British Council announces Rs 8.38 cr scholarships for Indian students

With an aim to attract more Indian students to pursue higher education in the United Kingdom, the British Council announced Great Scholarships 2017 worth Rs 8.38 crore in Hyderabad on Monday.

As part of the ‘Great Britain’ campaign, the council has come up with a new proposition ‘Study UK: Discover You’ wherein students can avail of 198 Great Scholarships in subject areas ranging from art and design to engineering, to law and management. A total pf 29 under-graduate and 169 post-graduate scholarships will be provided in various fields.

The new proposition focuses on the experiences, knowledge and confidence that students can gain from UK study, whether in the UK or overseas, or through distance learning, online provision and other models. For students to explore options, the British Council is set to host an exhibition on Study UK: Discover You in Hyderabad at Hotel Taj Vivanta, Begumpet on February 7 from 2 to 7 pm wherein representatives from 20 UK universities will be available to resolve queries.

Students can get all their questions answered on course choices, visas, applications, scholarships and more. Moreover, students can also benefit from career seminars on MBA, IT, and engineering, manufacturing coupled with insightful sessions by experts on student visas.

Participating universities in the Hyderabad exhibition are University of Arts, London, Aston University, Edinburgh Napier University, Middlesex University, Kingston University, University of Warwick, London Metropolitan University, University of Bristol among many others.

Apart from this, a mobile app has also been launched by the British council on the Study UK: Discover You exhibition 2017 where students and parents can plan their visit to the exhibition effectively. The app contains all necessary information about the UK-based institutions. “The UK hosts four of the top 10 universities in the world. Visas issued to Indian students has seen an increase of six per cent in the last three quarters as compared to the previous year. Nearly 20,000 students from India visit UK for higher studies every year,” said Mei-kwei Barker, Director of British Council, South India.

Explaining further about the Chevening scholarship, British government’s flagship programme, Andrew McCallister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad said, “The number of applications that we get for Chevening are not enough. Chevening is mostly for mid-level and senior level professionals who can visit UK and get an opportunity to learn in various fields for a period of two to three months.”