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Six University of Exeter students studied in India as part of Generation UK-India

Exeter students get taste of Indian university life

Six University of Exeter students have spent two weeks studying on an Indian University campus in the Punjab as part of a British Council scheme to foster collaboration between the UK and the sub-continent.

The undergraduates, from Exeter and Penryn campuses, were among 29 students selected from universities across the UK to spend two weeks being taught about India’s role in International Relations at the Lovely Professional University, in Punjab, as part of a programme called Generation UK-India. In addition to lectures, the students went on excursions to points of interest, such as the Golden Temple, and street markets.

While they were on their visit the students – Benjamin Christy, Jamal Clarke, James Hannon, Shannon White, Lily Salmon and Sarah Witty – were invited to a special conference in Chandigarh, attended by Indian school children, students and teachers and where they met the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith and his Deputy David Lelliot.

Jamal Clarke, who is a student of Politics and International Relations at Penryn Campus in Cornwall, said “It was very interesting to study politics from another perspective. We are so used to seeing the world from a western point of view. India is a country that really feels it is going places and could become a major power.”

Generation UK-India is a programme that aims to build collaboration, engagement and trust between the UK and India. The British Council is working with partners to support young people and professionals from the UK to gain experience in India.

Date: 16 August 2016

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