On behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK, the British Council recently organised a pre-departure briefing for departing Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows for 2017-18 at the British Council.
David Maynard, Director English and Education opened the event with a short note appreciating the enthusiasm of Commonwealth scholars and fellows and briefly highlighted the contribution of the Commonwealth Scholarship scheme and how it has been adding value to the economy of Bangladesh. Towhidur Rahman, Regional Manager, Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), South Asia conducted the briefing which was attended by 45 brilliant scholars and fellows from around Bangladesh and three Commonwealth Scholarship alumni who conducted short sessions on various academic skills that would be more useful for the scholars during their study in the UK. The alumni also shared interesting tips and stories from their personal experiences which were well received by the young award holders. The scholars engaged in a range of back and forth questions relating to issues of visa, accommodation, medical facilities, food, and transport etc.
The young scholars and fellows enthusiastically absorbed the sessions on academic skills and experience shared by the alumni. The sessions were followed by the launch of the Commonwealth Alumni Mentorship Plan (CAMP), a new mentorship programme to create a network of Commonwealth alumni working inclusively to guide one another as they contribute to social and economic development.
The British Council and University Grants Commission in Bangladesh have been supporting this scholarship under the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) in coordination with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) under the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK, who administers the fellowship program on behalf of the UK government.