Mr. Alan Gemmell, OBE, Director British Council India and Dr. Tayek Talom, Director, Higher and Technical Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of Arunachal Pradesh, today. The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister, Mr. Pema Khandu, in Tawang, in the middle of the most celebrated tourism festival of the State, the Tawang Festival.
The overarching MoU celebrates the British Council’s 70th anniversary in India and seeks to strengthen the relationship for the next 70 years.
As an immediate result of this of this MoU, 50 faculty members from government higher education institutions will be trained by British Council every year, starting in December 2018. Of these, 30 members will be from government colleges, 10 from governmental polytechnic institutes, 8 from central institutions established in Arunachal and 2 from officers of the higher education administration. Further, 50 students of higher and technical education institutes will be trained by the British Council in English Language skills, annually.
The MoU will also work towards improving English communication of Arunachal Pradesh’s civil servants, developing capacity-building initiatives in the state, supporting improvements in the teaching of Mathematics and Science, capacity-building programmes for faculty and senior administrators of higher education institutions and it will seek to increase student and academic mobility, for Arunachal Pradesh. The MoU also celebrates the rich cultural connections that Arunachal Pradesh has had with the UK.
The British Council has had a long association with both Arunachal Pradesh and the Northeast. It recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the North Eastern Council (NEC), to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation in all 8 states of the region.
Chief Minister Mr Pema Khandu said, “I am very happy that we signed this MoU with British Council which will enhance the opportunities for young people in education and culture from Arunachal Pradesh, connecting them to international expertise and ideas. I am grateful for the British Council’s initiative here in Arunachal and across the Northeast.”
Govt of Arunachal signed an MoU today with @BritishCouncil to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, to support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of the state. @PMOIndia @alangemmell @ArunachalDIPR pic.twitter.com/gLLBry4e7U
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) October 28, 2018
Alan Gemmell, Director of the British Council in India, said, “I’m delighted to sign this agreement with the State of Arunachal Pradesh in the presence of the Chief Minister Pema Khandu. This new agreement will see us support his ambitions for young people in the state. We’ve been inspired by the vision the Chief Minister has for Arunachal and will work to support Arunachal’s world-class festivals such as Ziro and Tawang that promote the rich cultural heritage of the State globally. This MoU also supports the vision of the Chief Minister in enhancing human resource capacity building in higher education and subsequently in school education.”
Earlier this year, British Council launched Mix the City Northeast which gave 14 musicians access to an international platform and audience. This showcased the diversity of music and cultural influences from the country’s 4 metros, featured 14 exciting Northeast based musicians and bands including Lama Tashi from Arunachal Pradesh.
To strengthen employability and promote gender inclusion, British Council launched Premier Skills Guwahati earlier this year, in which UK Premier League coaches trained 57 Indian football coaches from the Northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh.
The British Council’s Crafting Futures initiative gave artisans from the Northeast access to a national platform, Lakme Fashion Week. In the sphere of education, British Council also offered scholarships to 6 women from the Northeast to pursue higher studies in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.