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Updated: January 12, 2014 20:09 IST

Cambridge in India

Uthra Nagarajan
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William Bickerdike
The Hindu
William Bickerdike

Cambridge International Examinations offers good scope for Indian students with the introduction of new subjects and its March exam series

Cambridge Examinations’ ties with Indian institutions dates back to more than a century. With new subjects being offered and an exam series in March 2015 on the cards, Cambridge International Examinations has quite a few plans.

“The diversity of education and competition within Indian education is an engine for progress and change,” says William Bickerdike, Regional Manager - South Asia, Cambridge International Examinations. “In India, young people are highly motivated to acquire quality education and qualifications, and students receive a high level of family support.”

Popular in the south

India is not a new arena for Cambridge as William points out and one of the very first schools to enter the Cambridge Examinations was located in south India. India has over 330 schools, which provide Cambridge qualifications. “Cambridge programmes and qualifications have grown in popularity across the country, including the south,” observes William. “We see particularly high take up of our qualifications in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.”

The Cambridge qualification programme in India has flourished since its inception. A milestone was achieved when Sanskaar Valley School, an educational institution in Bhopal became the 10,000th school in the world to offer Cambridge qualifications.

“We have always received a high level of interest from schools in India looking to offer a Cambridge curriculum,” says William. “This year, 27 new schools have registered with Cambridge and we expect this trend to continue in 2014.”

With an aim to help the students in equipping themselves for college admissions, Cambridge has also come up with a March Exam Series in 2015.

“The goal of the new March exam series, which we are offering specifically for schools in India, is to ensure that students receive their results for Cambridge exams in time for Indian college and university admissions,” he concludes.

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