GUWAHATI, March 23: One hundred Indian women, including six from the Northeast, have been awarded British Council 70th Anniversary Scholarships to mark the organization’s 70th anniversary in India. Three candidates from Assam are in the list.
The 70th Anniversary Scholarships, which are the first British Council scholarship programme solely for women, cover tuition fees for a one-year Master’s course in science, technology, engineering or mathematics during the academic year 2018-19. The scholars attended an award ceremony at the British Council on March 17.
Out of 100 Indian women, six women from the Northeast India – Tauhida Mazumdar (M.Sc in Construction Project Magement-Heriot Watt University), Aditi Kaushik (M. Sc in Medical Science- The University of Sheffield) & Moorcha Das (M.Sc in Electronics & Electrical Engineering Magement- University of Glasgow) from Guwahati, Mousumi Baruah from Jorhat (M.Sc in chemical Research-University of Reading), Dipanju Buragohain from Sivasagar (M. Sc in Environmental Sciences-University of Southampton) and Bishalta Pradhan from Gangtok (Sikkim) – have been awarded the British Council Master’s Scholarships across India.
The investment in women scholars supports Prime Minister Modi’s shift to women-led development and the British Council’s own focus on women and girls and Sustaible Development Goal 5. It is also part of the organization’s drive to partner the economic growth and knowledge ambitions of States across India. The programme, worth almost INR 18 crore, is the organization’s largest investment in a scholarship programme in India.
The 100 scholars will be attending 44 British universities in all corners of the country, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK is a global leader in quality research and the scholarships will offer the women the chance to work in world-class research environments and collaborate in intertiol research teams.
The scholars were the centerpiece of an Inspired by India weekend at the British Council which saw the capital swaying to musicians from across India, as part of a year-long programme to mark its 70th year in India and to thank India for 70 inspiring years.