The prestigious British Council IELTS (International English Language Testing System) awards for the year 2015 were recently announced by the British Council.
To mark the silver jubilee year for IELTS, this edition of the awards would also see a study abroad scholarship being offered to as many as 10 Indian students.
The awards would see a total of 3.9 million INR being awarded to the students from South Asia, including students from Nepal and Bhutan.
British Council's Director Examinations India & Customer Service South Asia, Sarah Deverall was quoted saying "The British Council IELTS Awards aim to help Indian students pursue the opportunity of a higher education abroad, once they have taken the initial step of proving their English language ability with IELTS. As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for IELTS, we have increased the number of awards for Indian students from eight to ten, while for the wider SAARC region, we are now extending the awards to Nepal and Bhutan, where IELTS is also a key part of their journey to international study opportunities."
A total of 40 Indian students have been awarded with British Council IELTS awards in the past 5 years. These awards were given in a number of diverse courses, such as dramatic arts in the UK, Engineering in Germany and Law in the USA.
One of the previous winners was Bangalore's Deepika Pradyumna. She studied MSc in 'Molecular Medicine' at London's University College after being awarded the 2012's British Council IELTS award.