London School of Economics announces 50 new Scholarships for Indians 2013
The London School of Economics and Political Science ( LSE ) has announced 50 new scholarships for post – graduate Indian students as part of Briton’s efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation in education and research.
The LSE India Scholarships and a major collaborative research programme on gender equality in the country were announced during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ongoing visit to India.
The LSE scholarships will enable more students from India to study for a Master’s degree at the prestigious London – based British university from this year.
The awards will range from £ 3,000 to £ 32,000, depending on financial need and are open to all Indian students who hold an offer of a place on an LSE Master’s programme by 30th April, 2013.
“LSE has enjoyed a strong relationship with India for over a century. This has included welcoming thousands of Indian students to study at the School during this time.
“We want to ensure that LSE’s doors are open to all talented students, regardless of financial circumstances, and are delighted to cement this relationship further by offering 50 scholarships, for graduate study, for students from India,” said LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, who is part of the delegation accompanying Cameron during ongoing India visit.
He seeks to reiterate Cameron’s message that Indian students are “incredibly welcome” to study and work in the UK.
LSE enrols between 300 and 400 Indian students each year, with the majority of these students registered onto post – graduate programmes.
The School has also announced a collaborative research programme on gender equality in India with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences ( TISS ) in Mumbai.
LSE’s tie up with TISS is supported by the Jamsetji Tata Trust, which has provided £ 1.8 million to fund joint research projects since 2007.
They now plan to extend their collaboration with a focus on women’s issues and support a joint programme of research, advocacy and action to create a safe and enabling environment towards achieving gender equality in India.
“No issue is more important than gender equality as we work to bring research – based knowledge to major social challenges. We are delighted to continue our partnership with TISS and the Tata Trust,” Prof Calhoun said.
“This is an exciting development that promises to shed light on a vital area of social policy in India. The partnership between LSE and TISS has already proved fruitful and it is encouraging that it can now be developed further,” TISS Director Prof Parasuraman added.
Applications for Scholarship can be submitted Online
As a sequel to the Namakkal scandal in disbursal of scholarship to students in the middle of last year, the manual system of submission of applications by SC higher secondary students for post – matric scholarship will be dispensed with.
This will come into effect from the next academic year, a government official says, adding that only online submission of applications will be allowed.
( An official probe in Namakkal district revealed that 1,016 out of 2,700 applicants were found to be genuine. They had applied for a pre – matric scholarship scheme meant for children of those engaged in unclean occupation. As many as 79 officials including 77 headmasters of schools were suspended, of whom 67 headmasters have now been re – instated ).
Approximately, two lakh SC higher secondary students in government, government-aided and unaided private schools are given the post – matric scholarship. Besides, four lakh students, pursuing higher education, are covered under the scheme, the official says.
At present, in respect of the students doing arts and science courses or professional courses, only online submission of applications is permitted. Pointing out that a software programme is being developed for the school students, the official says that the entire task of implementing the proposed steps will have to be done jointly by School Education and Adi – Dravidar Welfare Departments. In the aftermath of the Namakkal scandal, the School Education Department is also impressing upon its officials the need for opening of bank accounts by students who receive scholarships.
According to official data, around 1.8 lakh higher secondary students in 3,288 schools have been sanctioned around 46.5 crore. As for students pursuing higher education, around 2.7 lakh students in about 3,000 institutions have been sanctioned around 203 crore.
The official says that this year, the total amount of expenditure is likely to go up to 500 crore. Last year, it was around 360 crore. The increase has been attributed to a host of factors such as liberalised norms and enlarged coverage in terms of courses.
Merit scholarships for 146
The public sector Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam ( SJVN ) on 9th February, 2013 awarded merit scholarships to 146 students and powered wheelchairs to some muscular dystrophy patients to mark the company’s silver jubilee.
Chairman & Managing Director R. P. Singh awarded scholarships of 24,000 each per year to the meritorious students from Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The toppers belong mainly to Class XII in various government schools of both States.
The SJVN Foundation also distributed nine high – quality powered wheelchairs to the patients of muscular dystrophy. These were provided through the Indian Association of Muscular Dystrophy, a non-government organisation working for people with muscular dystrophy.
Mr. Singh promised full support to the integrated centre for muscular dystrophy, a project envisaged by the Indian Association of Muscular Dystrophy.
TIME conducts National Level Scholarship Test 2013
Triumphant Institute of Management Education Private Limited ( T.I.M.E. ) will conduct a national – level scholarship test for students of classes VI, VII, VIII and IX on 27th January, 2013.
The Hindu is the media partner. A release says the Institute will test students for mathematics, physics, chemistry and reasoning. In Coimbatore, the Institute will hold the tests in R.S. Puram, Saibaba Colony and Peelamedu.
