HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014
King’s College holds Delhi Summer School
Gauri Kohli, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 18, 2014
First Published: 12:37 IST(18/6/2014)
Last Updated: 12:40 IST(18/6/2014)

Are you interested in spending some fruitful time during your summer break that also gives you a feel of international education? King’s College London, one of the top 20 institutions in the world, is holding its summer programmes in Delhi.

Since 2009, the London Summer School has been popular with a unique selection of summer courses on offer. “From literature and politics to law and health, students from all over the world have come to King’s to expand or enhance their current field of study. Each year, we have a number of students from the India Summer Schools (held in Mumbai and Delhi) who are awarded scholarships to participate in the London Summer School. This year, we will have over 40 scholarship recipients from the India Summer Schools who will be travelling to London to participate in session two of the London Summer School from July 28 to August 15,” says Aditya Malkani, acting country head (India) King’s College London.

King’s Summer School Delhi is being conducted currently and will continue till June 27, 2014. Classes are held at Miranda House and at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, both affiliated to Delhi University. Courses cover international relations, international political economy, media, gender and culture, and the art of leadership.

Malkani believes that this is a good option for those who find it tough to enrol in summer courses at foreign universities owing to factors such as money and logistics. “The Summer Schools in Delhi and Mumbai are available to students at around one fifth of the London fee, which makes it a very affordable option for students close to home. The feedback received for session one has been very positive with students having benefited tremendously from the rich course content and unique teaching methods adopted by the tutors. Many of them are looking forward to the sessions next year,” adds Malkani. 

King’s College will also hold a Summer School in London from July 7 to August 15, 2014, offering study options for three or six weeks. It offers courses in the fields of law, management, health, social science and the arts and is a great opportunity for students to get an international experience. King’s will also be running a residential Winter School for pre-university students, which is students in their final year of high school at the Doon School in India, Dehradun, from December 8 to December 19, 2014. Students may contact for more information.

The Mumbai Summer School  functioned during April 2014 and included courses in international commercial law, films, marketing management, managing innovation and international political economy. Students also attended a round table event with speakers from the Observer Foundation in India, the South African High Commission and The Consul General of Brazil as part of the course BRICS & the Global Order.

Michael Bedward, faculty member at King’s College, who taught international political economy at the King’s Mumbai Summer School 2014, says: ‘It was a truly enriching experience for all the tutors delivering on the Summer School. I was encouraged by the number of students who enthusiastically engaged with a range of non-traditional courses that we hope expanded their world view.”

Indian students who have been part of last year’s summer schools say that it was a great experience. “The tutor connected theories to real life examples with such ease that none of us had any doubts about the concepts. A round of discussions and group activities also ensured that we could relate these academic concepts to media texts,” says Snigdha Roy, of King’s Mumbai Summer School 2013, who studied media gender and culture.

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