British Council launches IELTS scholarship for Indian students



Jalandhar: In the backdrop of a decline in number of Indians opting for International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the British Council on Saturday launched a scholarship for students in the country who wish to study abroad.

The British Council will select "eight students" from India and each of them would get an award of Rs 3 lakh towards the cost of tuition fee, Kevin Mclaven, First secretary, education services, British High Commission, told reporters.

The programme is being launched in three countries simultaneously including India.

Mclaven said the award winners can start a full time post graduate programme at any overseas university which uses IELTS as part of its admission requirements.

"British Council is committed to promoting higher education links between India and UK," he added.

Devi Meghera, deputy country exam manager British Council IELTS, said that there was a drastic decline in the number of IELTS aspirants ever since Australia changed its student visa rules but did not reveal the figures.

Admitting that several fake colleges had opened in UK in the past couple of years, Vishal Bhasin, Head India Examinations Projects, claimed that nearly 14,000 such institutions have been closed in just one year.

PTI