‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

As we publish a report assessing disability in Pakistan today, the British Council's Dee Lowry hears from Abia Akram and others about what it's like to live as a person with disability* in Pakistan, and examines how the report can shape future policies and discussions.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

'The arts change lives, free the spirit and build confidence in many ways.' Photo of Claire Cunningham at DaDaFest 2008 by Jon Stone, used with permission.

How can the arts change perceptions of what D/deaf and disabled people can do? Ruth Gould offers answers from her experience as artistic director of DaDaFest and chair of the commission panel for the Unlimited festival, which shows work by disabled artists and runs from 2-7 September 2014 at London's Southbank Centre.

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

Following last week's launch of the Times Higher Education magazine's Asia University Rankings 2014 at a policy dialogue, and ahead of another event on higher education statistics in New Delhi next week, the British Council's Indranil Ghosh explains India's ambitions.

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

Match between All Stars DOSTI Karachi Team and Team Pakistan. Photo: Omer Farooq; copyright: British Council

A football programme has helped Pakistani children leave behind a life of drugs and beatings. Former street children Meher, Rajab and Awais speak here about how they turned their lives around through the British Council's DOSTI project (Developing and Organising Social Transformation Initiatives -- the acronym means 'friendship' in Urdu).

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

'India will soon overtake China as the largest population in the world.' Photo by McKay Savage under Creative Commons licence.

This Sunday, 15 June, the British Council will present its 'Understanding India' research, which spells out the challenges and opportunities that British universities should know about when working with their Indian counterparts. Manjula Rao of the British Council in India explains.