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University of Dundee launches scholarships worth £5,000 for Indian students

Combined with the University's existing Global Excellence Scholarship, the winner of Jainti Dass Saggar Memorial Scholarship for Excellence will get a total benefit of £10,000
BY Skendha Singh |   27-01-2020

BrainGain Magazine

The University of Dundee, ranked among the UK's top 30 Universities (as per the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Guardian University Guide 2019), has launched "The Jainti Dass Saggar Memorial Scholarship for Excellence" in the memory of one of Scotland's first Indian graduates. This new scholarship will be awarded to an Indian student eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree in any subject at the University of Dundee for the academic year starting in 2020. The winner of the scholarship will receive an extra £5,000 on top of the standard Global Excellence Scholarship (£5,000) that is awarded to excellent applicants. As a result, the student will receive a sum of £10,000 in scholarship.

The scholarship is available for 24 subjects including but not limited to:

  • Anatomy / Forensic Anthropology / Forensic and Medical Art,
  • Art and Design,
  • Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering,
  • Business (Accountancy / Economics / Finance / International Business),
  • Computing,
  • Dentistry,
  • Education,
  • Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy,
  • History,
  • Law,
  • Mathematics,
  • Medicine/ Nursing and Health Sciences,
  • International Relations,
  • Social Work.

To be eligible, students must fulfill the following conditions:

  •     Domiciled in India
  •     Enrolled in an undergraduate programme at the University of Dundee in September 2020
  •     The applicants must meet the Global Excellence Scholarship Undergraduate criteria, and
  •     Have a confirmed Global Excellence award from the University of Dundee.

Currently, there is no separate application form for this scholarship. The University’s Admissions Team will review applicants who have a confirmed Global Excellence Undergraduate award. To be considered for the award students must apply before 30th April 2020. The successful applicant will be notified by the end of May 2020.

The graduate after whom the scholarship is named, Jainti Dass Saggar, has an inspiring story. Born in Deharru, Punjab, in 1898, when he decided to study abroad, he had to undertake a 26-day journey by sea. In 1919, he enrolled at University College Dundee (as the university was then known) to study Medicine.

Graduating in 1923, Dr Saggar became a local GP. In 1931, he married a Scottish woman Jean Quinn, and they had two daughters, Sheila and Kamala. Dr Saggar served on the boards of various education and welfare bodies and was elected town councilor in 1936, serving Dundee as a Labour councilor for eighteen years until his death in 1954. Despite living in Scotland, Dr Saggar remained connected with his Indian roots through his involvement over many years with Friends of India and with Indian Famine Relief.

Wendy Alexander, Vice Principal (International) at the University, said, “Dr Saggar was a truly inspirational character who worked to improve the quality of school meals well ahead of his time. He also helped open a psychiatric clinic for early mental health treatment and argued for the provision of 20 communal canteens for Dundee’s poor. He was a true example of a global citizen, who chose to study, live and improve the city he came to. With this new scholarship, we hope his story inspires the next generation of Dundee students."

Do you want to change the world you live in? This is your chance.

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