JALUKBARI, March 17 - Bruce Bucknell, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, visited Gauhati University today and interacted with students, faculty members and research scholars of the university.
Bucknell laid emphasis on Britain and India coming forward and working together towards addressing global issues like climate change, global warming or resistance towards microbiota (antimicrobial resistance). He emphasised trade relations with India, Britain�s exit from European Union, its impact and future perspective.
He said his main work is to plan for the future, how the world will change or shape itself up till 2027. He being a diplomat has to work his way through various negotiations which help in developing relations with various countries and also develop relations of trade with them.
When asked about the opinion in general of the British society regarding the Indian community working there and what role Brexit would play in the construction and de-construction of this opinion, he replied that with Britain�s exit from the EU, it would become independent in building its trade relations. He expressed hope that the government of Great Britain would open free trade with India, generating opportunities for the people of both the countries. He also added that a changed immigration policy might come in handy for more students to opt for further studies in Britain, which would be beneficial for the British economy.
Asked about global warming and the current environmental situation, Mr Bucknell replied that India is a developing nation and is the fastest growing economy in the world, hence it has to use resources, but in accordance with the environment. He also added that over-population would be the greatest problem for India in the coming times as India�s population is expected to reach the 1.5 billion mark by 2027, thereby becoming the most populated country.
While appreciating the maiden visit of Bucknell to Gauhati University, Vice Chancellor of GU Dr Mridul Hazarika expressed gratitude to Bucknell and wished that India and the UK would always be partners for social change in the positive direction.
The programme was organised by the GU Alumni Association in collaboration with the GU Wing for International Relations.
Bruce Bucknell represents the United Kingdom in 13 Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.