British Council Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent a message of congratulations to launch the organisation’s seventieth anniversary in India marking her continued support for its work in India. The message was delivered by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex during his visit to the British Council in Delhi today. The British Council was first established in India in 1948. Today it seeks to partner India’s knowledge ambitions and economic growth through access to UK art and culture, education, and by sharing the English language. British Council programmes have supported over 1 million teachers of English in Government schools in 12 States. It is working in partnership with the Government of Andhra Pradesh to improve the English and employability of 100,000 college students in the State. To mark its 70th anniversary in India the British Council has launched its first scholarship scheme for women. In partnership with UK universities, the scheme will offer tuition fees for Indian women studying a Master’s degree at a UK University this year. The British Council 70th Anniversary Scholars will be announced at a Founders’ Day event in March 2018.