New Delhi: UK’s Cambridge University has launched scholarships for Indian students applying to its undergraduate courses. The scholarship programme, named after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, can fund up to 10 undergraduate students. Alison Richard, the university’s vice-chancellor, said the scholarships will be awarded to those students who gain admission to any of the university’s colleges, or its collective pool, but cannot finance their studies. ”Last year, we heard it over and over from alumni that Cambridge needs to find more financial assistance for Indian students,” said Richard, referring to her meetings with Cambridge alumni in India.
The 1.5 million pound fund supporting these scholarships has recieved money from Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynn Forrester de Rothschild thorugh the Eranda Foundation and India’s Sunil Mittal through the Bharti Foundation. Cambridge Assessment, a department of the university which conducts school board-level examinations, also contributed funds.
Cambridge University also has a post-graduate scholarship programme for Indian students. Richard said 3 Indian students are studying in Cambridge’s post-graduate programmes with the hlep of these scholarships.