More In­di­ans can ben­e­fit from the LSE ad­van­tage

The Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics an­nounces new schol­ar­ships for In­di­ans and a tieup with TISS

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Aye­sha Ban­er­jee

The Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics will be giv­ing out 50 new schol­ar­ships for post­grad­u­ate In­dian stu­dents. A tie-up on gen­der equal­ity re­search with the pres­ti­gious Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences (TISS) has also been an­nounced.

Giv­ing de­tails, Craig Cal­houn, di­rec­tor of LSE, said ex­pand­ing schol­ar­ships re­flected the in­sti­tute’s goal of mak­ing LSE ed­u­ca­tion avail­able to the best and bright­est stu­dents, and mak­ing sure that fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stance was not an ob­sta­cle. “We launched this new pool of schol­ar­ships for stu­dents from In­dia to co­in­cide with the Bri­tish PM’s visit and his clar­i­fi­ca­tion of bet­ter visa poli­cies, and to make clear that we are se­ri­ous about op­por­tu­ni­ties for In­di­ans,” he said. At one time, In­dia pro­duced the largest num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ap­pli­ca­tions to LSE, “but now China has over­taken them.”

LSE has a long re­la­tion­ship with In­dia, start­ing with an im­por­tant gift from the Tata fam­ily in 1912 (fund­ing for re­search). On av­er­age, LSE re­ceives al­most 1500 ap­pli­ca­tions from each year from In­dian stu­dents and about 30% are ac­cepted. Ap­pli­ca­tions were down last year due to visa un­cer­tain­ties in the UK, some­thing that’s “hap­pily now cor­rected.”

The cri­te­ria for un­der­grad- uate ad­mis­sions have also been changed. “In­dian ap­pli­cants will be glad to know that for un­der­grad­u­ate ad­mis­sions CBSE and ICSE qual­i­fi­ca­tions are now ac­cepted as well as IB. In all cases, ap­pli­cants must meet the usual strin­gent ad­mis­sions cri­te­ria of LSE, one of Bri­tain’s most com­pet­i­tive univer­si­ties. Th­ese cri­te­ria fo­cus cen­trally on aca­demic per­for­mance. The schol­ar­ships will be awarded to ad­mit­ted ap­pli­cants based on fi­nan­cial need,” Cal­houn said. The schol­ar­ships will pay from £3000 to £32,000 based on fi­nan­cial need. The funds can cover fees for course­work and liv­ing ex­penses in con­nec­tion with any LSE masters pro­gramme. The LSE also of­fers un­der­grad­u­ate fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and fully funded PhD pro­grammes.

On the TISS agree­ment, Cal­houn said LSE had col­lab­o­rated for some years with the Tata In­sti­tute for So­cial Sciences. The next phase of this work will ad­dress the cru­cial is­sues of women’s equal­ity and gen­der re­la­tions.

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