Dr Tasnim Jara – a Bangladeshi doctor in England's National Health Service (NHS) and an entrepreneur – finds that the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship programme is a very good opportunity for women pursuing a career in this field.
The British Council, in partnership with The Business Standard, hosted a live conversation with Dr Tasnim Jara on Sunday. She shared her journey of studying in the United Kingdom (UK) and of the opportunities for women working in the field of science.
The Women in STEM scholarship programme of the British Council is part of a global partnership with 19 UK universities to benefit women from various countries. The British Council Bangladesh is seeking female candidates with a STEM background who can demonstrate their need for financial support and who wish to inspire future generations of women to pursue careers in STEM.
Candidates will receive numerous benefits like economic support, including: tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa, health coverage fees, exceptional care for mothers, and help with the English language.
Moreover, the candidates will get the opportunity to attend prestigious universities in the UK. UK universities are amongst the world's leaders in STEM subjects.
David Maynard, director of education of the British Council, joined her to talk about the Women in STEM scholarships programme offered by the British Council in various STEM subjects, including Energy Transition, Climate Change and Health and Life Sciences.
Jara reflected on her experience as a doctor in the NHS and her inspiration to develop content for social media to tackle misinformation around Covid-19, which eventually led to other health related content that people also found useful.
After completing her degree at Dhaka Medical College, Dr Tasnim Jara applied for a master's degree at Oxford and got her license to practice medicine in the UK while studying there. She also stated that the quality of education pre- and post-pandemic in the UK remains the same although some of it had to move online.
For further information and application processes can be found in the following website: https://bdbritish.org/womeninstem.