Punjab, UK to collaborate to address IT, Cyber crime related issues

Chandigarh/July 3
Punjab and UK government will collaborate to redress the issues related to IT sector and Cyber crime.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal after a meeting with British Deputy High Commissioner David Lelliott said that UK officials has shown keen interest in setting up joint ventures in Education, Skill development training, Retail, Transport and agro-sector activities.
Badal said that David Lelliott had offered to initiate joint efforts to redress the issues related to IT sector and Cyber crime and he directed the Police and IT departments to work out a meaningful action program in this regard.
David who was accompanied by Senior Trade and Investment Adviser to British Trade Office at Chandigarh Tanisha Thiara, offered to start collaborative ventures with the state Government of Mutual interests and benefits.
David informed the Chief Minister that various universities in the United Kingdom had signed several MoUs with IIT Ropar for partnership in research works and teaching programm and now they were looking to initiate skill development training program for generating skilled work force for the various trades. Further, British Council will initiate joint venture with two Community Colleges of the state at Jalandhar and Bathinda.
The Chief Minister desired for a serious and meaningful cooperation with UK, especially in Education and Skill development training. Badal apprised the British Deputy High Commissioner that their Government had launched a health care program to combat cancer by establishing a network of well-equipped Cancer Treatment Hospitals in the state and asked the UK government to provide technical support in this regard which would be a great service towards the people inflicted with cancer. Likewise in the field of Education the state government had initiated special program to provide quality education free of cost to the brilliant rural students with poor background.
Badal impressed upon David to plan teacher exchange program under which the state government would make arrangements for the boarding and lodging of the interested retire teachers from UK to visit Punjab to impart training to our teachers.