Wednesday 14 December 2016

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


The British Council today as a part of its educational opportunities announces the winner of the British Council IELTS Awards for 2016. The British Council IELTS Award was launched in February 2015 with the objective of supporting Nepalese students intending to study in an English-speaking country. 


Ms Swastika Shrestha received award of NPR 5,00,000 towards the cost of her tuition fees.


The award winner for 2016 is Ms. Swastika Shrestha who is studying in Germany. After learning she had won the award, she told us: “I take this opportunity to thank the British Council Nepal for organizing this event. Not only British Council has been conducting IELTS examination but also has providing opportunities like this which has been helping a lot of Nepalese students reduce their financial burden. This has helped many students pursue their higher education abroad. I am extremely glad that I am the recipient this year and I hope there are many more in the years to come.”


Dr Bal Krishna Shrestha, father of Swastika Shrestha received the award on her behalf and shared, “It is with immense pleasure I accept this award on behalf of my daughter and my family. I thank British Council Nepal for encouraging young generations with award like this to fulfill their dreams of studying in competent universities abroad.”


The British Council IELTS Awards aim is to help Nepalese students pursue the opportunity of a higher education abroad, once they have taken the initial step of proving their English language ability with IELTS. This award will help Nepalese candidate boost their long term career chances in a global market. Most importantly, it is a commitment to realizing British Council’s aspiration of enabling young people to achieve their life goals.


“British Council Nepal is delighted to support Ms Swastika Shrestha’s future academic study through this significant award. We have been in Nepal for more than sixty years and delivering IELTS for more than twenty five years. As an organization with a cultural mission, we are very proud of our role in helping Nepali people to achieve their study and migration goals through access to international examinations”, shared Jim O'Neill, Country Exams Manager at British Council Nepal.




Notes to Editor

About the British Council 

British Council works with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year British Council reaches over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, British Council is a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of British Council’s income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisation. Eighteen per cent of British Council’s funding is received from the UK government.

More information about what British Council does in Nepal can be found at this link 

About IELTS (the International English Language Testing System)

With over 2.2 million tests taken each year, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English test. Recognized by over 9,000 educational, employment and immigration organizations, IELTS is the only test accepted for immigration purposes in countries that require one. Designed by internationally renowned experts in English-language assessment, IELTS gauges English skills in the most reliable and consistent way possible. 


For more information on the British Council IELTS Awards, including programme eligibility and application details, as well as details on registering and preparing for the IELTS test, please visit the British Council IELTS website at


For more information, press only: 

Ms. Suchita Shrestha

Marketing Communications, Learning Centre Manager

#4410798 Ext 3129 


Mr. Sumit B. Amatya

Exams- Marketing and Communication Manager 

#4410798 Ext 3165