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British Council India announce Scholarship for 500 students

The British Council in India has announced that it would offer a scholarship to 500 students for an academic exchange program in the UK universities, according to a PTI report. Alan Gemmell Obe, India Director, British Council said yesterday in New Delhi the Council would give a scholarship to 500 students from India for academic exchange programme in United Kingdom universities. The British Council will provide an award to 500 Indian students for educational exchange programme in 44 UK universities this year, he said.    Obe said so far 105 women from India including six from North East have already availed scholarship from the council to study at a university in the UK.

“We are hopeful that more students from Arunachal and other states of the northeast will avail the scholarships being provided by the Council. Over the last few years, there was a significant increase in visa application by Indian students indicating that the students from India are more interested in studying in UK universities. The year 2018 marks 70 years of the British Council in India. We’ve supported the ambitions of millions of young people through our work to train over one million teachers in government schools and by investing in thousands of scholarships and academic exchanges. Our mission is to inspire people in Britain and India to build connections for the next 70-years.”

The Council, which is getting into a MoU with North Eastern Council (NEC) next month that will allow them to train teachers in the English language in the region, is planning to organise a conference of North East education ministers in New Delhi soon in partnership with NEC.   “The conclave will provide a platform for the education ministers of the region to discuss issues related to the education sector and to find out solutions,” he said.    Obe said, the council’s main focus is on English teaching to teachers in government schools and so far trained about one million teachers in the country in the last decade.  “We believe in the role of teachers in transforming education, and we want to develop real expertise working in government schools in North East,” he said.   On the cultural field, Obe noted, the council has been trying to promote artists from North East and accordingly a music video album was created where 12 artists from Northeast including Tashi Lama from Arunachal performed.    As part of 70 years celebration in India, the Council has sponsored Nubya Garcia, a London- based saxophonist and composer who will be playing at Ziro music festival, added the report.

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