“Prosperous India is good for the United Kingdom,” said British Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott while addressing an audience of 850 students from UK and Delhi University (DU) at Panjab University (PU) on Friday.
Of the 850 students, who are on a six-day trip to various cities in Haryana and Punjab including Kurukshetra, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh, about 120 students and faculty members are from King’s College, London, University of Edinburgh, Scotland and other colleges of UK as part of an educational train journey from Delhi.
The students visited various departments of the university and appreciated the campus architecture. Later, they presented cultural programmes.
Talking to the media, Lelliott said it was his third visit to PU, while adding that the UK was looking at possible collaborations with the universities.
“We want to see a large number of British students coming to India and spending time here. Similarly we want Indian students to study in UK,” he added.
He also gave a presentation about various initiatives taken up by the Deputy High Commission office, Chandigarh, which caters to UT Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover said PU being one of the oldest teaching universities of the country shares common heritage with DU. He announced that the co-operation between DU and PU would be celebrated at Hans Raj College, New Delhi in 2014.