Scottish University Awards Scholarships to Indian Orphanage

Edinburgh Napier University has awarded more than £20,000 to an Indian orphanage.

The money, donated by professor George Stonehouse, dean of the University’s Business School and Indian – born businesswoman Vin Murria, was given to St Mary’s Day School and Orphanage, Kolkata at the University’s Indian graduation ceremony.

It is the second time the university has made such a donation – last year the funding allowed St Mary’s students Cain Gomes and Asif Ahmed to study BA Hospitality Management in Edinburgh.

This time round, the funding is to be used either to provide similar places for two other St Mary’s students or to support Cain and Asif through their 4th, honours year at the university. The scholarships were handed over to St Mary’s on 25th September, 2013 at the International Institute of Hotel Management ( IIHM ), Kolkata.

The ceremony also recognised 2nd year IIHM student Aman Kumar Singh who received the Professor Dame Joan Stringer Award, set up by Edinburgh Napier’s former Principal, after achieving the highest marks in his year. As a result, Aman will have his third year fees ( £764 ) waived.

270 students will graduate with Edinburgh Napier University qualifications in India this week. The university offers hospitality courses at IIHM in Kolkata and Delhi as well as at the Institute of Advanced Management ( IAM ) in Kolkata and Goa.

The scholarships, along with £350 which was raised by Cain and Asif after they completed a sponsored walk and a further gift of £2,000 from professor Stonehouse on behalf of The Business School, were awarded to St Mary’s by Edinburgh Napier’s principal professor Andrea Nolan.

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