Staff Reporter

Eight students from India will receive Rs.3 lakh each towards tuition fee.

KOCHI: British Council has come up with a unique offer for Indian students planning to study overseas.

In line with its mission to promote the global sharing of knowledge and ideas, the British Council will select eight students from India, each of whom will receive an award of Rs. 3 lakh towards the cost of tuition fees.

The initiative is part of the British Council IELTS scholarship for Indian students planning to study at universities overseas.

Nim Bahadur, Manager Education U.K. (South India), British Council, said that students who would like to apply for the scholarship need to take an IELTS test with the British Council and receive their scores.

The last date for completed applications is July, 31.

Forty applicants will be short-listed. They will be required to make a ten minute presentation on a topic that will be communicated, followed by a brief interview.

Mr. Bahadur said that the council should receive from the short-listed applicants a letter of acceptance from the university they plan to attend prior to August, 20. Failure to submit their letter of acceptance by the August 20 deadline will result in the immediate removal from the short-list of applicants.

The council will notify all short-listed applicants of the final result by email by August 31.

The applicants should begin full-time postgraduate study outside India in 2010. They need to attend a higher education institution that accepts IELTS as part of its admission requirements besides having a valid IELTS score, with a minimum band score average of 6.5.

Candidates should also have taken their most recent IELTS test with the British Council and be able to provide an acceptance letter from the attending institution by August 20.

More details about the scholarship programme can be had from www.ielts. britishcouncil. php.