Bengaluru: Britain is offering 198 scholarships collectively worth one million pounds (Rs 8.4 crore) for Indian students to study in 40 universities across Britain, Ireland and Scotland, a British Council official said on Friday.
“This is the first time Britain is offering 198 scholarships to Indian students through in subjects ranging from art and design, engineering, law and management in 40 universities,” said British Council Director Mei-kwei Barker at an event here.
Of the scholarships, 29 will be under-graduate and 169 for post-graduate courses.
The scholarships will be awarded to students who qualify for admission to the universities on merit, which is assessed on the basis of their grades at school and college levels, scores in entrance tests and International English Language Test.
“The new education is part of the great campaign and designed to promote the best of British education overseas so that Britain is the first choice for the students the world over,” asserted Baker.
The Council also organised an expo ‘Study UK: Discover You’ on Friday to generate interest in the Indian youth for pursuing higher studies in British universities, with details on its website.
“The exhibition focused on experiences, knowledge and confidence students can gain from UK study, whether in Britain or overseas, or through distance learning, online provision, and other models,” pointed out Baker.
Representatives from 50 British universities briefed several aspirants on education opportunities in Britain, on course choices, visas, applications and scholarships.
“Students at the exhibition benefited from career seminars on MBA, IT and engineering and manufacturing, with sessions by experts on visas,” noted Baker.
The Council will soon unveil a mobile app (application) on Android and iOS devices to help students and parents with information on British institutions, registering for seminars and selecting a course of choice or field of study at a specific university.
“Studying in Britain offers Indian students a world-class education, being part of an international student body and the chance to work post study, added Baker.
The British government also offers the Chevening global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth office and partner organisations.
The India programme is the world’s largest with a budget of 2.6 million pounds (Rs 21.8 crore) for 2016-17 with 130 scholarships being offered.