Indian Institute of Technology

Oral Answers to Questions — Technical Co-Operation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Tom Bradley Mr Tom Bradley , Leicester North East 12:00 am, 30th July 1964

asked the Secretary for Technical Co-operation how much assistance, in terms of money and number of teaching staff, has been provided to the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

Up to 30th June, 1964, the cost had amounted to £440,000 of which £363,000 came from British public funds and £77,000 from the Trust Fund established by British industry to provide British equipment. Eight British teaching staff are now serving, and five other British staff have been appointed to advise the Institute and to supervise workshops.

Photo of Mr Tom Bradley Mr Tom Bradley , Leicester North East

Whilst thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask whether he can say that it is his intention to continue to provide assistance to this Institute?

Photo of Mr Robert Carr Mr Robert Carr , Mitcham

I can assure the House that it is very much our intention to go on providing assistance. To take the example of equipment, the Indian Government and authorities know that when we started on this project with them we allocated £650,000 for equipment. Only £363,000 has yet been supplied. I should like to pay tribute to the great part played by British industry, because I believe that it is going to find at least half that sum.