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India hopes UK universities can help fill skills gap

The UK India Business Council is to launch a platform in March that will match the skills needed by Indian companies with those that can be provided by UK universities.

Kevin McCole, chief operating officer at the council, said that the platform would help Indian companies work with UK university graduates and researchers, who are known to have strong soft skills, such as creativity. 

The council aims to strengthen business ties between the two countries, and is currently working to ease rules in India to enable more universities based in other countries to collaborate with Indian companies and higher education institutions. As it stands, only those non-Indian universities ranked top 200 in the world are allowed to collaborate with Indian companies and universities, McCole told the Indian newspaper The Economic Times on 1 January. This government policy should be revised to allow collaboration with universities in the top 500, he said.

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