Britain is going to offer 60 new scholarships in India this year, UK prime minister David Cameron announced last week. The students will receive full funding for a one-year master’s course in business, administration, manufacturing, science or technology in the UK, beginning September.
The awards will be open to ‘exceptional talent’ from all across India. The “scheme aims to include students from every Indian state among the awardees”. Authorities expect more than a thousand applications, with several rounds of selection. The British Council- and UK Government-funded awards have been launched as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Rob Lynes, director, British Council India, said, “We’re delighted that we’re able to offer this opportunity for 60 Indian scholars to study in the UK. A scholarship is a fitting way to mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, as it is the creation of new opportunity — not just for the student, but for the host institution to benefit from Indian perspectives and ideas, for new friendships to be made and new links to be created and fostered between our two countries.”