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British Council announces 12 new academic grants

The British Council has announced 12 new academic grants and two new top-up grants worth £500k for industry-academia partnerships across India and the UK. It is a part of the British Council’s Going Global Partnership (GGP) programme.

The announcement was made at the India-UK Higher Education Conference in Delhi. Out of all the new grants most of them are collaborating with technological institutions. The 12 new academic grants are:

— Development of Structural health Monitored Advanced Recyclable and Transportable Hydrogen Tanks for High-Performance Aerospace Applications – Technology and training for a sustainable aerospace future (SAMARTH). Under this subject, the partnering institutes are Swansea University, UK and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the industry partner is Datum Advanced Composites Private Limited.

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— Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure, Security, and Data Analytics. Under this, the partner institutes are Cardiff University, UK and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and the industry partner is EVI Technologies Private Limited.

— Towards next-generation education in sustainable and disaster-resilient infrastructure with University College London and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as partner institutions and AECOM India Private Limited as an industry partner.

— Developing resilient founders for a better and more equitable world: Mental health toolkits and frameworks. London School of Economics and Political Science and ATLAS Skilltech University are the partnering institutes and Mindhug Limited is the industry partner.

— Hydrogen Energy for a Decarbonised Future (HEAD) with University College London and Vellore Institute of Technology as partnering institutes and Siemens Energy Industrial Turbomachinery Limited as the industry partner.

— Repurposing the retired electric vehicle battery for sustainable agricultural application as the subject and the University of Warwick and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi as partnering institutes and Nunam Technologies India Private Limited as the industry partner.

— Supporting socially and environmentally sustainable sugarcane expansion: academia-industry collaboration to evaluate alternate production technologies and management strategies. Cranfield University and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee are the partnering institutes on this subject and the industry partner is Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Limited, Uttar Pradesh.

— Development and Evaluation of a Student Wellbeing and Stress Management Module (DESTRESS) with the University of Warwick and Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College as partner institutes and Mind and Matter Marketing Solutions Private Limited as the industry partner.

— For the subject of sustainability education in Indian technical higher education: curriculum and pedagogical approaches have University College London and Indian Institute for Human Settlements as partner institutions and Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India as the industry partner.

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— Her Game, Her Story: Developing A Media Training Programme for Women’s Sport with Bath Spa University and Jadavpur University as partnering institutions and Sportzworkz as the industry partner.

— For the subject, ‘Empowering Tribal Coffee Growers: Enhancing Capacity for Value Addition, Quality Management, and Market Linkages in Koraput, Odisha with Anglia Ruskin University and National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences as partner institutes and Tata Coffee Limited as the industry partner.

— For Feasibility Assessment of Renewable Assisted Wired and Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles, the University of Nottingham and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi are partner institutes and Semtronics Limited is the industry partner.

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The top-up academic grants are for the subject— Circular economy (CE) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to combat climate change issues and strategy to reduce the environmental and health impacts of domestic cooking applications by replacing traditional cookstoves with clean and efficient ones

Over the past three years, the GGP has enabled 70 grants of about £2 million delivered to 155 universities (100 in India and 55 in the UK) and 13 industry collaborations. The grants have impacted over 5000 students. The programme has enabled 36 new courses with six of them focussing on climate studies and sustainability.

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GGP has also facilitated an increase of over 30 per cent in the number of enrolments for UK TNE programmes from 9,050 to over 12,000 since the close of the academic year 2021-22.

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