Recipients of the Rhodes Scholarships for India make an illustrious list with prominent personalities such as Olympian Ranjit Bhatia, playwright Girish Karnad, and economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia all having won the prestigious post graduate scholarship to study at University of Oxford.
Each year the committee selects five scholars from India with exceptional intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. This year the committee was led by Kumar Mangalam Birla and included the Warden of Rhodes House Mr. Charles Conn and notable Indian Rhodes Scholarship Alumni – Ms. Rukmini Banerji, Mr. Mahesh Rangarajan, Ms. Sagarika Ghose, Mr. Nandan Kamath and Mr. Prashant Sarin.
This year, the five scholars from India are from diverse backgrounds. Sanya Samtani a final year law student at the NALSAR University of Law, Bangalore, intends to read for a BCL degree at the University of Oxford while Sonali Chowdhry, an economics graduate from Miranda House and currently on a Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University, intends to study economics for development. Mayanka Mukherji is a final year sociology student at Lady Shri Ram College for Women and wishes to pursue an M.Phil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology. A final year law student at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Mansi Sood also wishes to pursue BCL at the University of Oxford. The sole male in the bunch, Carl Britto, a final year medical student at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore intends to enroll in the D. Phil program in Primary Health.
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students and enable two to three years (depending on the academic route taken) of study at the University of Oxford, the oldest and amongst the most prestigious universities in the world. Since Independence of India, there have been 202 Rhodes Scholars from India.
Source: Press Release, The Rhodes Scholarships