Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s credentials as an economist has been attested across sections. However, that has now lead to a viral post with a false claim.
A post put up by Facebook page Viral in India claims that Oxford University offers six scholarships in the name of the former prime minister.
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The claim is false. Oxford University offers no scholarship in Manmohan Singh’s name.
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The Viral in India post had 413 shares till this article was written. In fact, this post has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, as similar posts have been circulated earlier too.
The official website of Oxford University lists no such scholarship. The entire list of scholarships offered by Oxford can be accessed here.
The claim probably has its roots somewhere else. A The Hindu article from 2009 reports that Cambridge University announced a new scholarship programme for Indian students in honour of Manmohan Singh.
“The Manmohan Singh Under-Graduate Scholarship Programme starting from 2010 will provide full funding, covering fees and means-tested maintenance for under-graduate study in any subject at any of the colleges that are part of the university,” the report says.
A notification on the official website of Cambridge University confirms the same.
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