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Scholarship recipient shares experiences of studies in India

After graduating with a Master of Arts in Political Science from a university in India this year, Ms Oliny Inthavong, 24, was very happy to share her experiences to help others considering higher education in India.
She began her degree course in 2015 after being selected by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
Ms Oliny had already achieved a good track record when studying for a Bachelor degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Law, National University of Laos (NUoL).

Ms Oliny Inthavong (left) receives her degree at the University of Mysore in Karnataka, India.

She had known about the ITEC scholarships for some time and the fact that the Indian government offered more than 100 scholarships to Laos every year for graduate and postgraduate degrees under this scheme.
India offers some of the most popular scholarships among Lao students, but competition is tough as many people apply for them.  “Competition is very strong for these scholarships,” said Ms Oliny, who lives in Vientiane.
However, her diligent preparations for the examination proved successful and to her delight she was awarded a scholarship. She was proud of her achievements and looked forward to pursuing a Master’s degree in India, whose education system is renowned.
She said this was a chance to develop her educational skills, which would benefit both her career and her life.
Ms Oliny said that while at school and university in Laos she always hoped she would be given the opportuniuty to study overseas as she believed this would open up her world and broaden her horizons.
“For sure I want to get a better education if I have the chance to study abroad,” she said.
Before finishing her Bachelor degree at NUoL, she looked around at the scholarship options available to Lao students. She was interested in several countries, including the United States, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India.
After searching for a while she heard that the Indian government scholarship was available and she went to the Indian Embassy to ask for more details.
She was given an application which she filled in and returned. A few weeks later she got a phone call from the embassy asking her to take some tests.
She passed the tests and won a scholarship to do a Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Mysore in Karnataka. Her two years in India proved to be a great experience.
While there, she had plenty of opportunities to learn about the culture and the language, and made many new friends from different countries.
Ms Oliny advises other students wanting to apply for an Indian government scholarship to get the latest information from the Indian Embassy. The scholarships usually become available in December and January. The tests that must be passed are all in English.
“I would like to say that India is one of many great places to continue your studies. The standard of education there is at international level,” she says.
Her final advice was to say that India is indeed an incredible country. “You must visit!”

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update October 20 , 2017 )

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