Anglo-Indian ties will also be strengthened in science and technology, and defence. The UK has already agreed to a mammoth £1billion pre-trade deal – described by International Trade Secretary Lizz Truss as a “win-win” – with the South Asian Superpower that will secure 6,500 new jobs here.
Furthermore, the two nations have signed an agreement allowing young UK and Indian nationals to work and live in each other’s countries.
Following a virtual meeting with the Indian leader yesterday Mr Johnson said: “The UK and India share many fundamental values. The UK is one of the oldest democracies, and India is the world’s largest.
“We are both committed members of the Commonwealth. And there is a living bridge uniting the people of our countries.
“In the last week the British people have stepped up in their thousands to support our Indian friends during this terrible time in a demonstration of the deep connection between the UK and India.
“This connection will only grow over the next decade as we do more together to tackle the world’s biggest problems and make life better for our people. The agreements we have made today mark the beginning of a new era in the UK-India relationship.”
Home Officials said the migration agreement signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also addressed long-standing problems of illegal migration from India to the UK.
Under its terms young professionals aged 18 to 30 will be able to work and live in the other country for up to 24 months.
The Home Office said that the professional and cultural exchange programme would work similarly to current youth mobility schemes, with India being the first visa national country to benefit.
Miss Patel said: “This landmark agreement with our close partners in the government of India will provide new opportunities to thousands of young people in the UK and India seeking to live, work and experience each other’s cultures.
“This agreement will also ensure that the British Government can remove those with no right to be in the UK more easily and crack down on those abusing our system.”