At the end of the test, the evaluators will give national ranking, city ranking and a complete analysis of performance, subject – wise. They will also give an analysis of the understanding, application, spatial and numerical skills. The release says that the objective of conducting the test is to help the students identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Those interested in registering their names can contact the T.I.M.E. office at 186, D.B. Road or over phone on 97906 – 84545 or 0422 – 4369639.
Brilliant’s Scholarship Test 2013
Brilliant Tutorials Pvt. Ltd. is conducting Brilliant’s Scholarship Test – 2013 on 27th January, 2013. A release says that the test for IIT – JEE or medical entrance examinations is conducted for the benefit of students in classes VII, VIII, IX, X and XI, who aspire for the IIT – JEE / NEET / NTSE and KVPY examinations.
The organisation will conduct the test in Coimbatore and Tirupur and also in other districts in Tamil Nadu. The objective is to equip students with the skills required for passing the examinations. The questions will be of objective type, based on the syllabus of the class the students are in. For details and to register, contact Brilliant Tutorials Pvt. Ltd., 41, Dr. Balasundaram Road, Coimbatore, or over phone on 0422 – 2242999 or 2243999.
Competitive Scholarships for Indians
The University of Kentucky has awarded three undergraduate Indian students highly competitive scholarships – one of which fully covers the tuition fee.
Freshman Ron Mathias received a scholarship covering 50 percent of the tuition fee and Abhishek Agrawal received a $ 5,000 scholarship. Harkabir Saluja was the recipient of the International Leadership Scholarship, which covers the full cost of his tuition during his undergraduate studies.
Mathias, a native of city of Mangalore, is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering and was the recipient of the International Distinction Scholarship.
“So far my time at the University of Kentucky has been great. The people here are accepting and open to new cultures and people from foreign countries. I have met a lot of international students at the orientation who share similar experiences; I connect with them well,” said Mathias.
Bangalore – born Agrawal is also a freshman and the winner of one of the International Student Scholarships. He is studying Finance. Winner of the International Leadership Scholarship covering full tuition costs, Saluja is a Freshman from New Delhi majoring in Philosophy.
In addition to the traditional financial support for graduate students and academic scholarships for undergraduate students, this year a new International Undergraduate Scholarship programme was launched.
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No Aadhaar, No Scholarship in Kerala
School children who are not enrolled in the Aadhaar scheme by 31st March, 2013 will not be given benefits including scholarships, grants, and various certificates, a government order has said.
The order issued by the Secretary, General Education, A. Ajith Kumar here recently said such children would not also be able to participate in competitions.
The order is consequent on a meeting held at the office of the Principal Secretary, Information Technology, on 10th October, 2012. At the meeting, it was announced that the government planned to link payment of welfare schemes, scholarships, and other government services to the Unique Identification Number ( UID ) by April 2014.
“On review of the ongoing enrolment process, it was observed that children enrolment has not come up to the expected level and that to promote the enrolment process, the services of headmasters of schools can be utilised to send the message across to the students that Aadhaar ( UID ) enrolment is necessary,” the order said.
The order directed all District Educational Officers, Assistant Educational Officers, and heads of institutions to take all possible steps to complete enrolment of students in areas under their jurisdiction before 31st March, 2013. The Director of Public Instruction has been asked to take action to ensure compliance with the directives.
The wording of the order has come in for criticism from the pro – Congress Government School Teachers Union. Its President J. Sasi told Press Peoples on 19th November, 2012 that it was unfortunate that the order read as though it was the fault of the children that the enrolment process was slow.
Scholarships for Higher Studies
The education department recently announced a scholarship scheme for higher studies for children of teachers and vidyasahayaks. Interestingly, only students whose family income is 25,000 per annum or less are eligible for the scholarship. This, while the salary of even a vidyasahayaks at 5,500 per month, comes to 66,000 a year.
The annual income of a government teacher is, of course, even higher. What this essentially means is that no child in the state meets the eligibility criterion. Government teachers have now submitted representations to the district collector offices all over the state. Under the scholarship scheme, child of a teacher is eligible for 15,000 per annum after clearing HSC to pursue higher studies.
“There was lot of positive response from the teaching community when the scholarship scheme was announced. However, when the teachers went to get the forms, the fine print said that only children whose parents’ annual income was not more than 25,000 were eligible.
We have requested the state education department to take steps to ensure that deserving children could take benefit of this scheme,” said Yogesh Mishra, president of the Ahmedabad City Secondary and Higher Secondary Administrative Employees Association.
Mishra said that in the past too, similar scheme was announced but the children of the teachers could not take advantage due to similar riders. “We have made representations demanding suitable changes in the scholarship scheme at the earliest so that children of teachers can get the financial support to pursue higher education”, said Nitin Pandya, a teacher.