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401 scholarships for Indian students this year: British Council

PTI November 21, 2014 14:59 IST

Lucknow: British Council today announced 401 scholarships for Indian students this year as part of its Great Britain campaign.

“The UK and India share a well established broad-ranging and expanding partnership on education. Towards this, it has announced the Great Britain scholarships-India 2015 under which 401 scholarships would be provided this year to Indian students,” Director Operation British Council, India, Gillian Caldicott said here.

With 401 scholarships this year and over 750 in the last two years, this is the largest scholarships programme offered to Indian students. The scholarships are worth almost 1.51 million pounds, he said.

“We are keen to encourage greater student mobility and exchanges between India and the UK. UK welcomes India's best talent to gain internationally recognised qualifications from top ranking global institutions,” Caldicott said.  

On the occasion, Minister Counsellor (Political and Press) Andrew Soper said the fact that 84 per cent of Indian students who applied for visas in 2013 were successful clearly shows that we welcome Indian students in our universities.  

British Council has also announced a new programme called ‘Generation UK' which aims to bring upto 25,000 UK students to India over the next five years, he added.