The Chevening Scholarships programme started in 1984. It was originally called the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarships and Awards Scheme. A few years later the name was changed to Chevening - after Chevening House in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, which is currently the joint official residence of the Foreign Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Chevening Scholarships are for talented people who have been identified as potential future leaders across a wide range of fields including politics, business, the media, civil society, religion and academia

HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York with the Chevening scholars in Mumbai. Babita is seen seated in a black business suit (third from left)



Babita receiving the Chevening Scholarship from the British High Commissioner