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Visit of High Commissioner to Bath & Bristol

High Commissioner of India to the UK, Mr. Y.K. Sinha concluded a twin-city tour of Bath and Bristol on May 5, 2018.

The visit commenced with the first visit ever of an Indian High Commissioner to the University of Bath. He was welcomed by Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Mr. Mike Nicholson, Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions. The two sides discussed various issues of concern to Indian students visiting the UK universities. The Vice Chancellor briefed High Commissioner on the exceptional progress made by Indian students and researchers hailing from the university. High Commissioner also interacted with select student researchers from the University working on India-related projects. High Commissioner was also given a tour of the famous Roman Baths by Curator of the Museum, Mr. Stephen Clews.

In Bristol, High Commissioner interacted with a group of prominent business leaders from South- West England during a meeting at TLT LLP Office hosted by CEO Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, Mr. James Durie. High Commissioner, in his address, spoke of the various initiatives taken by Government of India in improving ease of doing business and encouraged companies from South-West England to develop a more robust relationship with Indian companies to enhance trade. He also mentioned the possibilities of collaboration raised during the recent visit of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to the UK, in particular those relating to the India-UK Tech Hub and cluster partnerships in fields of artificial intelligence, future mobility, health care, etc. Lord-Lieutenant of the County & City of Bristol, Mrs. Peaches Golding and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Mr. Stephen Parsons also welcomed the High Commissioner during this meeting of apex business leaders of the region.

University of Bristol organised an India Day on the occasion of the visit of the High Commissioner to the University, during which the campus was decorated with Indian Flags. High Commissioner had a series of interactions at the University beginning with a meeting with Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady. High Commissioner interacted with about a hundred Indian students from University of Bristol and University of West of England and discussed their concerns and obtained a feedback regarding their experiences in the University.

During the special India and Bristol International Forum organized for the visit, High Commissioner spoke at length about the India-UK partnership, especially aspects relating to education, research and technology, innovation and upcoming areas of interest to Indian organizations and government like robotics, artificial intelligence, etc. This was the University's first-ever international forum.

A special Reception was hosted in honour of the High Commissioner by Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Asher Craig at City Hall where eminent community members from City were also present. Lord-Lieutenant and Deputy Mayor welcomed this first visit by High Commissioner to the City in 21 years. High Commissioner paid tributes at the statue of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the famous social and religious reformer, who breathed his last in the City in September, 1833.

Dean of Bristol Cathedral Dr. David Hoyle arranged an Evensong for India and Indian people during High Commissioner’s visit to the historic Cathedral. Vice Chancellor Professor Hugh Brady also hosted a dinner in honour of the High Commissioner, which was also attended by senior faculty of the University, eminent citizens of Bristol and local Members of Parliament.

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