Bid to help UK students go to India
A campaign is being launched to help 25,000 UK students to study and work in India.
The Generation UK-India programme will offer young people the chance to work in Indian schools as teaching assistants, take part in cultural immersion courses or complete work placements at Indian companies, according to the British Council, which is running the initiative.
It added that the campaign aims to create a generation of "more globally, culturally and business aware" young people.
The first placements will take place next summer.
Universities Minister Greg Clark said: "It's great news that over the next five years up to 25,000 young people will get to experience student and working life India. This programme will help create a more globally competitive UK workforce and will help future proof the UK-India relationship."
Rob Lynes, director of the British Council in India, said "Student mobility is a proven means of building long lasting ties between nations, but currently the UK welcomes around 300 Indian students for every British student going to India.
"That imbalance needs to be addressed. India is poised to be the third largest economy in the world, and we want to give many more young British people the chance to get a better experience of modern India, and the opportunity to gain a more global mindset."