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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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The Kerala government’s dream programme to raise money from its diaspora through “chitties”, or a chit fund scheme launched by state-run Kerala State Financial Enterprise (KSFE), will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in UAE next month, Finance Minister Thomas Issac said on Monday.

In an interaction with editors of the Kerala media, he said all the requisite permissions have been obtained from all authorities.

“This programme was initiated by the previous UDF government and the permission to go ahead came at its fag end. After we came to power, we took this forward and all permissions and sanctions are ready and all those diaspora who wish to participate in it can join,” said Issac.

“On June 12, Vijayan will launch the registration process and all those who wish to enter the scheme can register in the KSFE site. Once Vijayan launches the programme in UAE, next month, the chitty scheme will be open,” he added.

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KSFE Chairman Philipose Thomas said to start with, those who wish to participate can contribute monthly as low as Rs 3,000 to a high of Rs 25,000.

“The duration of the chitty given the nature of the job scenario in the Middle East is kept from a minimum of 30 months to a maximum of 60 months. Once a diaspora member joins he can pay the monthly contribution through his non-resident ordinary account and at the end of the chitty term, the payment will be made to his non-resident ordinary account,” he said.

“The programme enables each person who joins the chitty to complete every process online, which includes even bidding, and at the end of the period, the money will be credited into their bank account. Every aspect of the online process has been tested,” said Unni Krishnan who heads the technology division of the chitty scheme.

The entire programme is being handled by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board, a government-owned financial institution meant to mobilize funds for infrastructure development outside state revenue.

Its Chief Executive K.M. Abraham, who is a former state Chief Secretary, said that no one needs to donate anything, but only to join a chitty where the money collected will be deposited in bonds and used for the state’s development needs.

“At the end of the chitty, it’s a win-win situation for both the person who joined the chitty and for the state government,” he added.

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According to the latest study report on the diaspora, 90 per cent of 23.63 lakh Keralites aboard are in the various Middle East countries, of which UAE accounts for 38.7 per cent, followed by Saudi Arabia with 25.2 per cent. (IANS)