For the sake of promoting and spreading awareness regarding education and culture, the British Council India has decided to enter into a long-term collaboration with the Bihar government. The BLISS programme is being jointly funded by the DFID and the British council and will come to an end in March 2017.
In addition, the British Council India Director has launched the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture campaign in the state capital in order to promote cultural exchange and to create educational opportunities for stronger ties between the two countries.
Director Alan Gemmell told reporters, ”I will discuss with the Education Minister Ashok Kumar Chaudhary later in the day about the ways to take forward the collaboration between the British Council of India and the Bihar government for promotion of education and culture in the state.”
The British Council, in association with the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and the Education Department of Bihar, has been successfully running the Bihar Language Initiative for Secondary Schools (BLISS) since January 2012, Gemmell said.
About the programme:
Under this programme, more than 200 teachers have been selected for a foundation programme focusing on their own language skills, interactive and communicative teaching methodologies to train them to impart a newly designated teacher training programme called ‘English for All’ in Bihar, to 3200 secondary school English teachers across the state.
On September 15, a film titled ‘All Night Long’ directed by Basil Dearden will be shown at IIT Patna.The British Council will also present five bands from the UK to perform at various venues across the country later this year, said Gemmell.