For Plus 2 Students
Five lucky Indian students will get the opportunity to study in
British universities free of cost if they manage to win a new reality
TV show. The undergraduate scholarships are worth up to £45,000 each
and cover three years of tuition fees, plus grants for accommodation,
food and even some money to enjoy life. The winners will also have the
option of a one-year work placement in the UK after they have graduated.
The reality show Scholar Hunt: Destination UK made by NDTV and
sponsored by Airtel, launched its website on Wednesday. Students can
apply for the show later this month.
While thousands of applications are expected, they will be narrowed
down to 400 to ensure that they meet UK university entry standards and
an online test. The top 400 will then be narrowed down further to the
final 20 in each subject by exams and interviews. The final 20 will
then participate in the live show
testing contestants subject by subject.
The five scholarships on offer are to study management at Leeds
University, biomedical sciences at Sheffield, computing science at
Middlesex, journalism and media at Cardiff and engineering at Warwick.
While fees vary according to universities, the average cost of
studying in Britain for a foreign student is about £9,000 a year and
£6,600 for living expenses for the same period.
Due to the hefty fees that foreign students bring in, British
universities have been wooing Indian students to come and study at
their institutions. The vice-chancellor of Leeds University, Professor
Michael Arthur, said Leeds had strong links with India. The business
school has about 70 Indian students, mostly graduates. "This
scholarship, and the novel way it's being run, will help Leeds raise
its profile further in India and show potential students just how much
the university has to offer," he told The
The reality show goes live in July and will be aired twice a week in
India and the UK. The winners will be ready to take their place at
university when the next academic year begins in October. The
programme will continue till November as they follow the students
settling into their new universities.
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