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The British Council has also come up with the largest-ever exchange programme for the year 2017. According to which 500 students will be given scholarships to study in the UK.

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  • Out of a group of 500 students, 50 will be joining the University of Kerala for a two-week-long course in Indian Studies
  • The syllabus for the course will be designed by the faculty associated with the University itself
  • The British Council is also in talks to roll out a partnership programme with the state that aims to boast English language studies among 300 students

In an exchange programme launched by the British Council, students from the UK would soon get an opportunity to learn and understand the Indian culture through various short-term courses.

According to a report in TOI, out of a group of 500 students, 50 will be joining the University of Kerala for a two-week-long course in Indian Studies.

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Talking about the programme Alan Gemmell, director of British Council India said, “After considering the research opportunities at the University of Kerala, the programme will be launched. It will be a short-term course on Indian culture and studies. It will be a great opportunity for students in their career to get an international exposure and to understand and connect with the Indian culture.”

The syllabus for the course will be designed by the faculty associated to the University itself.

In addition, Gemmell also met the state’s chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan to discuss about a partnership programme directed to boast English language studies among 300 students in the state. The programme will help the students to improve their language skills and will also aid them to find employment after their graduation.

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The council has already conducted an Advanced Placement (AP) test for 40,000 students across the nation to shortlist some for the training programme.

It has also come up with the largest-ever exchange programme for the year 2017. According to which 500 students will be given scholarships to study in the UK.

The scholarships will be funded by Newton fund, which is an initiative taken by the Britain government “after the announcement of UK-India Year of Culture during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to London in November 2015,” reported TOI.

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Gemmel said, “The number of scholarship will be awarded as part of the Year of Culture celebration. The aim is to highlight the cultural history of the two countries and celebrate, reconnect and aspire the relationship.”

Since the fund will be conducted in partnership with Britain universities, the British council will organise a fair in November for these universities to come and participate in the exchange programme.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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Film maker Mahesh Bhatt emphasizes on celebrating diversity. Wikimedia Commons

Film maker Mahesh Bhatt and Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan on Friday stressed on celebrating India’s diversity, with the auteur also lashing out against those imposing their language on the people.

“These are dangerous times. In the age of highest connectivity we are the most divided. That’s why we need story tellers to tell stories which can bring us all together. The glue that held mankind together has withered,” Bhatt said at the inauguration of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival here.

He said it was high time filmmakers realise their responsibility to ‘whip up’ hopes of a better tomorrow, in a scenario where the “structures all around us globally are collapsing”.

“I think the story tellers must do what mamas did at home. When the house fought and children fell apart mama would bring us all together by telling us the fascinating story that kindled hope. That’s what we are celebrating here today,” he said.

Bhatt said the leaders of mankind have no solution for the problems that stare at people. “It is we film makers, we story tellers, we artists who are generous people, Who will whip out from our hearts the idea of a better tomorrow, and then point in the direction and compel people to walk in that direction”.

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King Khan expects stories that bring us together and celebrate our diversity to be made. Wikimedia Commons

Referring to ascetics Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita, he said the great seers and sages of the country had said underlined the need to ‘speak to man in his language’.

“Don’t impose your language on people. This is a great country. And its greatness lies in its diversity. Let us celebrate this diversity,” he said, adding “As long as film makers are there, as long as artists are there, we will dare to hope and defy those who tell us to speak only one language”.

Shah Rukh in his speech hoped that wonderful films with great stories would continue to be made.

“We keep on making these wonderful films, have great stories to tell, and like Bhatt sab said, stories that will bind us together, bring us together, and celebrate our diversity, instead of questioning one another’s individuality,” he added.

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Later, in her speech, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee praised Bhatt for being “very outspoken”. “When so many people are in fear, Mahesh ji expresses his mind candidly,” she said. (IANS)