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Lancaster University's scholarship tribute to Anuj Bidve

Anuj Bidve
Image caption Anuj Bidve was shot dead in Salford on 26 December

Lancaster University is setting up an annual scholarship in honour of a postgraduate student who was shot dead.

Indian student Anuj Bidve was studying engineering at Lancaster when he was killed in Salford on 26 December.

The scholarship will fund an engineering MSc for a student graduating from the University of Pune in India, where Mr Bidve studied.

Lancaster University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E Smith said it was a "fitting and lasting" tribute.

The scholarship, which is for fees and accommodation, has been agreed in line with the wishes of Mr Bidve's family.

He said Mr Bridve "was an outstanding student".

The university said it hoped the first student to receive the award would come to Lancaster in October 2012.

Mr Bidve was on a visit to Manchester with a group of university friends when he was shot in the head at close range as he walked along Ordsall Lane.

Kiaran Stapleton, 20, of Ordsall, has been charged with his murder.

He is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court in March.

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