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Cambridge lures Indian students

india Updated: Jan 13, 2009 00:39 IST

In a bid to seek out youngsters with the highest academic potential in the country, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, UK announced a new scholarship programme for Indian students at the undergraduate level on Monday.

Instated in the honour of Cambridge alumnus and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this scholarship is the first initiative on the varsity’s behalf to provide financial support to undergraduate Indian students. The programme, which has been launched with a corpus fund of £1.5 million, is meant for the academic year starting in 2010.

“The Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship Programme is for disciplines across the board. It is actually a need-based programme and we hope to cover expenses, which the student cannot meet. At the University of Cambridge we are looking at ramping up the total number of students under this scheme to 10 in the next two to three years,” said Vice Chancellor Alison Richard, who along with Deputy Vice Chancellor Sandra Dawson, is on a 12-day visit to the country.

The varsity already offers financial aid to Indian students at the masters level.

Launched in Delhi last year, the Manmohan Singh Postgraduate Scholarship Programme is currently supporting three Indian students at St. John’s College.