Indian students get scholarships @ Edinburgh Napier Univ, Scotland
Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland has formally awarded scholarships to two students from one of India’s most deprived areas.
About: Edinburgh Napier offers over 200 undergraduate and post graduate courses and has around 15,000 students from over 100 countries. The University has been actively recruiting in India since 2003 and opened a regional office in Hyderabad in 2009. In 2010/11 314 students graduated with Edinburgh Napier qualifications in India.
Asif Ahmed (21) and Cain Gomes (21) officially received their places to study at Edinburgh Napier University today (10th October), at the institution’s graduation ceremony at GD Sabhaghar , Ballygunje Kolkata on 10th October at 10am. The £10,000 scholarships offered by Indian businesswoman Vin Murria, an Edinburgh Napier honorary graduate, and Professor George Stonehouse, Dean of the University’s Business School will help them study BA Hospitality Management from January 2013.
St. Mary’s Day School and Orphanage established in 1848 has helped hundreds of impoverished youngsters access education. Cain, who was orphaned at the age of 8 following the death of his parents in a car crash and Asif, who helps on his father’s street stall after college, have both been supported through school by St. Mary’s Day School and Orphanage.
Cain, who works on behalf of St Mary’s with abandoned children in Kolkata’s red light district and has ambitions to become a chef couldnt sleep overcome with his good fortune of getting a beautiful opportunity that would change his life and said he looked forward to making the best of it. Asif was simply grateful for the opportunity.
Edinburgh Napier Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Joan Stringer and Professor Stonehouse awarded Asif and Cain their scholarships. Speaking on the occasion, Professor Stonehouse said: “The work of St Mary’s is inspirational. We are delighted to support the education of these young people and have seen at first hand the difference it makes to their lives”. Professor Dame Stringer added that “Cain and Asif are bright, young students and I have no doubt that they will go on to have successful careers. Their further education will not only be of benefit to them but will have a huge impact on their family and wider community.”
At the graduation ceremony, the two students also received a cheque for £1000 from Dr. Suborno Bose, Chairman and Chief Mentor of Indismart Group Worldwide and both the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and Institute of Advanced Management (IAM). The money was raised by Edinburgh Napier students, many of whom previously studied at IIHM and IAM in Kolkata, Delhi and Goa, following a sponsored walk.
Edinburgh Napier University has had a longstanding relationship with the IIHM and IAM. This week from both institutions there will be over 270 students who graduate with Edinburgh Napier qualifications.