Indian High Commissioner HE Mr Rajan Mathai visits the IfM

The Institute for Manufacturing recently welcomed His Excellency Mr Ranjan Mathai, High Commissioner of India to the UK to give an address in the Babbage Lecture Series.

The lecture was particularly timely as the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Shri Narendra Modi, has recently launched a major campaign entitled “Make in India”.


Mr Mathai painted a fascinating picture of the evolution of manufacturing in India from the earliest times. He pointed out that India already has a well-developed industrial base with strong businesses in automotive, pharma and food as well as engineering. The “Make in India” initiative is designed to enhance these capabilities and also to involve more of the growing population in manufacturing activities.

Mr Mathai’s lecture helped to cement the increasingly friendly and active engagement between IfM and India. 


Mike Gregory commented: “Our recently completed UKIERI Project and our current EPSRC/DST Project exploring aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical and food supply chains in India and the UK are building ever stronger partnerships. This year we have been involved in three manufacturing events including seminars in Delhi and Bangalore and a visit by the Indian National Academy of Engineering to the Royal Academy of Engineering. We look forward to extending our partnerships with India over the coming years.”


Kate Willsher who manages IfM’s international engagements would be pleased to hear from colleagues with engagements with or interests in India.


If you would like to read a transcript of Mr Ranjan Mathai's speech please click here.

Date published

16 December 2014

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