15 February, 2012 WednesdayThe UK universities are tying up with Indian institutes to provide quality education in the country. Sunil Khilnani, director King’s Indian Institute speaks with SANGEETA YADAV
- Tell us about King’s College London?
King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world and the fourth oldest in England. We have nearly 23,500 students from over 140 countries and 6,000 employees. King’s, like the majority of universities in the UK, is financed by the Government. The university is one of 31 affiliate institutions that make up the University of London.
- The reason for a institute in India?
We decided to hold our official launch on India’s Republic Day as a celebration of not just King’s connections with India, but of the UK and India’s relationship. The fact that the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, attended the inauguration function and gave the opening speech is a real testament to the growing relationship between the two nations.
- What are the courses and programmes offered?
The institute offers MA in Modern India, PhD in Contemporary India Research. We have also introduced a new course — MA South Asia and Global Security. The course is for batch 2012-13. Interested students can apply for the same.
- What is the fee structure?
Tuition fees for international students is £15,000 per year for Master’s programme. The present fee for the research programme is £13,800 per year. The graduate school at King’s offers scholarships for international students. For master’s the students can get up to £10,000 for a one year and £15,000 per year for research programmes. The cost of living in London ranges between £900 to £1,000 per month.
- The application process?
All postgraduate students who are interested can apply at King’s by submitting an online application form: https://myapplication.kcl.ac.uk.
- The deadline…
We will accept applications till July 2012. However, we would encourage students to apply well before that — our courses can get full and they also need to allow plenty of time to arrange accommodation and visas where necessary.
- How can the students apply for a Visa?
Students can apply for a Tier 4 student Visa using the confirmation of studies (CAS) that we will provide for them once their offer is confirmed. Students will also need to prove they have the finances to cover all tuition fees and cost of living for the first year of their studies. For more information on Tier 4 student visas, one can visit the website: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/adult-students/
- What are the job prospects?
London is very much the hub for those students who have graduated with Science, Commerce and Humanities. Students at the college have a lot of exposure to various curricular activities that the city has to offer from the minute a student lands in London. But one has to keep in mind that many rules about post study work visas have tightened. Students are still entitled to work in the UK as long as they are working in a job that requires a degree in their filed of work. The job market is competitive for all graduates right now and students need to do everything they can to ensure they are making themselves as employable as possible.