West Notts principal joins trade mission to New Delhi

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West Notts College principal, Dame Asha Khemka, has joined deputy prime minister Nick Clegg on a three-day visit to India.

Also joining the 40-strong trade delegation is Vipul Vachhani, founder and CEO of Mansfield-based Jaivel Europe Ltd.

It is the first high-level trade mission to India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elected in May.

Beginning in New Delhi on Monday, before moving on to Mumbai and then Bangalore, Dame Asha Khemka said: “I feel proud and honoured to join this important trade mission, having been part of the Prime Ministerial delegation in India in 2013, which did much to strengthen ties between our two countries and promote British business overseas.

“The world-class vocational education and training delivered by UK colleges means we are ideally-placed to work with the Indian Government to achieve its dynamic aspirations of creating 500 million skilled workers by 2022.

“This visit enables us to develop close links with the newly-created skills development and entrepreneurship ministry under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and create mutually-beneficial partnerships with Government ministers, education and skills organisations, and industry leaders while showcasing the experience and expertise that our education and skills system has to offer.”