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The India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

Deepening and Diversifying UK-India Relations

Smiling Amarjit Singh
Mr Amarjit Singh

Mr Amarjit Singh, Special Advisor for India to University of Southampton, an alumnus of the University’s Law School and CEO of India Business Group, a leading advisory consultancy working in the UK, EU and India markets says,

"The modern relationship between the UK and India is at a key juncture. Through the University of Southampton’s new India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, the University will help deepen and diversify UK–India relations across a variety of industry sectors and spheres. It will contribute to developing and applying new technologies and solutions, fostering new cross border collaborations in health and scientific research, which will enhance our cities and improve the lives of our citizens.

"In my capacity as Special Advisor for India to the University of Southampton, it has been an honour and pleasure to work with the University’s leadership team, faculty colleagues and International Office to support the University with its India development and engagement strategy, drawing on my expertise, networks and knowledge of the country.

"Together, the UK and India are at the forefront of a global technology revolution. Growth will come from knowledge-intense industries and emerging sectors such as digital technology, life sciences and fintech. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has called the links between India and the UK a “living bridge” and rightly so. There are countless personal and professional ties between our two countries, including the estimated 1.5 million Indian Diaspora, active in all walks of life and who act as a cementing factor between our two great nations.

"As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the UK and India share a natural fit for delivering real innovation, entrepreneurship, skills and teaching which will inspire the next generation of global leaders and help bring Southampton and India even closer together."


Lord Patel
Professor, The Lord Patel of Bradford OBE

Professor, The Lord Patel of Bradford, OBE, says,

"I am passionate about promoting cross-border cooperation and collaboration between the UK and India, working with multiple stakeholders, with a view to addressing cross cutting global issues. I have for some time been working with several UK Higher Education institutions in facilitating global educational partnerships, by bringing together key education, industry and Government partners.

"I have been deeply impressed with University of Southampton’s multi-disciplinary expertise, portfolio of world class research and industry partnerships which are contributing to the betterment of society. In my capacity as an alumnus of the University and patron of the newly established India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, I look forward to continue working with dedicated colleagues to enhance the University’s India engagement and wider global impact.

Dipak Misra, Former Chief Justice of India says,

"The spell and image of a University is felt when one sanguinely interacts with the members of various faculties and is in purposeful conversation with the students. Both the aspects revolve around three concepts – knowledge, interest and enthusiasm. These facets, compositely put in the compartment of intellectual purity and aristocracy, are perceived in promptitude in Southampton University, for the warmth of discussion and width of participation have not only magnetic effect but also establish immediate chemistry.

"Such was my feeling when I visited the University in September 2018. My talk on ‘Emerging Jurisprudence of Constitutional Ethos and Constitutional Morality’, organised as part of the Southampton-India Distinguished Lecture Series and hosted by the Southampton Law School under the Faculty of Social Sciences, became vibrant not because of the attention I received but because of the discussion that followed. One could visualise the attentiveness of each member of audience and the inquisitive questions put on nuanced scores. The impression is unforgettable."

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