Scholarship winners for entry this September have been announced. India Education Diary reports:
Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: Anglo Schools International Services Ltd (ASIS), the UK educational services company providing a gateway to elite education in British Boarding schools, has announced its Indian Scholarship Winners for 2014, the first time it has made such awards.
ASIS, which manages a Federation of top boarding schools throughout the UK, offered last year for the first time more than 7 Crore Rupees in scholarships to bright Indian pupils aged between 11 and 16 years.
The winners sat a computerised competency exam in English, Maths and General Knowledge at Pearson VUE test centres across India and were then required to complete an English essay, a verbal reasoning test and an interview with senior ASIS staff. The scholarship finalists gathered in Delhi in late April to undertake final interviews with ASIS Principal, David Boddy, and the Head teachers and admissions tutors of ASIS Federation Schools.
100% scholarships, covering all tuition and boarding fees for the duration of their education in the UK and worth estimated 2Crore rupees, were awarded to 16 year old Advik Sanyal of Mumbai, currently a pupil at Singapore International School in the city, and 13 year old Suraj Kumar, a pupil at the SRT Schools in Muzaffarpur.
Advik will attend the prestigious Kings College Taunton for his two pre-university years, and Suraj will attend the highly acclaimed St Bees School in Cumbria, UK for up to five years. Their awards were for outstanding academic excellence and all round character development.
Other schools in the Federation also made a series of generous scholarship awards. These included:
· 85% scholarship to Vajresh Balaji of Shri Nehru Vidyalaya School in Coimbatore to attend Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire; Varjesh impressed with his entrepreneurship and computer abilities.
· 75% scholarship to Anu Prashanth, an NRI now living in Japan, to attend Oswestry School, Shropshire; Anu impressed with her strong academic ability, particularly in Maths, combined with musical and artistic talents.
· 70% scholarship to Mehul Rai of Mt Carmel School, Dwarka, to attend St Bees School, Cumbria. Mehul also won an additional ASIS award, to the value of 10% of school fees, for outstanding character development and community service.
· 50% scholarships to Anshul Singh of the Lawrence School, Lovedale, Ooty, to attend St James Senior Boys’ School, London; and 50% to Ananth Palaniappan, of the Chidambrama Chettyar International School, Chennai, to attend King’s College Taunton; both candidates showed excellent all-round abilities in the academic, sports and extra-curricular areas.
A number of lower-value scholarships were also awarded and financial help given to around 20 other candidates.All award winners will take up their places in the British schools this September, the start of the UK academic year.
Commenting on the scholarship awards, ASIS Principal, David Boddy, said “ We are absolutely delighted by the quality of candidates for these awards. Many of them showed not only excellent academic abilities but strong personalities and a real desire to achieve on the international stage.
“Awards from our high schools will ensure that these young people can move into elite world-class universities, either in the UK or USA. That is a core message behind our scheme. We want to help uplift young Indians so that they can become world-class in their chosen profession and then return and serve their country and societies.
“We are certainly hoping that as many young people as possible with an international outlook will be encouraged by the success of their peers this year to compete for scholarships at our schools in 2015.”
ASIS also announces the opening of registrations for its 2015 scholarship programme. The first round of examinations for next year’s awards will take place across India from mid-November 2014 until the end of January, 2015. Interested candidates can register via www.angloschools.co.uk/registrations . A one-off exam registration fee of £250, which also serves as an entry fee to all the ASIS schools, is payable by credit card or Paypal.