Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Theresa May inaugurated the UK Tech Summit in New Delhi on Monday. The key take-away from their speeches were the agreements the two countries signed.
But most importantly, Modi said, "Education is vital for our students. We must encourage greater mobility and participation of young people in education and research opportunities" hours after May had said that they will not be changing their visa norms for students.
The two head of states signed multiple agreements, including Clean Energy R&D Centre on solar energy and a new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative.
9:40 am: The Tech Summit will take us together into a journey based on shared scientific knowledge and technological prowess, concluded PM Modi.
9: 36 am: We also expect Make-In-India to be an important aspect of India-UK bilateral engagement, said Modi.
9: 31 am: "UK has experienced resilient growth in recently, it excels in academic quests and technological innovations. Affordable healthcare, clean energy, technology are the sectors opening new potential for India-UK businesses to bring innovation. We have agreed to establish a clean energy R&D Centre on solar energy and a new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative. India & UK must continue to nurture research that can fight global challenges," PM Modi said.
PM: Education is vital for our students. We must encourage greater mobility & participation of young people in educ'n/research opport's— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) November 7, 2016
9: 27 am: I am privilege that PM Theresa May has joined us. I am aware that India has always been close to your heart and you have been our great friend. The Tech Summit was envisaged during my visit to the UK last year to reinforce the friendship between India and the UK. India 3rd Largest Investor In UK, " PM Modi said.
9:17 am : "My first visit outside the European Union is to India. There is so much potential when it comes to India-Britain relationship, we have a special bond. We can break barriers to trade and investment. India now has one of the best UK visa services in the world. In Britain, we are working on economic & social reforms. Indian investment is helping us diversifying our economy," May said.
PM @narendramodi: We have agreed to establish a Clean Energy R&D Centre on solar energy & a new Anti-Microbial Resistance initiative— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) November 7, 2016