Admissions interviews to take place in India from next year

India's former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh graduated from St John's College. Image credit: Diliff

In a bid to attract the brightest young minds from India, the University of Cambridge is unveiling a new initiative under which its admission staff will travel to India to conduct interviews so that applicants need not travel to United Kingdom for that part of the admission process.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz is currently in the country's capital, New Delhi, to launch the university's version of the UK-India Year of Culture to mark 70 years of India's independence. He is expected to make the official announcement at the event, states a news report published in India's national daily Hindustan Times.  

From this academic year, university admissions staff will be travelling to India to visit schools and meet students face-to-face in the country's large metropolises - Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. In autumn, a team of academics will further visit India to conduct admissions interviews, the university said.

This news comes following a recent row over senior Cambridge professor Dr Priyamvada Gopal when the University's alumni magazine removed the reference to 'Kashmir', a state that has been in political turmoil, in her contribution to their piece on 'My wish for the next 50 years of independence'. The University had rejected this allegation. 

Meanwhile, Cambridge’s 2017 celebrations has a range of events including India Unboxed, a programme of exhibitions, events, digital engagement and installations organised by the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden. Moreover, a series of profiles – This Cambridge-Indian Life – will explore the lives and contributions of Indian scholars and students who study at Cambridge, Cambridge researchers working in collaborations based in India, and notable Indian alumni from the university.

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