Manchester-India relationship continues to gather momentum
Our university’s strong relationship with India has taken another step forward, with two high level delegations on campus in January.
The High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, Mr. Vikram Doraswami, and the Consul General of India, Birmingham, Dr. Shashank Vikram, visited the National Graphene Institute (NGI) - arranged through the University’s participation in the Manchester India Partnership.
This showcased Manchester’s research strengths in 2D materials and was an opportunity to highlight deepening relationships with Indian institutions including the Indian Institute of Science, and the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) both located in Bangalore.
In a separate visit, the NGI, in collaboration with UK Science and Innovation Network, hosted the Secretary to the Government of India, Department for Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Srivari Chandrasekhar and a team of senior advisers.
The DST were undertaking a familiarisation week in the UK, with a particular focus on the nation’s research strengths in hydrogen, advanced manufacturing and space, concluding their time in Manchester at Jodrell Bank Observatory and Discovery Centre.
Stephen Flint, Associate Vice President International, The University of Manchester, said: “Our relationship with India is growing at pace and spans many of our activities including the recruitment of top- quality students, joint research and PhD student training and business engagement. These senior government visits underscore our engagement with the region”.