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Posted: 04/03/09

College engineers Indian links

West Nottinghamshire College is joining forces with a specialist engineering institution in India.

The College has signed a partnership agreement with Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Polytechnic College in Tamil Nadu, which will lead to student exchange visits and best practice-sharing.

It follows a week-long visit to India by Vimal Subramanian, the College’s International Development Manager, and Brian Malyan, Associate Director of Learning for Engineering and Transport Skills, to identify and set up educational links with an institution specialising in engineering technologies.

Vimal and Brian Malyan, who toured several colleges, were particularly impressed with Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Polytechnic College’s range of mechanical and automotive engineering courses and specialist facilities.

Brian said: “We’re proud to be linking up with Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Polytechnic College and broadening the educational experience of students both here and in India.

“We’re particularly keen to send our students to Tamil Nadu and welcoming Indian students to The Engine, our Centre of Vocational Excellence for advanced design and manufacture, to teach them our robotics and polymer engineering techniques.”

Located at Sovereign Way, Mansfield, The Engine provides students with a range of qualifications in mechanical, electrical, manufacturing and polymer engineering.

The partnership forms part of the College’s international strategy and will promote mutual understanding and academic links between the two institutions.

Vimal and Brian’s visit was funded by a £1,500 India travel grant from the British Council under the PMI2 Connect project – the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education.

Further information

The PMI2 Further Education Partnership Fund (FEPF) is specifically directed at the Further Education (FE) sector in the UK to support their position in international education.  The Partnership fund provides grants to UK FE institutions to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with FE institutions in PMI2 priority countries. 

West Nottinghamshire College was one of seven UK FE institutions that were awarded India travel grants to enable developments between the UK and India to take shape.

For more information please visit www.britishcouncil.org