The British Council is the United Kingdom's leading cultural relations organisation and India is our largest operation worldwide. In India, we operate as a division of the British High Commission and have offices in the four main metros as well as a network of nine libraries. Through our centres and programmes we promote the diversity and creativity of British society and culture. We do this by helping people to appreciate its vibrancy.
Our main goal is to build the UK's role as a leading provider of educational and cultural opportunities. We do this by promoting effective education of the English language, while building relationships with people all around the world. Worldwide we have issued nearly eight million books and videos, dealt with almost two million enquiries in our libraries and welcomed five and a half million visitors.
We have employed more than 1,900 teachers in 138 teaching centres around the world who have taught almost 1.2 million class hours. THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN INDIA We are very well established in India and in the year 2000 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our library network over here.
Our activities in India focus on: Arts Education Learning and teaching English Library and information services Our broad range of interests means that we have been able to organise over 3,000 arts events globally, more than 1,500 science events in over 60 countries and helped 13,000 young people take part in exchange projects.