Session highlights

The UK Government strategy is to grow international student numbers to at least 600,000 – India is one of the priority countries... The UK India road map explicitly supports two way mobility.” Professor Sir Steve Smith, UK Government’s International Education Champion

  • India’s new National Education Policy (NEP) has internationalism at its heart, particularly international mobility of students from India and to India, according to Dr Manju Singh, Joint Secretary, International Cell, University Grants Commission. The UK and India 2030 road map, with its raft of education priorities including mutual recognition of qualifications, makes the UK an important partner in this international outlook.
  • Jayesh Ranjan, principle secretary of Telangana, pointed out that India ranks third in the world for new start up, behind US and the UK. This young entrepreneurship is supported by national policies such as Make In India and Start Up India. This is predicted to be a growing trend and will be an important criteria in future partnerships with overseas HE and organisations. 

Session summary

The session will start with a presentation on the key reforms in the National Education Policy 2020 and on India’s ambition of becoming an internationally connected global knowledge hub  The NEP is based on the pillars of Access, Equity, Quality, Affordability, Accountability and emphasises systemic and institutional improvements to regulation, governance and promotion of multidisciplinary academics and research in Indian HEIs.

It includes; 

  • Reforms to improve the governance standards in the Indian Education System
  • A more student centric approach, providing more flexibility to students with new course structures at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.
  • Establishing a National Research Foundation • International mobility of students from India and to India 

The presentation will be followed by a panel of education leaders from both the centre and state governments in India focusing on the implications of NEP 2020, particularly in terms of promoting international cooperation on education and research. 

This session explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the NEP for greater internationalisation of the Indian higher education system.


  • Dr. Manju Singh, Joint Secretary, International Cell, University Grants Commission, India
  • Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana, India
  • Sir. Steve Smith, International Education Champion, UK government, UK
  • Anju Sharma, Principle Secretary Higher and Technical Education, Government of Gujarat, India
  • Prof. NV Varghese, Vice-Chancellor, National Institute of Education Planning & Administration, Delhi. plymouth 270, India
  • Moderator: Barbara Wickham OBE, Country Director, British Council, India