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British Council launches exchange programme for UK students to connect with Indian culture

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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Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabrimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A counsel of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the online system, through which pilgrims register for having “darshan”.

The row erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women, whom the counsel had referred to in the list as “banned” — on account of they being of menstruating age group of 10 to 50 years — who prayed at the temple this season.

State police chief Loknath Behera on Saturday asked senior officials to revise the list, which included even the name of men, besides several of the women above 50.

State Devasom (temples) Minister Kadakampally Surendran told the media that his department has no role in the preparation of the list, while the president of the Travancore Devasom Board – custodian of the temple, A. Padmakumar said they are not responsible for this as they do not prepare statistics of the pilgrims in the temple.

Kanam Rajendran, state secretary of the Communist Party of India – the second biggest ally of the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government, said the entire responsibility of what has happened lies with the state government.

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Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala.

But the Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, the closest aide of Vijayan, defended him by saying that it is not just 51 women, but so many women have had “darshan” at the temple.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years, prayed at the Sabarimala temple.

It was after they approached the apex court seeking security for having safe “darshan” that a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the state government to arrange adequate protection for them.

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The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media.

“This goof-up reveals the abject failure of the way Vijayan is running the state,” said state BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.  (IANS)