Among thousands of applicants, 10 students have been declared the winner of 2015 British Council IELTS Awards. Each of the selected candidates will be awarded with Rs 3 lakh as a contribution towards tuition fees to pursue higher education in abroad.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) was developed in order to test the skill or expertness level in English language. Jointly managed by British Council, IDP Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment, IELTS is conducted every year in countries like India where English is not a native language. IELTS academics help aspiring students to get admission for professional courses in English speaking countries.
British Council IELTS awards was launched in the year 2010 in India for the students who wants to pursue their education from English speaking countries but are unwilling to do so due to poor financial conditions. Every year few students get the opportunity to win the British Council IELTS Award.
Until now, approximately 40 students from India got the IELTS Award. Going through a rigorous application procedure, the applicants has to write a essay of their own choice and has to appear before judges panel and interviewers. Students this year chose the following topics: ‘Clean India – Attitude change is more important than the movement’ and ‘Academic Achievement is more important for society than creative achievements. How far do you agree with this statement’.
There is no certain minimum eligibility criteria for getting pass marks, every students are issued with score card. However in most of the foreign universities, students with IELTS grade points above 6.0 are accepted for regular courses.
At award presentation ceremony which was held in Mumbai, Director of exams under British Council India, Sarah Deverall said, “The outcomes of sixth annual British Council IELTS Award program are further proof of the sheer talent amongst our student applicants from around India, also reflected in the increase in number of awards as compared to last year. She further congratulated the winners of the IELTS Award and greeted them with best wishes for their future.”
Raj Verma, student from Pune is one of the winners of the British Council IELTS Award said, “This award has already given me head start in confidence to pursue my education abroad.” He will be pursuing his Ph.D in Law at New Castle University. Another winner from Noida stated that this award will help her in establishing herself with the education system as would not have to concern about the administration any more. Adding to her speech, she mentioned that IELTS has help to build confidence in her.
IELTS score cards are now accepted by more than 145 countries worldwide in around 9,000 educational as well as professional courses.