Scotland has announced a new scholarship - 'Scotland's Saltire Scholarships 2009', to 50 young Indian professionals for postgraduate qualification in that country.
'Scotland's Saltire Scholarships 2009', is funded by the Scottish government and managed by British Council Scotland in partnership with the higher education sector in Scotland, a release in Chennai on Thursday said.
The scheme assists overseas students to undertake a 12 month postgraduate Masters level courses in Scotland .
The scholarships, each for Rs 1,43,000 (2000 GBP) were funded by the Scottish Government and matched by contributions from Scottish universities and higher education institutions.
Eighty six per cent of academic research in Scottish institutions had been judged to be internationally excellent, according to the latest independent and globally-regarded Research Assessment Exercise.
Fiona Hyslop, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Education, said, "We want to create a self-confident outward looking nation and as part of that we want to encourage the brightest and the best students to come and study".
"This investment underlines our commitment to attracting students from India and building relationships with that country in the longer term", he said.