India and the UK have entered into an agreement recognising each other’s higher educational qualifications in an MoU signed by both countries on 21 July 2022. The information was shared by the British government in a Press release posted on their website.
The agreement is a part of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP). It was initiated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson last year.
Owing to the MoU, the British A-levels, undergraduate degrees, and postgraduate degrees will now be recognised by universities in India. This will make it easier for Indian students graduating from British universities to take up postgraduate courses or pursue a career in the government sector in India.
The UK is already a popular study abroad destination for Indian students, with over 84,500 Indian students moving to the country in the academic year 2020-21. HESA recently reported a 220% rise in the number of Indian applications to the UK as a part of the global education ‘renaissance’. The UK’s students are also finding their way into Indian universities through the Turing Scheme.
The agreement is likely to further increase the ease of access and appeal of British education for Indian students. The press release states that the industry is likely to benefit by GBP 109,000 (approx. INR 1.04 cr) per non-EU student welcomed into the country.
The move has garnered overwhelming support from British universities with Viviene Stern MBE, the Chief Executive of Universities UK International, calling it ‘a landmark, historic agreement’ and Barbara Wickham OBE, the Director India of the British Council, saying that it is ‘a significant moment of celebration in the India-UK relationship’.
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