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India: 60 scholarships for UK Jubilee

Sixty UK scholarships will be awarded in India this year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced earlier this month. The scholars will receive full funding for a one-year Master’s course in the UK, starting September 2012.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II is the reason for the scholarships

The scholarships, which are funded by the British Council and the UK government, will enable talented students from across India to study courses in business, administration, manufacturing, science or technology – a nod to the government’s strategy to recruit only the brightest and best international students.

“It is the creation of new opportunity – not just for the student, but for the host institution to benefit from Indian perspectives,” said Rob Lynes, the British Council’s Director in India.

“A scholarship is a fitting way to mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee, as it is the creation of new opportunity – not just for the student, but for the host institution to benefit from Indian perspectives and ideas.”

“It is the creation of new opportunity – not just for the student, but for the host institution to benefit from Indian perspectives”

The subjects available through the scheme fall into the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) category, which has seen falling UK participation in recent years – a threat to the economy and entire disciplines say some observers.

A September report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) revealed that the number of international students studying taught postgraduate STEM courses had almost doubled in eight years, while for home students the rise was just 1%.

The scholarships will be open to applicants across India with the aim to include students from every Indian state. In a statement, the British High Commission in Delhi said competition would likely be high with around 1,000 applications expected.

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