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Cardiff final of Scholar Hunt

09 Awst 2007

Four Indian students will battle it out today (9 August) to win an undergraduate place at Cardiff University in the final of the New Delhi Television programme ‘Scholar Hunt’.

Having already met the University’s academic requirements and seen off thousands of other applicants in a series of challenges such as online tests and subject specific exams, the final four were determined after an intense questioning session held yesterday. Now the students will go head to head to try and secure their place on the BA course in Journalism, Film and Media at the University.

Held over two days (9 and 10 August), the candidates face a final test devised by University experts at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The eventual winner will receive not only a place on the course, but will also have their tuition fees and living expenses paid as part of the prize.

Commenting on the programme, Sandra Elliott, director of Cardiff University’s International Development Division, said: "Scholar Hunt makes for compelling viewing. More importantly, it will offer a degree from an internationally-respected journalism school to a student who might not otherwise have got the chance. We hope it will also showcase what UK universities, and Cardiff in particular, have to offer to the wider Indian audience."

The show is being televised on New Delhi Television (NDTV), the largest national English language channel in India, with a reach of approximately 50million viewers. Once the winner has been announced, the programme will follow the successful student as they enrol and embark on their course at Cardiff University.

Cardiff University already has strong links in India. The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has a high reputation in the subcontinent, with its MA in International Journalism proving very popular with Indian journalism students. Large numbers of Indian students are enrolled on business, law and engineering courses and there is an active Indian Student Society. The School also has a close relationship with the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, one of India's leading media schools. The University has collaborative programmes with many other leading Indian universities including IIM Calcutta and the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore.

Cardiff’s partners in the project are the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Middlesex and Warwick. The programme is sponsored by Airtel, the largest GSM operator in India and is available in the UK on BSkyB.