The visit saw Mr YK Sinha join a roundtable with Indian students from both the University of Bristol and the University of West England, in which participants had the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in UK – India relations and gain valuable insights into the priorities of India’s foreign policy under the Modi government.
After the roundtable, the High Commissioner joined the University’s first ever International Forum, which took place at the University’s Priory Road Complex. Following an introduction by Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) Dr Erik Lithander, Mr YK Sinha outlined a number of opportunities for the development of stronger bilateral relations between India and the UK, particularly in the areas of higher education and research.
To celebrate the event, free Indian food and drink was offered around the campus and an Indian buffet was provided to those who attended the International Forum.
The Indian High Commissioner also had the opportunity to meet with University of Bristol researchers active in India, and hear first-hand about the latest research studies what involve Indian collaborators.
The University plans for hold a minimum of two International Forums each year, thus providing an opportunity for staff and students to gain insights into the component parts of the University’s international strategy. It is hoped that guests such as the Indian High Commissioner will add valuable external perspectives to future International Forums.
Dr Lithander said: “We were delighted to welcome the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr YK Sinha, to the University and to the city of Bristol. This was his first visit to the University, and our staff and students were delighted to have the opportunity to hear first-hand from such a distinguished speaker. There is clearly a very significant appetite across the institution to develop closer links with Indian institutions in both teaching and research.”