Through our work in Science in the South Asia region, we are able to create opportunities for learning, institutional collaborations and academic partnerships.

Forming networks and partnerships in science enhances the international flow of information and trust, raising the profile and reputation of both the UK and South Asia in the field of science and higher education.

The South Asia Science programme supports British Council’s key objectives in ‘encourage(ing) scientific, technological, cultural and educational cooperation between the UK and other countries’ through capacity building and research collaboration opportunities. 

The countries in South Asia where the programme is delivered are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The South Asia science programme has three initiatives:

Water Initiative South Asia (WISA)

WISA is a five-year project (2018-2023) promoting science and research partnerships between the countries in South Asia and the UK. The initiative brings together key experts including researchers, scientists, decision makers and analysts,
 as well as senior managers of corporations 
and research institutions to review and investigate key aspects of water science in South Asia. 

The main themes of WISA are: 

  • Health, water quality and sanitation
  • Water resource management
  • Transboundary water cooperation

Mental Health Initiative for South Asia

The Mental Health Initiative for South Asia focuses on improving mental health in the UK and South Asia. The purpose of the scheme is to identify areas for collaboration and facilitate communication and partnerships for research on mental health
 between universities and research institutes in the UK and South Asia.

The main themes of the Mental Health Initiative are:

  • Mental health resilience
  • Child mental health
  • Mental health skills sharing 

Global Health Initiative for South Asia

The Global Health Initiative aims to strengthen research capacities and facilitate collaboration between global health scientists and practitioners. 

The main objectives of the initiative are to develop a knowledge exchange and learning platform on migration and health rights and facilitate new collaborations to address evidence gaps for responsive and coherent migration and health policies.

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