London: Anuj Bidve`s alma mater, Lancaster
University is setting up a scholarship in memory of the Indian
student whose killing in an unprovoked attack in the UK evoked
widespread sympathy and outrage.
"The scholarship is a fitting and lasting way of
remembering Anuj, who was an outstanding student," said
Lancaster University`s vice-chancellor Professor Mark E Smith.
Bidve, 23, was studying engineering at Lancaster when he
was killed in Salford on December 26.
The annual scholarship will fund an engineering MSc for a
student graduating from the University of Pune in India, where
Bidve studied. The scholarship, which is for fees and
accommodation, has been agreed in line with the wishes of
Bidve`s family, the BBC reported.
The university said it hoped the first student to receive
the award would come to Lancaster in October 2012.
Bidve was on a visit to Manchester with a group of
university friends when he was shot in the head at close range
as he walked along Ordsall Lane. He is due to appear at
Manchester Crown Court in March.
A 20-year-old youth called "Psycho Stapleton" has been
charged with Anuj`s murder and remanded in custody until a
plea and case management hearing on March 20.
Three other people arrested on suspicion of Anuj`s murder
have been granted bail until March pending further inquiries.
A fourth man, aged 19, had his bail cancelled.
Bidve, a postgraduate student of Microelectronics at the
university, was shot in the head at close range, a day after
Christmas, as he walked along Ordsall Lane with friends in