Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scholarship for south Indians at Cambridge

The signing ceremony for a new long-term endowment, Pemanda Monappa Scholarship, which will guarantee one fully paid annual scholarship for south Indian students to pursue post-graduate studies at Cambridge University, was held at the British Council on March 25, 2010 at Chennai. Speaking at the function, Editor of The Hindu N. Ravi referred to the “long and glorious connection” between India and Cambridge University, an institution which has so far produced three Indian Prime Ministers, including Manmohan Singh. Mr. Ravi added that it would no longer have to be the case that "only those from the most privileged backgrounds in south India" could afford to study at one of the world's greatest universities.

The generosity of the endowment, said Michael O'Sullivan, Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, would ensure the long-term future of the scholarship. He hoped that it would “change the life of someone who will change the lives of others''. British Deputy High Commissioner Mike Nithavrianakis said that he fully supported the new programme, and praised the attitude of Indian students for placing so much importance on their education.

President of the Association of British Scholars and former bureaucrat P. M. Belliappa is responsible for establishing the new scholarship in the name of his father, Pemanda Monappa, a highly decorated police officer who served in all the four southern States. Mr. Belliappa expressed his support for the increased internationalisation of higher education and a hope that the new scholarship, in time, "would produce another Manmohan Singh''.

Source: The Hindu, March 26, 2010

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