UK minister for skills to visit India

The British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Matthew Hancock is scheduled to visit India from January 20-24. During his visit the Minister will travel to Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh.

While in Mumbai, Hancock will visit the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He will also meet his counterpart Subramanian Ramadorai, adviser to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the National Council on Skill Development.

In New Delhi, Hancock will launch the UK Association of Colleges' (AoC) training partnership.

Speaking about his trip, Hancock said, "India has an ambitious goal of growing a skilled workforce totalling half a billion people over the next decade. So on my first major visit as Skills Minister I will be taking 27 UK colleges and training providers with me."

"The partnership between the UK and India is already a strong one, culturally and economically. But we have the opportunity, potential, and the intent to go even further," he added.

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