Kopar Khairane
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UK will put more effort into improving research and innovation links with India

The UK's Minister of State for South Asia, Lord Tariq Ahmad, began a four-day visit to India on Saturday with the goal of fostering ties in the fields of science, research, and innovation.
The visit's emphasis on science, technology, and innovation highlights the UK's dedication to strengthening alliances in these fields throughout the world.
According to the Foreign Office, as part of its ongoing participation in the Indo-Pacific region as outlined in the Integrated Review, strengthening the UK-India partnership is a fundamental tenet of the UK's long-term foreign policy.
Lord Ahmad said before his arrival that “the UK and India are trusted partners united by the special living bridge that closely connects our countries and people.”
“We are deepening our collaboration on science and technology, bringing new innovations to both our nations,” he added. “Building on the 2030 Roadmap for India-UK future relations.”
The trip coincides with negotiations between India and the UK on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which is anticipated to expand their present trade relationship to the tune of GBP 36 billion by 2022. On June 5, New Delhi will host the start of the 10th round of FTA negotiations.
As Minister for South Asia, Lord Ahmad's travel to Rajasthan will be his first to Jodhpur, the city where his mother was born, and it will showcase the area's rich cultural heritage. He will debate gender equality, education, and sustainability with up-and-coming women leaders while touring the renowned Mehrangarh Fort.
Lord Ahmad will introduce the “English Skills for Youth” initiative in New Delhi, which was created in collaboration with Microsoft India and the British Council to increase the career chances for young people in India, particularly young women. The winners of the UK-India Health-Tech Boot Camp, which supports Indian health-tech ideas, will be revealed by the minister.
The UK and India have a beneficial collaboration, according to Christina Scott, the acting British High Commissioner to India. We are advancing and speeding up our cooperation in the areas of health, the environment, commerce, education, science and technology, and defense as we implement the UK-India Roadmap 2030.
“With India serving as the G20's presidency, there is a chance for the UK and India to collaborate on developing and implementing solutions to global problems.”
Lord Ahmad will visit T-Hub and T-Works, the technology start-up incubator and prototype facility that are a part of the world's biggest innovation complex, as well as the space launch vehicle business Skyroot, to showcase scientific and technological advancements before leaving Hyderabad.
He will also pay a visit to the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, where he will speak with Indian Chevening graduates about future opportunities for scientific and technological cooperation.

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