University of Birmingham launches Lord Karan Bilimoria (Chancellor's)
Scholarship in India
New Delhi (India) | Published : March 13, 2023
The University of Birmingham is launching a unique and
prestigious new fully-funded scholarship, including accommodation expenses, for
students in India - offering the winner a mentoring opportunity with the
University's Chancellor Lord Karan Bilimoria and leading alumni.
Karan Bilimoria (Chancellor's) Scholarship will include a full tuition fee
waiver and accommodation costs up to the duration of the programme for the
winner, as well as four runner-up awards of a 5,000 tuition fee waiver.
The scholarship is only open to Indian students applying for postgraduate study
programmes at the University's campuses in Birmingham and Dubai. Candidates must
have a valid offer of study from the University of Birmingham.
should have an excellent academic track record and demonstrate that they have
overcome challenging circumstances. They should also have an innovative idea
that can solve some of the complex challenges facing both the UK and India.
Successful applicants who reach the final round will be asked to submit a
three-minute video answering two key questions:
- What challenges have
you overcome in life?- What innovation would you suggest to solve a challenge
faced by India and the UK?
Launching the Scholarship, Lord Bilimoria
commented: "I am hugely proud of the University of Birmingham's education
partnerships in India and delighted to launch this exceptional opportunity to
encourage outstanding individuals to join us - whether at our iconic new campus
in Dubai or our beautiful historic campus in Birmingham.
University's motto is 'per ardua ad alta' which translates as 'through adversity
to high things'. This is a sentiment which inspires us, as we begin our search
for scholarship candidates who have beaten the odds to achieve academic
excellence and can demonstrate an innovative idea with the potential to solve
any of the complex challenges facing both India and the UK.
"I look forward to meeting the successful candidate and it will be a particular
pleasure to mentor them as they set out on their voyage of educational discovery
with the University of Birmingham and become successful leaders."
Applications are now open and further details can be obtained from
The University's relationship with India dates to 1909 when the first cohort
of Indian students arrived in Birmingham to study for degrees in Mining and
Commerce. It now has more than 2,000 Indian alumni and some of India's most
distinguished and finest minds were educated at Birmingham, including Mr Ajit
Kumar Seth, 30th Cabinet Secretary of the Republic of India, and acclaimed
writer and critic, the late Dr U R Ananthamurthy.
The University of
Birmingham has several significant partnerships in India, underpinned by its
India Institute which aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of
Birmingham's engagement in the country.
Alex Ellis, British High
Commissioner to India, said: "I am delighted that the University of Birmingham
is further strengthening its engagement in India with this scholarship. What a
fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate in being mentored by an icon
of UK-Indian business, Lord Bilimoria."
- The University of Birmingham is
a global top 100 university and a member of the elite Russell Group of UK
universities. It was established by Queen Victoria in 1900 as Great Britain's
first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were
accepted on an equal basis. Renowned for its research excellence, the
University's researchers have received 10 Nobel Prizes. From pioneering organ
transplants, discovering gravitational waves and furthering understanding of
Shakespeare, to developing cures for cancer, advances in robotics and revealing
the structure of DNA, the University has been at the forefront of some of the
most ground-breaking discoveries of the last 100 years.
- The University
of Birmingham Dubai adheres to the same teaching standards and values as the
Birmingham campus, bringing the heritage, prestige, and global recognition of
the UK campus to Dubai. The University of Birmingham Dubai's iconic new campus
will be embedded with cutting-edge technology, allowing innovative,
multidisciplinary teaching, and learning to deliver an educational experience
like no other in Dubai.
- Lord Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra
Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with
Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection,
one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra
range have collectively been awarded a total of 128 Gold and Grand Gold medals
since 2001, making it one of the most awarded beers in the world. Lord Bilimoria
is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant
of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the
University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK
when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker
Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting
entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the
Prime Minister of India's Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was
appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian
Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti
Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex
College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business
School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an
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