The Higher Education sector in Tamil Nadu is moving at an accelerated pace to meet the demands of the century in terms of research and development, Chief Minister Dr J Jayalalithaa said on Saturday 17 August 2013 at the University of Madras 155th graduation ceremony. You can listen to the speech by clicking here
14 students and 3 faculty members have been selected to study one semester in Universities in United Kingdom from Sep 2013 to Jan 2014”.
The study abroad programme is a fully funded scheme of Tamil Nadu State Government. It is a unique programme to support students from Government Colleges and Universities especially from the lower economic and social background from across Tamil Nadu to study one semester in the UK. The Government has set aside close to half million pounds for the first year and the scheme is likely to be extended for further two more years, basis the success and impact. Mr Paul Sellers, Director South India of British Council earlier signed an agreement with TANSCHE on 13 December 2012 in the august presence of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
A first batch consisting of fourteen students’ and three faculty members will join University of Birmingham, Edge Hill University, University of Nottingham and Royal Holloway University of London for courses starting in September 2013. They will study Biosciences, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology postgraduate courses along with the regular students. While students attend classes to earn credits, the faculty will receive training on new teaching and learning methods through mentoring system and also conduct action research. They are the first set of fortunate students and faculty out of 25 students and 5 faculty members envisaged to go the UK under the scheme. The remaining students and faculty will go to the above universities and King’s College London for the semester starting in June 2014.