India and the United Kingdom have a long-standing relationship that dates back centuries. From being under British colonial rule for almost 200 years, to gaining independence in 1947 and establishing democratic ties, both countries have come a long way. In a bid to further strengthen their relationship, India and the UK signed a historic agreement in May 2021.
The agreement, formally known as the `India-UK Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement`, aims to promote cooperation in various fields including trade, investment, education, science and technology, and research and innovation. The agreement will also focus on enhancing people-to-people connectivities between the two countries.
One of the key highlights of the agreement is the easing of visa restrictions for Indian students and professionals traveling to the UK. The UK government has announced a new `Graduate Route` which will allow Indian students to stay in the UK for two years after completing their studies, to find work or set up their own businesses. This will be a significant boost for Indian students who aspire to study or work in the UK.
The agreement also acknowledges the contribution of Indian healthcare professionals to the UK`s National Health Service (NHS) and proposes a framework for cooperation in the healthcare sector. This will not only benefit the UK`s healthcare system but also provide opportunities for Indian healthcare professionals to work and contribute to the UK`s healthcare sector.
In addition, the agreement emphasizes the need for both countries to work together towards addressing global challenges such as climate change, food security and sustainable development. This reflects the shared values and commitment of both countries towards building a better world for present and future generations.
Overall, the India-UK Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement marks a significant step towards strengthening the relationship between two countries. The agreement recognizes the importance of collaboration in various areas and highlights the potential for mutual benefits. Through this partnership, India and the UK can work towards building a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future.