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Bournville College to set up centre in India

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A British college is to open a training centre in India, as part of plans to strengthen ties between the two countries through education.

Birmingham's Bournville College expects to open a £500,000 centre, specialising in technical education and healthcare, in Kolkata, by the end of the year.

The news was announced as part of a trade delegation to India led by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

The college said it would help develop its international reputation.

Based in Longbridge, the college attracts students from across the world and already has an office in Kolkata.

Principal Norman Cave is currently in India and was also part of a trade delegation to the country last year, led by David Cameron.

The new centre is expected to train students in basic skills to help them get a job, such as CV writing, as well as providing specialist courses.

Assistant principal Michelle Dowse said the college was "thrilled" at the chance to expand in Kolkata.

"Bournville College has had a fantastic working partnership with India over the past three years and we're incredibly excited about the concept of further enhancing our international business," she said.

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