By Sun Narin
A 21-year-old student from a sur-urban town Barrackpore, Kolkata, Mr Debajyoti Chatterjee has won the 2011 TOEFL Scholarship Program Awards to study in Germany with the award of 5000 dollars for his bachelor degree. He is one of the nine high-performing winners from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Coimbatore who won award to study in the United States, France, Canada, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
“It gave him a sense of joy and relief. Joy because I had won a prestigious award and relief because it removed the financial hurdles that were present before me to take up my studies in Germany,” says Mr Debajyoti.
Mr Debajyoti has just completed his Bachelor degree in technology in Electronics and Communications engineering from the Bengal Institute of Technology, Kolkata. Simultaneously, he also learnt the German language at the Goethe Institute in Kolkata and completed the C1 level at the Goethe Institute Berlin last year.
He said: “This is the first time I took the TOEFL test and applied for the ETS Scholarship. I decided to apply for this scholarship because it is recognition of my good results in the TOEFL.” “I did not find the test to be difficult but it required long hours of concentration. Definitely, I was very well prepared for the test,” he adds.
The 2011 TOEFL Scholarship Program, awarding US$60,000 in scholarship funding for undergraduate or graduate study in 2011, was extremely competitive. More than 650 applications were received for consideration this year, doubling the number of applications received for last year’s program, according to the program statement.
Mr Debajyoti reveals some tips to win the TOEFL scholarship that the exam sitters first have to know the type of questions that are being asked on the TOEFL Test and he would suggest the BARRON’s TOEFL book. Moreover, he adds that one should have the ability to write and speak grammatically correct English and recommends students to read newspaper, journals and other books, which may help in improving the reading skills that is also important for the TOEFL. “Be relaxed and enjoy yourself through the TOEFL test” he says.
Three US$10,000 scholarships were presented: one scholarship each for study in the U.K., U.S. and Canada. Six US$5,000 scholarships were also presented: one scholarship each for study in the U.K., U.S., and Canada, and three scholarships for any other location. Funding for the 2011 TOEFL Scholarship Program represents an increase of US$10,000 from last year’s program.
Mr Debajyoti will spend two years studying Communications Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany for his master degree.
“I wish to go there because of the wonderful infrastructure for research that is present in my field of interest at the University. There are multiple choices of work that will be available after I complete my masters. My decision will depend upon the opportunities that I get after my Masters.