UK for ‘living’ bridge with India


Kolkata: Describing foreign students as assets, the United Kingdom today said that there should be a ‘living’ bridge between his country and India with exchanges between higher educational institutions of the two countries.

“Both India and the UK are great democracies. What I suggest is that there should be living bridge between the two countries with exchanges among higher educational institutions,” UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs Boris Johnson said.

Johnson, who was here at the Presidency University bicentenary celebration, said that application of Indian students for studying in British universities had remained flat for some time, but was picking up of late.

He said, “The UK has a very good record of fighting hatred. A most diverse economy in the world with 300 languages spoken on the streets of London”.

Johnson also met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the day.

“I had a fantastic meeting with the chief minister. I suggested bicycle lanes on the main roads to ease traffic congestion and encourage low-carbon transportation systems,” he said.