British minister chairs round table on education and employability

British minister for Universities and Science David Willetts chaired a round table on education and employability organised by British Council at St Xavier's College Monday.

Willetts, part of the UK delegation led by British Prime Minister David Cameron, along with academicians and industry representatives, highlighted new opportunities and programmes between India and UK that could help bridge gap between education and employability.

Willetts said, "The Indian government does not recognise one year Masters' degrees taught in UK. Though the same degree is accepted for jobs in private sectors."

Willetts along with few academicians is planning to meet human resources development officials in Delhi to discuss issues concerning recognition of taught Masters' programmes. "This is one of the factors affecting the flow of Indian students in UK universities," added Willetts.

Willetts also said there is no cap on legitimate students coming to study in UK. "Indian students are welcome to stay for post study work and internship programmes but we expect it to be graduate level employment," he added.

Academicians, industry representatives from India and UK discussed ways to enhance employability and skill development by collaboration between UK and India.

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