The Indian and UK government recently signed an agreement on 21 July 2022 to facilitate student mobility and academic collaboration among higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the two countries. The agreement on Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications was signed and agreed upon between James Bowler, Permanent Secretary, Department of International Trade of the United Kingdom (UK); and K Sanjay Murthy, Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Education, India.
An official statement added: “This is a landmark moment in our bilateral educational relations as signing of this MoU would enable smoother student mobility between the two countries and help in developing stronger institutional collaboration and widen the scope of academic and research collaboration between the Higher Education Institutions of both countries.”
At present the Indian government is taking various steps to permit greater international integration with countries to foster internationalisation of education, as it is one of the significant areas of focus under the National Education Policy, 2020.
Back in May 2021, at a virtual summit between the PMs of India and the United Kingdom, a comprehensive Roadmap to 2030 was discussed. This roadmap was further adopted for an enhanced bilateral cooperation amid the two nations. Education happens to be an important pillar of this roadmap. Keeping India’s National Education Policy 2020 in consideration the two countries agreed to expand education initiatives by nodding on a mutual recognition of academic qualifications, added the statement. Both the countries also agreed to form a new Enhanced Trade Partnership.