On 28 July, Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of new scholarships for science and innovation, sponsored by Rolls-Royce.
The scholarships will be for places on the new Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme, which will be a unique programme for mid-career Indian professionals working in the fields of science, innovation, and related public administration. The new Chevening award for India is supported by one of the UK’s most innovative companies, Rolls Royce. It will be hosted by the Said Business School, the University of Oxford.
The Programme will include a wide range of modules including bridging pure research and business/scientific entrepreneurship, practical processes of innovation, commercialisation of research and technology transfer. The course is aimed at some of India’s brightest scientists, business people and public servants.
David Willets, the Minister of State for Universities and Science said today “this is an exciting new scholarship, which has been uniquely tailored for India by one of the UK’s top universities. Having Rolls-Royce, one of the UK’s top innovating businesses as a co-sponsor, shows the importance the UK government, business and educational institutions places on the relationship with India. This Programme will promote the role of science and innovation as a driver of growth and opportunity in UK-India relations, forging lasting ties with India’s future leaders.”
Sir John Rose, Chief Executive Rolls-Royce said “Rolls-Royce has been a long standing and trusted partner of India for over seventy five years. India is strategically significant to Rolls-Royce both as a market and as a country that is playing a growing role in our global operations.”
“We are delighted therefore to partner with the UK Government in launching the Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme in India. Rolls-Royce has strong linkages with educational institutions in the United Kingdom and this scholarship programme for future leaders fits well with our priorities in India and the focus of India on technology and innovation.”
Lord Patten of Barnes, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford said “We look forward with great pleasure to welcoming an outstanding group of Indian professionals to Oxford and to ensuring that they are exposed to University-wide insights and thinking during their stay. We are honoured to be leading the Programme and it will be a great pleasure for us to work both with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship Programme and with Rolls Royce.”