• Great Place To Study (GPTS) Research Institute (GPTS) and Sterling Media present 3rd Indo-UK Thought Leadership Awards at glittering award ceremony at The Mayfair Hotel on 22nd February to honour British and Indian change-makers in education, business and international relations.
  • As India and UK complete its 70-year partnership in 2017, to mark the platinum jubilee, 3rd Indo-UK Thought Leadership Awards seeks to expand on the bilateral partnership in knowledge, trade, business, and economy.
  • GPTS Research Institute to honour 18 of India’s most established and respected educational institutions with 3rd Global League Institute (GLI) Certification at the House of Commons on 23rd February.

Great Place to Study (GPTS) Research Institute, an international auditing firm commissioned by SkillTree Knowledge Consortium to certify and audit Indian colleges, together with the international business and communications consultancy Sterling Media, bring to UK shores the 3rd Great Place to Study India Edition initiative, India’s only international award and felicitation platform for India’s higher education institutions and colleges.LEADERSHIP-in-Education

The 3rd Great Place to Study India Edition initiative comprises a two-day delegation of India and UK academics, educationists, public figures and business leaders. They will convene to not only spotlight India’s advancements in education but also the cross-border relations shared between UK and India, especially in the face of UK’s hard exit from the European Union and the 70th anniversary of the business and cultural ties between India-UK.

UK-India bilateral trade grew by 170% between 2004 and 2014, and India is currently the third largest investor in the UK, and the second largest international job creator, with Indian companies having created over 110,000 jobs in the UK. Also, considering the fact that over 75% of the Fortune 500 companies have a presence in London, the economic partnership between the two nations also creates a trickledown effect on the scope for expanding the bilateral relationship in education.

Explaining the vision behind establishing Great Place To Study Research Institute, Founder Mr. Shekhar A. Bhattacharjee, says: “Accessing the best education institutes in India, with listings based on real time data was missing. Being listed in various education portals or static advertisements do not allow 21st century students to make qualified decisions on their education. To ensure the highest quality amongst institutions, those that do not meet the requirements for our minimum score will not be listed, allowing for students to discern between good institutes and truly great ones. 

Sterling Media is a globally renowned, multi-award-winning business and communications consultancy. Established in 1995, Sterling Media has been pivotal in raising the global profile for India across several sectors – from India Inc to promoting the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood, to promoting India as a great place to study. Speaking about the company’s partnership with SkillTree Knowledge Consortium to conceptualise the 3rd Indo-UK Thought Leadership Awards, Natasha Mudhar, CEO & MD of Sterling Media, says: “We have all gathered in the front row to witness a seismic shift in India’s education sector. The country has the immense scope and potential we found necessary to rally its educational institutions forward and help them expand to international standards. This potential is one of the prime reasons we partnered with SkillTree. We are confident that we are able to create a sector-wide reform that will benefit not only the country but also its students.  

Ms. Arvina Purkayastha, Co-Founder, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium and COO, Great Place To Study adds, “With a relationship that goes back centuries, the trajectories of both India and the UK have always been influenced and dependent on the other. The 21st century has seen this partnership evolve into a special relationship across cultural, technological, trade, educational and research boundaries. The 3rd Indo-UK Thought leadership awards draw on this very international relationship to recognise and honour the leaders, influencers and trailblazers in the field of education who have contributed to the betterment to both countries.”

Mr. Shekhar A. Bhattacharjee, Founder, SkillTree Knowledge Consortium says: “These thought leadership awards are not just about celebrating the leading contributors to sectors like education, business and economic development from both countries, but also building and fostering new relationships between the UK and India. Delegates from India are very keen to find opportunities for expansion and collaboration.”

The GLI Certification was established to represent an emblem of global standards and practices earned by Indian institutions and universities who maintain a strong focus on student satisfaction practices in learning experience, learning objectives, learning outcomes, life on campus and general happiness. Its objective is to showcase India’s potential as a global-leader in education, by profiling such lauded educational institutions on par with the finest higher learning establishments in the world, demonstrating India’s vast potential as a hub of learning and development.

On Thursday 23rd February 2017 at House of Commons, GLI Certificates will be presented to 18 of India’s respected educational institutions for their contribution in cementing India’s position as an educational destination of choice by the global student fraternity.

The ceremony will be conducted by Baroness Sandip Verma, Chairman of Lords European External Affairs Committee and Member of the Lords EU Select Committee. A highly influential, global facing business leader, since entering the House of Lords in 2006, Baroness Verma has held several key Ministerial appointments and has had an active and advisory role in policy formation and development. These include her role as Minister for the Department of International Development, Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Lords Spokesperson for the Departments of Education, Health and Welfare and Pensions and Lords Spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, International Development and the Government Equalities Office.

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