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New Delhi, April 15, 2010
United States Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer awarded certificates to recipients of 100 new microscholarships in the English Access Microscholarship Programme at a function here yesterday.
The two-year access programme is an initiative of the US Embassy in cooperation with the Aga Khan Foundation which has been working in India for over 15 years on improving schools and educational opportunities for poor and marginalized groups.
Mr Roemer has awarded certificates and met with students in New Delhi, Orissa, and Kolkata to promote the critical value of education.
In January 2010, the Aga Khan Foundation began implementing the English Access Microscholarship Programme for 100 students residing in the Nizamuddin Basti in the capital. The U.S. Embassy funds the programme and awards microscholarships which provide a foundation course of English language skills to talented 14-18-year olds from economically-disadvantaged sections.
"Access to education is an important commitment and value the people of the United States of America share with India. English is the common language that unites the citizens of both our countries," Mr Roemer said.
He said the programme gave students, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, the chance to acquire basic English language skills that lead to jobs,
"These students will also have opportunities for future educational opportunities and exchange programmes in the U.S., further strengthening the robust exchange of ideas and people-to-people ties that are the hallmark and catalyst of our countries’ bold partnership," he added.