Patna, Nov 2 (UNI) The Japan government is more inclined towards Indian students in terms of providing scholarships for higher studies under educational and cultural exchange programme than any other country.
A Union government document revealed that the United Kingdom which was the first choice of the Indian students is, however, no longer lenient in offering scholarships under the programme.
Continuing its friendly gesturen the Japan government approved all the 31 nominations forwarded by the Indian government in 2007-08 for the educational and cultural exchange programme.
In 2006-07 also, Japan had shown extra interest by approving 28 nominations out of 30 made by the Indian government.
As India shares good bilateral relations with Italy, the country is also showing a friendly attitude towards India by offering scholarships to its students under the programme.
Italy approved 26 scholarships out of 35 nominations made under the programme during 2007-08.
Despite being the popular choice, the UK approved only 22 scholarships aganist the 63 nominations in 2007-08. It had allowed only 21 scholarships against 65 nominations in 2006-07.
The document further revealed that Canada appears to be more conservative as it had cleared just 7 scholarships against 22 nominations forwarded by the Indian government in 2006-07 under the educational and cultural exchange programme.
As per the document, China is more liberal in allowing Indians for higher studies under the programme as it cleared 20 scholarships against 21 nominations in 2007-08.
The document further said under the educational and cultural exchange programme, the Indian government made 185 nominations in the year 2007-08 and 111 had been approved till December.
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