UCL News


UCL welcomes Indian High Commissioner

25 January 2005

UCL's already close links with India were given a further boost in January 2005 after a visit from the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma.

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma with students from UCL’s Indian community The High Commissioner, joined by his wife Mrs Babli Sharma, toured UCL after meeting with UCL's President & Provost Professor Malcolm Grant and Professor Michael Worton, Vice Provost (Academic & International).

UCL already has over 170 Indian students studying across a variety of disciplines and enjoys many active research collaborations with staff at Indian universities and specialist institutes, both areas which the High Commissioner is keen to develop further and which were discussed with Professor Grant and Professor Worton.

Speaking at a lunch attended by many of UCL's Indian students His Excellency said: "India is currently moving ahead economically and we need to prepare strategic relationships with UK institutions like UCL to help continue this growth. The embassy is employing an education officer and I look forward to her meeting colleagues at UCL to promote students coming here and discussing what chairs and fellowships can be funded."

Among the students who attended the event was Ms Rati Singh who is studying for an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering. She explained why she chose to come to UCL: "While sustainable architecture is becoming more popular in India, it's still a marginal practice and there aren't any environmental design courses taught there, so the Bartlett course is ideal for pursuing a career in this area."

Image: His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma with students from UCL's Indian community.