Celebrating Success, Creativity and Social Impact at the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016

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New Delhi, Delhi, India

The British Council honoured the achievements of Indian alumni who studied at a UK university within the last ten years and who could articulate the impact of their UK education on their professional success.  Awards were given out in three categories: Professional Achievement Award, Entrepreneurial Award and the Social Impact Award.

The Education UK Alumni Awards 2016 were presented at an alumni gala to celebrate UK university alumni. The gala was attended by distinguished guests Lord Jeffrey Mountevans, Lord Mayor of City of London, and Baroness Amos, Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India said, “For us at the British Council, it is heartening to see alumni create a positive impact in their home countries and communities. Indian students have been studying in the UK for over 100 years, and 160,000 students have studied in the country over the last 10 years. They represent not just the benefits and successes that a UK education can provide but also inspire others to follow a similar path. Encouraging mutuality in the student mobility between UK and India, we launched Generation UK-India programme to support up to 25,000 UK students to come to India by 2020. A strong network of UK-India alumni will help strengthen the educational and cultural ties between the two countries. We congratulate the recipients of the awards and wish them luck for their bright future ahead.”

The British Council and UK universities created the Education UK Alumni Awards to build global networks for UK alumni with access to influential change-makers and to support university alumni relations around the world.

In 2016, the Education UK Alumni Awards are being held in 10 countries Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States.  Over 830 applications were shortlisted for 30 awards, out of which 220 applications were from India. Indian entries were the highest amongst the 10 countries taking part in this global initiative. The UK Universities selected the first round of nominees for the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016. For the Indian edition of the awards, a panel of judges comprising the executives from the British Council and the British High Commission and past recipients of Education UK Alumni Awards shortlisted the finalists.

“I am delighted to present the Education UK alumni Awards 2016 to some truly outstanding alumni. Education is a pillar of the strong bilateral relationship that the UK and India already enjoy, and it is also key to Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious vision of a knowledge-based Indian economy based on innovation, skills and qualifications. The UK can offer Indian students a world-class education at our internationally-renowned universities. We stand ready to partner with our friends and colleagues in India across the spectrum of education, research & innovation,” said Lord Mayor of the City of London – Lord Jeffrey Mountevans

Education UK Alumni Award Recipients by Category

Professional Achievement Award
Recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

Nishad Chaughule from Leeds Beckett University, recipient of the Professional Achievement Award said, “I am delighted to be recognised by the British Council for my work. My education in the UK has given me the global experience that is unparalleled in today’s professional environment. My message to the youngsters would be that if you have a proper guidance and the sheer will to work hard, nothing can stop you from succeeding in your career. I am proud to be a UK Alumni and hope to continue making significant contributions to my field. Additionally, the UK education gave me an opportunity to be in a cosmopolitan environment, which enabled me to become a better storyteller but most importantly a better an open-minded individual.”

Entrepreneurial Award
Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects. This is the award for self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers.

Ankit Mehrotra from University of Essex, who was awarded the Entrepreneurial Award at the event said, “This award is a testimony to the encouragement and guidance that students like me have received while studying in the UK.  It helped me not only to widen my horizons but also provided me the global exposure to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams. I am truly grateful for this honour and hope to continue contributing to the entrepreneurial landscape of the country.

Social Impact Award
The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Ria Sharma from Leeds College of Art received the Social Impact Award at the event. Speaking about the honour he/she said, “To be able to make a worthwhile contribution to the field of social services, students need to be nurtured as global citizens so that they are sensitive to the needs of a multi-cultural society. My experience of studying in the UK has helped me imbibe the vision and strategic forethought required to drive a social enterprise and I am truly grateful for this recognition.”

