India, UK to deepen collaboration in research in arts and humanities
New Delhi | Tuesday, Sep 25 2012 IST
Sharing a rich historical, social and cultural legacy, India and UK have now decided to strengthen and expand their partnership in research in arts and humanities to build further on their shared experiences. This aspect of their relationship was highlighted at an event 'Jalsa' organised at the residence of British High Commissioner to India Sir James Bevan. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Bevan said research was quickly becoming the cornerstone of many blossoming UK-India partnerships.
The two governments have jointly committed more than 90 million pounds to research collaborations in the last three years. "It is important that we recognise the potential of the arts and humanities in this growing endeavour, he said.
'Jalsa', which showcased UK-India arts and humanities research, funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), was organised by AHRC's representative office Research Councils UK (RCUK) India.
The UK and India -- A Partnership for Research, a new publication that highlights AHRC-funded UK-India research was launched. The High Commissioner said as the booklet demonstrates, some of the best minds from the two countries' great universities, cultural organisations and creative sectors had worked together for many years.
"These collaborations have produced and will continue to produce new ideas, reflections and thought-provoking information that can only serve to benefit both countries," he said. Prof Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC, said researchers in India and the UK working together have so much to learn from each other in understanding the shared parts of our history and culture and realising their potential.
"I look forward to building on the excellent projects featured here, cementing relationships and developing joint endeavours." AHRC-funded research projects include studies on the formation and transmission of Sikhism in Britain, the history of the Indian presence in Britain, the Southall story, musical enculturation and the earliest English voyages to India.
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