We welcomed the first students from India to our Edgbaston Campus in 1909 to study for degrees in Mining and in Commerce. Since then we have provided education for more than 1000 Indian alumni, including high ranking government officials who study Public Policy in the International Development Department.
Our alumni network extends across India and includes someof our most famous alumni. Amongst our distinguished alumni are Dr. U. R. Ananthamurthy, acclaimed writer and critic, who was presented with the Jnanapeeth Award and recently retired as President of the Sahitya Academi and Mr Ajit Kumar Singh, Cabinet Secretary in former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.
India is developing into a major global power and the University of Birmingham will continue to be a responsible partner for India as it develops its economy and its capacity in higher education.
In 2009 we opened our representative office in New Delhi. From our base within India’s capital city, we can understand the needs and aspirations of Indian institutions, maintain partnerships with the public and private sector, support our alumni, and provide local services to those students who wish to come and study with us in the United Kingdom.
We also seek to provide opportunities for our students to discover India. To this end we have run a number of schemes, most notably a joint module for master's students in international relations offered together with the Universities of Delhi and Melbourne in Delhi each year.