Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

University Challenge meets The Apprentice in TV competition for UK scholarships

04.04.2007
Thousands of Indian teenagers are expected to compete for a University of Leeds scholarship in a new reality show about to hit TV screens across the sub-continent.

The show – Airtel Scholar Hunt: destination UK – will offer fully paid scholarships to five UK universities, including a three year undergraduate programme in management at Leeds University Business School (LUBS) – a prize worth more than £45,000 in total.

University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur, said: “Leeds has a tradition of strong links with India, being one of the first UK universities to open an office there in 1999. We also have alliances with a number of Indian institutions, including the renowned Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. This scholarship, and the novel way it’s being run, will help Leeds raise its profile further in India and show potential students just how much the University has to offer.”

The programme has been devised by India's leading television broadcaster New Delhi Television (NDTV) and is sponsored by Airtel, the largest GSM mobile service operator in India. The British High Commission in India and the British Council have also given the programme their backing.

The would-be scholars will face a series of challenges over the five competition stages, including a subject exam, an interview, quizzes and competitive tasks to test their skills and aptitude. There are strict eligibility criteria for contestants, to ensure that the University’s entrance requirements are met.

The tests are being designed by academics from Leeds University Business School and Edexcel. Representatives from LUBS, including the Dean, Professor Andrew Lock, will interview contestants, while University Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Arthur expects to present the winner with the scholarship in August. The contest for each university and subject will be televised and shown across the whole of India and abroad. It will also be available in the UK on BSkyB.

Over seventy students from India are currently studying at LUBS, most of them on postgraduate courses. Professor Andrew Lock said: “We talk to a lot of Indian students wanting to study at LUBS, but most can only consider postgraduate study which requires funding for one year.

“This scholarship will cover fees and living expenses for the full three years of an undergraduate degree, with the winning scholar also having the option of an additional year in a salaried industrial placement if they wish.”

Demand for LUBS graduates is high, particularly from the finance and accounting sectors. LUBS Indian graduates have gone on to employment in a wide range of companies in the UK, India and the Far East, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, DELL, Citibank and Gulf Oil.

Sadhvi Dhawan, President of Leeds’ Indian Student Association, said: "The UK is a popular study destination and its business management courses are in high demand. With Leeds having such a good reputation in India, to have a fully paid undergraduate scholarship available is a great prize and I think this will be a very popular competition. The association is there to support the whole of the Indian community at the university and we will look forward to meeting the eventual winner!"

Online registration at www.ndtv.scholar.com to take part in the Scholar Hunt opens in the last week of April. The channel expects thousands of potential scholars to apply.

Says the programme producer Arun Thapar of NDTV: “We’re really pleased to be forging this link with UK universities through the Scholar Hunt. Our aim is to mix academic excellence and the competitive spirit to create an intelligent, thought-provoking show. The Airtel Scholar Hunt will tap into the growing aspiration among Indians to study overseas and will be exactly the kind of programme that suits NDTV’s well-informed audience: modern, aspiring Indians, with an expanded world view and the ambition to make the most of their lives.”

Sara Avery | alfa
Further information:
http://reporter.leeds.ac.uk/press_releases/current/airtel.htm

More articles from Business and Finance:

nachricht Mathematical confirmation: Rewiring financial networks reduces systemic risk
22.06.2017 | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

nachricht Frugal Innovations: when less is more
19.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

All articles from Business and Finance >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Neutron star merger directly observed for the first time

University of Maryland researchers contribute to historic detection of gravitational waves and light created by event

On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars--the dense, collapsed cores that remain...

Im Focus: Breaking: the first light from two neutron stars merging

Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.

Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....

Im Focus: Smart sensors for efficient processes

Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).

When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...

Im Focus: Cold molecules on collision course

Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.

How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...

Im Focus: Shrinking the proton again!

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.

It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

3rd Symposium on Driving Simulation

23.10.2017 | Event News

ASEAN Member States discuss the future role of renewable energy

17.10.2017 | Event News

World Health Summit 2017: International experts set the course for the future of Global Health

10.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Introduction of a novel system for in vitro analyses of zebrafish oligodendrocyte progenitor cells

23.10.2017 | Life Sciences

Did you know how many parts of your car require infrared heat?

23.10.2017 | Automotive Engineering

3rd Symposium on Driving Simulation

23.10.2017 | Event News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>