Monday, December 09, 2013

UK unveils Rs. 100 million worth scholarship program for India

To attract more Indian students to the United Kingdom, the GREAT Britain Campaign (GREAT), today announced its "largest ever" scholarship programme for India worth almost one million Pounds (about Rs. 100 million) for the coming academic year.

Announcing the scheme, Andrew Soper, Counsellor (Prosperity), British High Commission, Delhi, told reporters in Coimbatore that there would be 370 scholarships for 260 Undergraduate and Post Graduate Course in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.

The courses offered ranged from Engineering, Law and Business to Art and Design, Biosciences and IT and the scholarship will be tenable for September 2014 and January 2015 intakes, Soper said.

Stating that there was good market and demand for higher education in India, which was growing, he said that foreign students studied in England got significantly higher salary than in any part of the globe.

Moreover, the students can continue to stay in England and can get visa to work for three years with a minimum salary of GBP 20,000 a year, which can be extended for another three years, he said.

When asked how the local students looked upon the challenge from foreign students, particularly India, Soper said that the Government has taken stringent steps to protect them, who can feel their place of study and the Nation as 'home away home'. However, there could be some isolated incidents here and there, which were common in every part of the World, he maintained.

Source: The Economic Times (Online Edition), December 9, 2013

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