Students aspiring to pursue higher studies in the UK can start looking for the Great Britain Scholarship – India 2015.

The British Council, which announces the Great Britain scholarships, said as many as 401 scholarship awards worth 1.51 million pounds (Rs 151 million approx) is being made available this year for varied subjects ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art and Design, and Biosciences across 57 institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A roadshow in this connection is scheduled at Vivanta by Taj Surya in Coimbatore on February 13.

Suchita Gokarn, Head Education Promotion (India), British Council, said with 401 scholarships this year and over 750 in the last two years, this would be the largest ever scholarship programme offered to Indian students.

The day-long UK education expo is being organised to provide information on undergraduate, post-graduate and research programmes in the UK and also give information on student life and culture, she said.

A recipient of the British Chevening scholarship, Gokarn says that such educational exposure is valued by employers worldwide.

“The Chevening scholarship programme is not new. It has been running in India for nearly three decades. This fully-funded scholarship is for a one-year Master's degree as also for short-term executive programmes for mid-career professionals. Over 130 scholarships are available for the 2016 academic year.”

“The UK Government will be quadrupling its funding for the Chevening scholarships for Indian students over the next two years. It is proposing to increase the investment from 0.6 million pounds in 2013-14 to 2.4 million pounds in 2015-16,” she said.

She said there would be no limit to the number of Indians going to the UK to study and stay on to work in a graduate level job after studies.

“The Council has launched Generation UK this year. This is an initiative to promote India as an educational and work experience destination. Under this programme, we hope to bring 25,000 UK students to India over the next five years. The effort aims to offer mutually beneficial placements, develop employability skills and support internationalisation of Indian companies and academic institutions.”

Answering a query, she said the footfalls at the “Great Britain” campaign is much less than the actual numbers that register themselves in UK universities.

The scholarships are tenable for September 2015 and January 2016 intakes.

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