London: Those looking for admission in the prestigious University of Cambridge may not have to travel to the Britain as the University’s admission staff are coming in India to conduct interviews. As part of the UK-India Year of Culture celebrations, the University has come up with a new admissions programme for India this year.
Three former Indian Prime Ministers Jawarharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are among its alumni.
The admission staff will be travelling to India to visit schools and meet students face-to-face in Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi. “In autumn, a team of academics will visit India to conduct admissions interviews, so that applicants need not travel to the UK for that part of our application process,” a statement by the university said.
The announcement coincides with a visit to New Delhi this week by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, to reconfirm the university’s commitment to attracting the “brightest and best students from India”.
“Many of India’s leading figures – academics, scientists, industrialists and politicians – have enjoyed a Cambridge education. Together we have achieved great things, and I know that by continuing to work together we will rise to even greater heights,” he said.
“We believe that diversity – of nationality, of background, and of opinion is one of Cambridge’s greatest strengths. We are a University that is open to the world and must remain so,” Prof Borysiewicz noted.
The centrepiece of the university town’s 2017 celebrations has been named ‘India Unboxed’, which will include a programme of exhibitions, events, digital engagement and installations organised by the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden.
Rooted in the museum collections, the programme will explore themes of identity and connectivity for diverse audiences in the UK and India.
“A series of profiles – ‘This Cambridge-Indian Life’ – will look at the people at the heart of the relationship between Cambridge and India: Indian scholars and students who study at Cambridge, Cambridge researchers working in collaborations based in India, and notable Indian alumni from the university,” the university said.
Throughout the year, the university will highlight key research collaborations that sit at the heart of Cambridge’s relationship with India.
Cambridge is home to three major joint UK-India centres: in cancer research, anti-microbial resistant tuberculosis, and crop science. It has 85 collaborative research partnerships across India in fields from the arts and humanities to entrepreneurship to the sciences and technology.