The Bangalore-Mumbai Economic corridor will be reality soon,according to Peter Beckingham,British Deputy High Commissioner. Beckingham was in the city on Friday and talked about various spheres where Britain is looking forward to working with India.
The proposal to construct a Bangalore-Mumbai economic corridor spanning 1,000 km was discussed between a delegation from Britain headed by PM David Cameron and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. The feasibility of the project and funding has yet to be discussed and will be done in the next meeting which is yet to be scheduled, Beckingham said. This will also help boost the economies of Pune,Satara and Kolhapur, he added.
Britain will also invest £3 million to £100 million in joint research projects in future,he said. We are looking forward to improving the joint ventures in the field of research. The main focus will be on health,IT,education and engineering sectors, he added.
Education is a major area where Britain is interested in developing partnerships,he added. We are looking at more and more student exchange programmes. A delegation of 9 vice-chancellors from Britain were here along with the PM and they discussed issues related to education and its development in India. Contradicting the popular statement that students in Britain do not get jobs,Beckingham said,Students can take up any graduate level jobs. Only jobs that do not have to satisfy the graduation criteria are not allowed.