- Department of Higher and Technical Education & British Council to enhance curriculum, train faculty and develop leadership skills, support mobility and enhance skills of students
The British Council, UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural exchange, and the Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural exchange to promote the state’s aspirations for knowledge and economic development. This is in line with the ambitions of the Government of Maharashtra and its work to improve opportunities for young people, quality higher education and skills development.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Chandrakant Dada Patil, Minister, Government of Maharashtra, Department of Higher and Technical Education and Alison Barrett MBE, Director India, British Council. Vikas Chandra Rastogi, IAS, Principal Secretary Higher Education and Rashi Jain, Director West India, British Council signed the MoU.
As per the agreement, British Council will lend support towards internationalisation of higher education in the state of Maharashtra, including research and mobility. The agreement has been drafted to enable the state government to create opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration in areas of mutual interest. The two entities will work closely to strengthen Maharashtra’s Higher Education Ecosystem with a focus on activities for capacity building and leadership development and training for faculty, to support the internationalisation agenda, through face-to-face and virtual workshops, training, mentoring and knowledge exchange.
Chandrakant Dada Patil, Minister, Government of Maharashtra, Department of Higher and Technical Education, said “We are looking forward to developing high quality partnerships with UK Higher Education Institutions to create better research and development facilities and we hope to create tangible positive impact in the lives of the students across the state.”
Alison Barrett MBE, Director India, British Council, said, “Together we aim to improve the students’ experience and employability, and build a better social-economic future for Maharashtra.”