The British Council will support the award recipients with professional development opportunities that will build their professional capacities, skills and networks. The award recipients will also become a part of a new international UK Alumni Award Network, and awardees will be invited to the UK to connect with government and industry leaders in a sector of their choice. Other celebrated alumni of the UK include designer Jimmy Choo, actress Parineeti Chopra, former US President Bill Clinton, co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, Olympic gold medallist Annette Salmeen, Nobel Prize for Literature winner Wole Soyinka, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and business magnate Zhang Xin.

2016 has been jointly announced by British Prime Minister Cameron and Indian Prime Minister Modi as the UK-India Year of Education, Research and Innovation. Education UK Alumni Awards firmly reiterates our commitment to this year of enhanced collaboration between the two countries. To further empower students to pursue their ambitions of studying in the UK, a number of scholarships are offered to international students by the UK Government. As part of this, we are offering GREAT Scholarships worth over 150 million rupees, with 291 scholarships on offer in partnership with 45 universities. Further, the India programme of Chevening, British Government’s flagship global scholarship, is now world’s largest with budget of £2.6 million and 130 scholarships on offer. In addition, we have Charles Wallace programme with a budget of £0.15 million and Commonwealth Scholarship programme, which supports on an average 60 Indian students each year.

More Information:
Education UK Alumni 2016 awards: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education-uk-awards
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilindia/
Twitter (#edukalumni) https://twitter.com/inBritish
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/BritishCouncilIndia

Notes to Editors

Education UK Alumni Award categories and profiles of the winners

Professional Achievement Award
Recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

Nishad Chaughule is a filmmaker based out of UK and India. He is a Student Academy Award and a Royal Television Society Award winner. He was also shortlisted for a Grierson Trust British Documentary Award for his short documentary ‘Make me Louder’.  Nishad is a founder at ‘Man on Mars’ a film production and distribution company based in Leeds, UK and also associated with the independent production company Sikhya Entertainment, Mumbai, India. Nishad enjoys working in both fiction and non-fiction storytelling. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5555945/

Entrepreneurial Award
Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects. This is the award for self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers.

Ankit Mehrotra is a start-up and tech enthusiast with special interests in understanding customer behaviour across the web and mobile. He co-founded dineout.co.in in early 2012 and has positioned it as the premier table reservation service in India. Since then dineout has grown multifold and in April 2014 it was successfully acquired by Times Internet.He was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the year 2012 at the 6th Indira International Innovation Summit in 2013. He also made it to the Top 2 on “The Pitch” season 3 on Bloomberg TV.

Before starting dineout, he lived in London for 10 years and worked for 7 years with BNP Paribas in London in various divisions including Investment Banking & Wealth Management managing a portfolio of UHNWI. He also obtained his CFA charter in 2011.

He attributes a lot of his success to his time at Essex University, where he learnt to think on his feet, which helped him tremendously as an entrepreneur

Social Impact Award
The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving the lives of others.

Ria Sharma is the founder of Make Love Not Scars, an organization that has helped over 60 survivors of acid attacks medically, legally and financially. Ria’s work has created global awareness on the cause that is normally stigmatized, leading to the implementation of various existing laws. Ria procured funding for the first of its kind rehabilitation centre due to launch on the 8th of March. Ria’s time at Leeds College Of Art allowed her to combine her passion for women’s rights with her degree which led to her founding her organization in third year.

More information on the Education UK Alumni 2015 awards is here : http://www.britishcouncil.org/education-uk-awards

Full details on all the finalists : http://www.britishcouncil.org/education-uk-awards/finalists

List of UK Higher Education Institutions with 2016 finalists for India

University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Leeds Beckett University
Cardiff University
University of Leeds
University of Essex
University of St. Andrews
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Leeds College of Art

The British Council

The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

We also manage prestigious scholarships and training awards, including the Jubilee scholarships, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and the Charles Wallace India Trust awards. Our English language centres in Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata provide a range of general and business English classes, specialised skills based programmes and young learner courses. We work with a wide range of Indian partners in cities all over India enabling British and Indian experts to meet and collaborate and to nurture mutually beneficial relationships.

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