects (VFX); Sports Sciences; Supply Chain Management; Higher Education Quality Enhancement; and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development.
Based on this MoU, Dr Reddy further added, the University of Bolton and Government of Karnataka may develop collaborative projects to undertake following key activities;
- Setting up a centre of excellence in Karnataka to improve quality in Higher Education;
- A potential centre of excellence to enable innovation and development of SMEs to improve their global supply chain competence;
- Course development and delivery in the focussed academic subject areas as set with selected partner institutions in Karnataka;
- ‘Train the Trainers’ through the University of Bolton’s proven Flying Faculty and global education delivery models;
- Academic-research staff exchange for knowledge transfer in the focussed subject areas.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Jaya Chandra said, “The visit and several meetings in Manchester organised by MIDAS was an eye opener and provoked the idea to pave way and develop relations between Manchester and Karnataka.” He said “Karnataka also has strengths in several fields thus this MoU and summit will establish stronger partnerships, knowledge sharing, academic interchange and exchange of faculty and students. English language improvement efforts can also be pursued through such tie ups, he added.
Explaining in details , the MIDAS chief Newns said, “The recent activity in India was as part of the Greater Manchester (GM) India strategy that was developed about 12 months ago with the GMLEP and although MIDAS, part of MGC, led on the development of the strategy, it is very much a GM-wide strategy that involves both the public, private and educational sectors.
Newns added , “MIDAS attempts to raise Greater Manchester’s profile as a place to visit and invest, other elements of the strategy were to increase trade and investment performance, develop an entrepreneurial “bridge” between GM and India and build relationships between our higher education institutes to increase collaboration around research, skills development and study opportunities.
Elaborating further, Newns informed , “The strategy also suggested a specific focus on Bangalore, in the State of Karnataka, due to its similarities to Greater Manchester in terms of sector specialisms (ICT and Healthcare) and also it’s reputation as India’s largest education centre.”
According to Newns, “The MoU with Bolton University was the first part of this journey in connecting the expertise in our institutions with those in Bangalore/Karnataka. Bolton University were joined on the visit by the University of Manchester and the University of Salford each with very different offers that have great appeal in India and we would expect further collaborations to occur where there is joint value to be gained in areas of combined specialism.”
All VCs, Dr Reddy , Manchester Universities representatives and the Minister agreed upon to establish a multi-disciplinary think tank to be set up – a committee of 10-15 persons from both countries which will have further dialogue in the mutual interest of Universities in Manchester and the state of Karnataka.