New initiatives will strengthen links between UK and India – Jenny Willott MP

August 27, 2014 12:34 PM

Speaking2Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed major new initiatives announced by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, which will deepen the historic links between the UK and India.

The Deputy Prime Minister has established a new award for individuals whose outstanding achievements have strengthened relations between the UK and India.

The new awards are dedicated to Dadabhai Naoroji, who became the first Asian Member of the UK Parliament in 1892 and brought the first Indian business to the UK.

Applications open on 1st September and are open to anyone who wishes to nominate an individual in either the UK or in India. There are three categories - people who have furthered UK-Indian relations in the fields of commerce, culture and education.

A new British Council-led exchange programme will see 25,000 young people from the UK travel to India to work and study over the next five years.

The Deputy Prime Minister made the announcement in Mumbai during his trade mission to India.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:

"The UK has always had a special relationship with India and this new award highlights this. It also celebrates the achievements of Dadabhai Naoroji, who was an MP for the Liberal Party and did so much to advance Indian and British society.

"This huge expansion of exchanges for young people between the UK and India will benefit British students, and the experience they get of living and working in India will help equip them for jobs in the global market place, and give them new perspectives on life.

"Cardiff University has a long established relationship with India, and we have a large and diverse community of Indian students living in our city. I hope that these new initiatives will strengthen this relationship further and offer more opportunities for our young people to travel in both directions and learn from each other."

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