Bengaluru : An Indian student from Bengaluru has won a prestigious 5,000 pounds scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate studying any of the 24 subjects offered at the University of Dundee in the UK.
Rajvir Singh, 18, who studies psychology and French at the University of Dundee, will receive the Jainti Dass Saggar Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in 2022, which supports a student who aims to give back to his community.
The award, given annually to one aspiring student from India, honors Scotland’s first elected politician and doctor, Jainti Dass Saggar, who traveled all the way from Punjab to study at the university more than 100 years ago.
Saggar went on to use his medical training to help change the lives of people living in the city of Dundee, serving as a city councilor for 18 years until his death in 1954. Singh, who was grateful to be awarded the scholarship, said his personal experience with mental health was of course behind his choice.
“I wanted to study psychology because, like many others, I have struggled with mental health. Even though there is support available in India, there is a lot of social stigma around it… I am very grateful to have been awarded the Saggar Scholarship,” Singh said in a statement.
“I hope to use my education to become a therapist so that I can be the support for others that I haven’t always been,” he added.
Indian student from Bengaluru, Singh also won the £6,000-a-year Global Excellence Scholarship, which is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence through their academic pursuits and have traveled abroad to study in the UK. “The UK is really good for psychology. The BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited courses are among the best in the world, so I wanted to come to the UK,” he added.
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