Apeksha Harsh, 26, will pursue her love for the written word when she begins a Masters in Writing programme at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom this month.
Harsh is one of eight winners of the second British Council IELTS scholarships, and one of two Mumbai students to have received the scholarship.
The scholarship, worth Rs3 lakh, is awarded to students who appear for the IELTS exam that tests proficiency in English and have gained admission to universities that use the IELTS as an entry requirement.
“I’ve always wanted to write,” said Harsh, who completed her BA in English literature from SIES College, Sion and her Masters from the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. “Warwick has a great reputation and will give me the opportunity to meet a lot of people in the field,” said Harsh, who will leave for the UK in two days.
Jharana Sheth, the second Mumbai student who received the scholarship this year will be pursuing an Msc in Economics for Development at Oxford University, and has already left for the course.
“The students from Mumbai who were awarded the scholarships are both very inspiring, fascinating young women,” said Sarah Deverall, director, examinations for India at the British Council.
“People like them are going to be fabulous for the future of the country.”
The awards were given away at a ceremony in Chennai earlier this month. Other scholarship awardees were Dushyant Dar from New Delhi, Sayan Supratim Das from Chandigarh, Namrata Sarmah from Assam, Shivangi Shah from Kolkata, Rajgopal Ramasubramaniam from Chennai and Pallavi Laxmikanth from Hyderabad.