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£2,500 scholarship for science, engg students

education Updated: Nov 23, 2011 10:42 IST
Gauri Kohli
Gauri Kohli
Hindustan Times
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Here’s some good news for engineering and science students in India. One of the UK’s top research intensive universities, Queen’s University, Belfast, has launched the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarships for Indian engineering and science students worth up to £2,500.

The first-of-its-kind scheme, open to 100 talented Indian students who wish to enrol in postgraduate engineering and science programmes at Queen’s University in 2012, will entitle each successful recipient to a £2,500 scholarship.

“Anyone who meets the entrance requirements and holds academic merit is eligible for the scholarships. They have to be qualified to do a postgraduate course,” said Trevor Newsom, international advisor to the president and vice chancellor of the university. The scholarships will be given to students for pursuing postgraduate courses in areas such as electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and chemistry.

All eligible candidates will be considered on the basis of their course application form. The last date to apply is July 31, 2012. More details are available at www.qub.ac.uk.

Bagging the scholarship would also mean other advantages for Indian students. “They will also have the benefit of studying at one of the UK’s leading science and engineering universities. This will enhance their soft skills as well as employability skills. They will have the experience of studying in a different culture and working closely with industry. It will be a life-changing experience for Indian students,” added Newsom.

Describing why the university chose to offer scholarships to students in India, Newsom said: “Indians are great thinkers with good language skills. Indian students are very talented and can make for great professionals. There’s a strong Indian community in northern Ireland and there are few Indian companies that have their presence in Ireland such as Polaris, Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies.”

With a number of engineering students going for management degrees, the university has also established a Graduate and Executive Education Centre comprising a leading management school, a unique graduate school and a custom-made leadership institute to meet the needs of global and local business.

Eligibility criteria
* Candidates must be eligible to pay overseas tuition fees (non EU)
* Candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in their studies
* Candidates must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship and their intention to enrol at Queen’s University Belfast in September 2012
* Candidates pursuing postgraduate or postgraduate research courses are eligible