WEST Notts College principal Asha Khemha OBE has flown to India to help Prime Minister David Cameron promote trade in the thriving county.
Mrs Khemka, who is also a chief executive at West Notts College, joined other leading business figures from across Britain as part of the largest ever trade delegation to jet out to India.
The visit is part of a Government’s drive to push British business abroad and encourage more.
Mrs Khemka said: “It is a huge honour to be involved in this important mission to India and to join such an esteemed delegation led by the Prime Minister.
“India has an ambition to create 500 million skilled technicians by 2022, which would be a challenge for any country. UK colleges can make a significant contribution to this agenda, which is what the AoC in India has been set up to support.
“Thirty-two colleges from across the UK have joined forces to lend our expertise and strengths in the development and delivery of high-quality vocational education and training in India.
“With India predicted to contribute 25 per cent of the global workforce by 2025, our close links with industrial, educational and governmental partners in India make us ideally-placed to help meet its dynamic aspirations.
“This visit sends another strong message that, as well as attracting Indian students to the UK, we have a commitment to be part of developing India’s skills infrastructure.”
In July 2007, Asha was awarded the National Jewel Award for Excellence in Healthcare and Education, in recognition of her professional achievement, personal dedication and contribution to the College sector. In May 2008, she was honoured with the Asian Women of Achievement Award.
As part of the trip, Asha and the other delegates will meet with a number of Indian Government Ministers, inward investors and businesses in both Mumbai and Delhi, as the Government seeks to link British businesses up to one of the world’s fastest growing economies, predicted to become the third largest by 2050.
The Government announced that it will support the creation of a new pan-India network of British Business Centres by 2017, the first pilot in a scheme of 20 overseas business networks, backed by £8 million of Government funding. The new business centres will offer business-led, business-backed, support to UK businesses, particularly SMEs, in India.