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UK and India upgrade joint research on clean water and clean energy

United Kingdom and India have launched joint research projects on ‘Water Quality Research’ and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’.

The ‘Water Quality Research’ programme has 8 projects and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’ programme has 4 projects, with total joint investment of up to £15 million.

Key Facts

These projects aim to deliver mutual benefits and research solutions not only to UK and India but also to address shared global sustainable development goals – clean water and clean energy. These eight collaborative research projects should bring benefits to both people and the environment, and we are delighted that the programme is being launched today.

India-UK water quality programme

This India-UK water quality programme is supported jointly by Department of Science and Technology (DST) in India and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in UK. It aims to equip local communities, policymakers, regulators and businesses with information and solutions they need to secure provision of clean water, rejuvenate rivers and restore ecosystems.


India and UK sign MoU to ease restrictions on number of scheduled flights

India and United Kingdom (UK) have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries.

The MoU was formally signed by Union Minister of Civil Aviation Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju on behalf of India and Lord Tariq Ahmad of UK during his visit to India.

Under this MoU
  • Limits on flights from key Indian cities including Chennai and Kolkata have been scrapped, allowing for a greater range of flights for passengers while providing a boost to trade and tourism for the UK and India.
  • All destinations in the UK is opened for Indian carriers for code share flights, and UK carriers can also operate code share flights to any International Airport in India, through domestic code share arrangements.

The increase in number of flights between both countries will boost businesses and tourists. It will bring direct and indirect benefits to many sectors of the economies of two countries. Tourism from India makes an important contribution to the UK’s economy. In 2015, there were 422,000 visitors from India to the UK, bringing more than 433 million pounds to its economy.