Noida 29th September 2018: India Director of British Council, Alan Gemmell OBE on Thursday said last year, the council had awarded scholarships to 500 Indian students under academic semester exchange programmes run by 44 UK-based universities. It encouraged the global education exposure in India remarkably.
Among the 500 students, there were 105 female students including six from North east region who have availed the scholarships from council to pursue their education in the UK so far.
The director stated, “We are hopeful that more students from Arunachal and other states of the north east will avail the scholarships being provided by the Council.” He also added that the stats of previous 5 years say that there is a significant rise in the number of visa applications by Indian students to study in the UK.
These figures loudly say that Indian students see the UK Universities as the best place to pursue their higher education. He also mentioned that British Council India has entered into its 70th anniversary in India in 2018. 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,” the director said.
According to him, the mission of British Council is to inspire the people of India and the UK to make this bond stronger for the next 7 decades.
The council will sign an MoU with North Eastern Council (NEC) in the next month and it will be about imparting English training for the teachers in that region. Also, the conclave of North East education ministers in New Delhi in collaboration with NEC is proposed soon.
The prime objective of this conclave will be to provide a platform to education ministers of different regions to discuss the issues in education sector and solutions to them.
British Council has English training of teachers in government school on top of their agenda and the figures of last 10 years say that over one million teachers have been provided training.
As per the words exchanged by British Council Director, the organization is focusing on up-skilling the teachers of government schools in North east region of India.
Alan also expressed his concern about encouraging the North East artists in the cultural field. The council released a video album that featured 12 artists from North east region and Tashi Lama from Arunachal also performed in the same.
In the pursuit to celebrate seven decades in India, the council has decided to sponsor Nubya Garcia, a London- based saxophonist and composer. He will hit the stage with his performance in Ziro Music Festival.