Ascholarship for students from India was recently announced by the New College of the Humanities (NCH) based in London. Founded in 2011 by British philosopher AC Grayling, the college offers a liberal arts-inspired undergraduate curriculum through one-to-one tutorials and small group teaching. In September 2015, the college’s first graduates achieved final degree results.
The ‘Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Scholarship’ is open to students applying to study economics for their first undergraduate degree at the college. Applicants should be Indian by nationality or should have attended school in India for the duration of their Year 12 and 13 (16-18 year olds, pre-university age). The new scholarship ranges from £2,000 to £9,000 towards the college’s annual fees. It will be awarded for the full three-year programme of studies.
Scholarship recipients would have the opportunity to be taught by Dasgupta, a visiting professor at NCH; he teaches on the BSc economics, which he developed. Besides, he is also Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge and teaches environmental and development economics at Manchester University.
Grayling is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford University. On what prompted him to launch a liberal arts college, Grayling, referred to as the Master, New College of the Humanities, says: “I had two motivations: one was to create a self-standing independent higher education institution dedicated to the study of the humanities (there are plenty which focus on scientific, technical and vocational subjects), because the humanities constitute the conversation of a mature, intelligent and reflective society, and they offer a wide view of human nature, the human condition and human affairs — which is what our leaders and teachers all require, so that they can apply the great lessons of the literary, historical and philosophical knowledge of our species to the problems and promises of life, both individually and socially.”
The second motivation was that as the burden for paying for higher education moves from the taxpayer to the direct beneficiary of education, it is necessary to build an endowment model to ensure that no-one is excluded from the best education because they cannot afford the fee. “It takes time to build an endowment, which depends on achieving and maintaining excellence; this is our aim,” adds the academic.