January 31, 2016, by Jason Feehily

Congratulations on India Republic Day

I was delighted to attend the India Republic Day Reception at Grosvenor House, representing the University of Nottingham. The Reception was to celebrate the 67th India Republic Day. Our host was the High Commissioner of India, H.E. Mr. Navtej Sarna and senior representatives of the Government of India. The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Minister of State for Employment, represented the UK Government.

India Blog 2It was a truly vibrant evening with great entertainment of traditional Indian music. The countries 2 national anthems were played followed by a speech from the High Commissioner and the Rt Hon Priti Patel. The High Commissioner focused upon the development of the original India Constitution and the importance of the visit to the UK by Prime Minister Modi in November 2015. A key point was the huge potential for India in having a young, entrepreneurial population to the future development of the country. It is expected that, by 2020, India is set to become the world’s youngest country with an anticipated 64% of the population in the working age bracket.

Rt Hon Priti Patel emphasised the role of the Indian diaspora in the UK and the powerful links that provides for both countries.

The University is developing exciting partnerships with India, with further visits planned this year. I travel out on Sunday to Chandigarh and am looking forward to it. Part of the journey will be to explore opportunities in the development of India’s Smart Cities. The University has research expertise in smart and resilient cities, so we see this as being a great match for the University and for cities on India. It was also good to meet with a great supporter of Nottingham, Consul General Jitendra Kumar Sharma, based in Birmingham. The Consul General has always enthusiastically supported the activities of Nottingham with India.

A great evening.

Jason Feehily


Head-Asia Business Centre

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