British Council programmes in Sikkim

17 Jun 2018

As part of the celebrations of 70 years of the British Council in India, British Council Director for India Alan Gemmell OBE and Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India met Minister, Human Resource Development Department of Sikkim R.B. Subba on Saturday. The meeting reaffirmed British Council’s commitment to be a knowledge partner to support the Sikkim government’s ambitions through education, art and culture and sports-related opportunities for the youth of Sikkim and the entire Northeast. The British Council is now working to realise a proposal with the Sikkim Government on a Teacher Training project which will train 100 Master Trainers who will in turn train 3,869 Primary school teachers in the state in specified learning-centred approaches and techniques, for developing learners’ English language proficiency.
Subba  felicitated Bishalta Pradhan from Gangtok, Sikkim, who was among the six women from Northeast India to have been awarded the British Council Master’s Scholarships. Through the scholarship programme Bishalta will pursue Master of Science (Data Science) at Liverpool Hope University.
Gemmell said: “We’ve been inspired every day of the last 70 years by the artists, students, scientists and policy makers we’ve worked with in India. This year we want to inspire young people across India to build a relationship with the UK for the next 70 years. I’m delighted to have an opportunity to meet the Hon’ble Chief Minister to discuss the British Council’s work to train teachers across Sikkim and see how our work in education can support his ambitious vision for the State.”