TIRUCHI: “A first class nation for world class education” was the slogan that won a local student a laptop in the Education UK Slogan Contest conducted by British Council.
B. Kanagavalli, a student of Cauvery College, who drafted the slogan, beat 12,000 participants of the contest. Top 100 entries were picked out and winners were felicitated at the function held here on Friday.
Speaking on sidelines of the prize distribution of the contest, Deputy Director, South India, Kartar Singh said the 20-hours-a-week working time at UK and two years of working permit after completing the education has boosted the takers of management courses.
“There is a lot of aspiration among youngsters in tier II cities when it comes to studying abroad. British Council reaches out to these people through workshops and seminars.”
With just four centres and nine libraries across the country, the Council has no immediate plans to expand their centres into other cities. But its activities would be centred around second tier cities, Mr. Singh told The Hindu. Schools top the agenda of the Council, where a series of workshop would be conducted to detail on the undergraduate programmes offered in UK. The workshops on spoken English, workplace etiquette, teaching speaking and reading skills, creating writing and arts and crafts, which are a hit with metropolises, would be introduced in other cities too.
Cost of education, he said, was no deterrent for the students to pursue their education, especially management programmes, in the UK.
“MBA degrees in India too come at a very high cost. The part-time working culture has helped Indian students gain extra money to travel back to their country during vacation.” Also, the quality of education and lucrative job offers in the same country allures many youngsters to sign in for the programmes, he said.
Addressing the winners, Mr. Singh said a number of colleges in Tiruchi have signed MoUs with UK universities. Programmes offered by the British Council will help both teachers and students gain confidence through tuning their English-speaking skills.
In his special address, Principal of Bishop Heber College M. Marcus Diepen Boominathan observed that British Council has strengthened ties between India and UK. It served as a window to the educational opportunities available in Britain.
The UK, he said, was a student-friendly educational destination and students must come forward for education and career prospects in the country.
Manager, Education UK (South India) Nim Bahadur offered felicitations.
Two runners-up – R. Sunil Krishnan from Sairam Medical College, Chennai, and G. Tamilkumaran from Mookambigai College of Engineering – were given iPods and the rest were awarded wrist watches.