In November, a UCLan British Council Scholarship student met with Prime Minister Theresa May at a special women in STEM event.
Venkata Naga Varalakshmi Gundarapu was among 104 Indian female scholars invited to meet the MP, Baroness Prashar, and various industry and university representatives.
Lakshmi joined Liverpool Hope in September, as part of the British Council’s 70th Anniversary Scholarship programme for Indian Women undertaking a Masters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the United Kingdom.
Announcing plans for the second edition of its 70th Anniversary Scholarship programme in 2019, the British Council confirmed Britain’s commitment to attracting the brightest Indian students to the UK’s top universities.
According to the British Council, the UK is currently ranked number two for science and research worldwide, and the 70th anniversary scholars are ambassadors for the future relationship between the UK and India.
Speaking about the event, Lakshmi said:
"The fully-funded scholarship by the British Council has been an unanticipated surprise which has made my dream of studying Computer Science at the University of Central Lancashire come true.
Choosing UCLan for my Masters is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. My experience with UCLan has been exceptional so far. It has state-of -the art facilities, Computing labs and a well-equipped library for the students.
The lecturers are enthusiastic and the staff are quite friendly. I feel more independent and willing to explore every opportunity the UCLan offers to me. Finally, I'm proud to study in multi-cultural Britain."
More information can be found on the British Council Website.
18 December 2018
Venkata Naga Varalakshmi Gundarapu