India UK collaboration is getting stronger. The UK government has plans to attract more international students to its universities in order to get an economic boost. More students will also increase diversity. A bilateral agreement will make UK universities even more appealing to Indian applicants and is likely to provide an economic boost, as the benefit to the UK of welcoming non-EU students is estimated by industry to be around £109,000 per person.

India and UK have also signed two more agreements – on maritime education and a framework agreement on the healthcare workforce. The latter pact will facilitate the training of healthcare professionals and nurses in India by the UK government, as the country is facing a shortage.

The maritime MOU interestingly paves the way for the governments to recognise the degrees, training and competency in maritime education in the respective countries.

The MOUs are part of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP), which was agreed upon by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

This all seems a good progress for bilateral relations of the two countries.