UKIERI is being supported by a large number of stakeholders in the UK and India. It is an example of a successful partnership between a large number of stakeholders who are supporting the programme through funding and providing knowledge support in the implementation of the programme. The programme has been successful in garnering support from various regulatory authorities and government ministries and organizations which has undoubtedly raised the stature and depth of the initiative.
A description of the strategic objectives of these partners who support the programme is provided below:
1. Department of Business, Innovation and Skills: BIS aims to engage with international partners and develop the skills of people to carry out world class research and thrive in a global economy. The Government office for Science within BIS also aims to promote science based research partnerships at individual, research group and institutional levels to encourage reciprocal exchange of students and researchers.
2. Foreign and Commonwealth Office: FCO supports the delivery of the UK government’s international education objectives and through UKIERI it is working towards promoting UK as the partner of choice for education.
3. British Council: The British Council aims to work towards strengthening the international dimension of UK’s work in education and engage with government representatives, policy makers, students and young people world-wide.
4. Welsh Government: The Welsh Government aims to promote its objectives in research and innovation, economic, social and personal development and skill training.
5. Department for Employment and Learning: The Department promotes learning and skills, to prepare people for work and to support the economy. The objective includes promotion of economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training and to help people into employment and promote good employment practices.
6. Scottish Government: The Scottish Government is the devolved Government for Scotland and focuses government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.
7. Ministry of Human Resource Development: MHRD is the Department of Higher Education of the Government of India and is responsible for laying down the national policy on education and overseeing its implementation. It is responsible for planned development of university & higher education, technical education and international cooperation in the field of education and granting of scholarships to the deserving students.
8. University Grants Commission: The UGC has the unique distinction of being the only grant-giving agency in India which has been vested with two responsibilities: that of providing funds and that of coordination, determination and maintenance of standards in institutions of higher education. The UGC's mandate includes: Promoting and coordinating university education, Determining and maintaining standards of teaching, examination and research in universities, Framing regulations on minimum standards of education and serving as a vital link between the Union and state governments and institutions of higher learning.
9. Universities UK: Universities UK represents UK universities and some higher education colleges. Our 125 members are the executive heads of these institutions. Universities UK works to promote and support the UK's universities and to spread good practice throughout the higher education sector. Universities UK brings together the leaders of UK universities to discuss and debate current and future higher education issues, and to represent and campaign on their views to the Government, business, media and beyond.
10. Department of Science and Technology: Department of Science & Technology has the objective of promoting new areas of Science & Technology and to play the role of a nodal department for organizing, coordinating and promoting S&T activities in the country. India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy.
11. All India Council for Technical Education: AICTE was set-up in November 1945 as a national level Apex Advisory Body to conduct survey on the facilities on technical education and to promote development in the country in a coordinated and integrated manner. AICTE be vested with statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technical education in the country.
12. National Skill Development Corporation: NSDC aims to promote skill development by catalyzing creation of large, quality, for –profit vocational institutions. It provided viability gap funding to build scalable for profit vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
13. Wipro: Wipro Ltd. is a leading Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company that delivers solutions to enable its clients do business better. Wipro delivers winning business outcomes through its deep industry experience and a 360 degree view of "Business through Technology" - helping clients create successful and adaptive businesses. A company recognized globally for its comprehensive portfolio of services, a practitioner's approach to delivering innovation and an organization wide commitment to sustainability, Wipro has a workforce of 140,000 serving clients across 57 countries.
14. WIPRO Limited: At the India UK CEO Forum discussion held in July 2011, it was agreed that a work placement pilot program focussing on the IT Sector will be pursued and executed in joint collaboration between Wipro and UKIERI. UKIERI partnered with Wipro Limited under the enhancing mobility strand activity to Delivery “Global Education Internship Programme”. The aim of the Graduate Internship scheme is to equip the next generation of graduates in the UK with relevant skills that will increase their employability in the IT industry.
15. The Ministry of Labour & Employment: The Ministry of Labour & Employment is one of the oldest and important Ministries of the Government of India. The main responsibility of the Ministry is to protect and safeguard the interests of workers in general and those who constitute the poor, deprived and disadvantage sections of the society, in particular, with due regard to creating a healthy work environment for higher production and productivity and to develop and coordinate vocational skill training and employment services. Government’s attention is also focused on promotion of welfare and providing social security to the labour force both in organized and unorganized sectors, in tandem with the process of liberalization. These objectives are sought to be achieved through enactment and implementation of various labour laws, which regulate the terms and conditions of service and employment of workers. The State Governments are also competent to enact legislations, as labour is a subject in the concurrent list under the Constitution of India.
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