Chevening - CPR Parliamentarians' Fellowship Programme with Oxford University - 2012


2012 Group at Oxford University

The second Chevening – CPR Parliamentarians'Fellowship Programme commenced on October 14, 2012 led by Professor Stephen Whitefield, Academic Director; Mr. Richard Briant Programme Director; and Ms. Genevieve J. Garrido, Programme Manager.

The objective of this one week programme is to expose the Indian Parliamentarians to the best of UK's higher education and provide  insight and research on priority issues for India. During the visit, the group of parliamentarians also meet the top opinion former and decision makers of the UK in a wide range of fields to exchange ideas, solutions and develop future networks and contacts.

Academic presentations ranged from parliamentary ethics to climate change, from China to the US, and from extremist parties and scepticism within Europe to the importance of emerging global powers.  Broad themes of 21st Century Challenges, Climate Change and Global Governance were discussed while other talks focussed on specific issues including Indian foreign investment flows (in both directions) and leadership styles.

Individual tutorials provided the MPs with an opportunity to explore their personal interests and to experience Oxford’s tutorial system.

The delegation also met with members of the Indo-British APPG and other prominent UK parliamentarians to discuss UK-India relations, trade and parliamentary relations. Members also examined parliamentary practice and procedure, with specific focus on the role of select committees, the relationship between Parliament and the media and challenges for new and young parliamentarians.

Following the discussions the Members also viewed proceedings in the House of Commons and House of Lords Chambers.