British Council holds Study in UK seminar

LAHORE, June 8(Daily Times): The British Council (BC) on Thursday organised a seminar on UK Qualifications, Scholarships and Visa Policies at the Kinnaird College (KC).

The seminar was divided into three parts "Studying in the UK", "UK Qualifications and Exams" and "How to stay in touch with the British Council".

In his presentation BC education UK programme officer Hassan Siddiqui said the degrees offered by the UK universities were internationally recognised. He said under the international graduate scheme students in the UK could stay and work on full time basis for a year.

He warned the participants to be careful while selecting a college in the UK, as there had been a mushroom growth in colleges. He said unaccredited institutes could prove to be a great loss to students. He also advised students to avoid fake documentation, saying such acts could lead to the refusal of students visa.

BC programme officer Tanveer Hassan talked about general requirements to avail UK scholarships like the Chevening Scholarships Scheme and the Charles Wallace Trust Visiting Fellowship. He said students should visit the BC website frequently to avail scholarship opportunities.

BC marketing manager Ali Rehman highlighted the importance of International English Language Testing System (IELTS). He said IELTS was not only meant as an admission requirement in universities of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He said more than 900 institutes in the USA had also accepted IELTS for admission. He also talked about the UK qualifications like O and A-level saying that any student in Pakistan who did his/her O or A-level was exempted from IELTS.

Each part of the seminar was followed by a question and answer session where the participants got their queries answered on the spot.

Speaking on the occasion Kinnaird College English Department head Dr Isabel Williams said such information seminars were a powerful and an exciting way of educating students about international qualifications and professionals. She appreciated the efforts of the British Council for developing awareness among the masses through such seminars.

A lucky draw was also held during the seminar in which several participants won prizes like MP3 players and goodie-bags.

The BC Lahore deputy director Maria Afzal, BC Islamabad proactive information services manager Shireen Shah, BC Lahore proactive information services officer Larry John and a large number of KC students were present on the occasion.

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