Dr Vikram was accompanied by Uday Dholakia OBE and Loughborough University alumnus Professor Samir Dani, who were both representing the Indo British Trade Council.
The delegation was welcomed to campus by Professor Chris Reilly, Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, and Bala Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Advanced Materials and Processing.
The delegates’ visit included tours of the University’s Advanced Ceramics Lab, the Materials Characterisation Centre and the Powertrains Test Cells, where they learnt about the University’s automotive electric vehicles and additive manufacturing research and its research relationships with industrial partners.
The visit concluded with a lunch, hosted by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Jennings, with attendees including Priyesh Patel MBE (Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire), Insp Yakub Ismail (Leicestershire Police), Jaspal Minhas (President of the Leicestershire Asian Business Association), journalist Sumeer Kalyani and Cllr Rani Mahal (Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Board Member, Broadcaster and Chair of Conservative Women's Network).
Professor Vaidhyanathan said: “The Consul General’s visit was an opportune moment for the University to strengthen ties with India for high quality academic, research and innovation collaborations.”