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IELTS offers Scholarships Worth 3 lakhs


The British Council has awarded scholarships to eight Indian students, each of whom will receive an amount of Rs 3,00,000 towards the cost of tuition fees to study overseas.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is recognised by more than 6000 institutes in 135 countries. The exam is taken by almost 1.4 million aspirants every year. All students who want to study in a foreign university need to take this test as a proof of language proficiency.


Since last year, British Council has launched the British Council IELTS Scholarship Award with the main purpose of helping Indian Students to continue their postgraduate study at any university in foreign country.


Deepika Subramaniam, head, exams marketing, British Council, said, "We have selected eight students from India, each of whom will receive an award of Rs. 3 lakh towards the cost of tuition fees."


The year eight students who have got the awards are Apeksha Harsh, Dhusyant Dar, Jharna Vipin, Pallavi Lakshmikanth, Namratha Sarmah, Rajagopal Kannadiputur Subramanian, Sayan Supratim Das and Shivangi Shah. Most of these award winners have chosen to study in UK Universities.


Subramanian said, "The 2011 IELTS scholarship attracted extremely high quality applications from across India, making the selection process even more difficult than the previous year."


Sarah Deverall, First secretary (Education Services), British Council said, "54 candidates were selected in the first round of selection process that involves submission of 300 words essay on a given topic. From this, the eight winners were selected based on the presentation they made on the topic they chose (from three topics given to them) and on a personal interview."


Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner to South India, said, "Our rigorous selection process ensures that the best minds get this award and go out of India to pursue their higher education."


He said, "The award is not just for recognition of excellence but it is also a way to bridge India-U.K. relationship. The number of Indian students going to the U.K. is strong as there are plenty of opportunities. India has a competitive education system in place and produces world-class brains. Such award encourages high-potential youth of India to excel."

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