London, June 21 Leading NRI entrepreneur and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Lord Karan Bilimoria and the varsity Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Robin Mason are among the top 100 personalities who have influenced the UK-India relations.
Apart from Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, Professor Mason the others who were included in the second 'India Inc. Top 100' list, published as part of the UK-India Week 2018, are personalities from various fields from India and Britain.
The list includes personalities who had helped through arts, culture and media, politics and public life, in making the UK-India relationship successful following a research by an expert editorial team, profiling influential people in the field of arts, culture, and media.
Indian-born Lord Bilimoria, who is the founder and chairman of Cobra Beer, president of the UK Council for International Student Affairs and founding chairman of the UK-India Business Council, was named in the Top 100 in recognition of his influential role in the politics and public life, according to a statement by the University of Birmingham.
Professor Mason, who is also the Director of the University of Birmingham India Institute, was named in the Top 100 as a 'Regional Tiger': one of a number of 'India enthusiasts' who ensure Indian businesses look beyond London when considering the UK as an investment destination, it said.
Lord Bilimoria said that the collection of influential individuals reflects the breadth and depth of engagement between Britain and India – an emerging global star which can no longer be overlooked.
He said he was honoured to represent the University of Birmingham on the list and continue to advocate for ever closer ties with the UK's one of the most important global partners.
Professor Mason said that it was an honour to be named in the Top 100.
"My inclusion also serves as recognition of the University of Birmingham's deep and continued commitment to engagement with India and its people.
"We are a civic university with a global outlook, with a long-standing special bond between Birmingham and India. We created the University of Birmingham India Institute to celebrate and deepen the thriving partnerships that we have in India," he said.
He further said that a UN Global Goal of particular focus at Birmingham is 'Good Health and Well-being', and one of the India Institute's first initiatives was to host a workshop exploring ethnic diversity and the genetics of cancer.