Vikram K. Doraiswami, the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, and Matthew Rycroft, the permanent secretary of the Home Office of the UK, have signed and exchanged letters in alliance to formalize the Young Professional Scheme at an event in London on January 9, 2023. The event was held at the High Commission of India in the UK.
The launch of the Young Professionals Scheme was conceived as part of the India-UK Migration and Mobility MoU that was signed in May 2021 and was announced at the G20 summit in November. The implementation dates and details of the scheme will be shared soon regarding the upcoming scheme. Rycroft is a diplomat who has served as Permanent Secretary of the UK at the home office since 2020.
The official Twitter account of the High Commission of India in London has tweeted, “HC @VDoraiswami and PUS Home @MatthewRycroft1 signed and exchanged the letters for formalizing the Young Professional Scheme at an event at @HCI_London today.” Further details and the implementation date will be shared soon. @MEAIndia @PIBHomeAffairs @ukhomeoffice @DoC_GoI @ANI @DDNewslive,”.
In a video message earlier in November, British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, said that Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had announced the launch of the young professional scheme at the G20 summit that was held in Bali, Indonesia, where both leaders met each other for the first time.
The Young Professionals Scheme signed between the two nations will allow graduates aged between 18 to 30 years of age to get a two-year visa to study in each other’s country and further help the youth in understanding the culture of both nations.
The British High Commissioner said in his video that this is the first time the UK has done this with a visa-national nation like India. Alex Ellis said that more of the details will be followed in the coming weeks both for the Indian scheme and the British scheme. He further added that it is a great opportunity.
Rishi Sunak is an Indian-origin Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who looks forward to this partnership with India. The United Kingdom and India have a multi-dimensional strategic partnership. When both the Prime Ministers of the UK and India met each other on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali, they discussed important sectors of collaboration, including trade, defence and security, and mobility.
Both leaders expressed satisfaction at the state of the wide-ranging India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and progress on the Roadmap for 2030 for relations in the future, according to an official statement of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).