3 Delhi University students selected for Rhodes Scholarship 2023, Know details about this scholarship

Rhodes Scholarship: Five Indian students have been selected for the Rhodes Scholars-Elect for India 2023. The candidates were selected after a competitive examination application process and one round of preliminary interviews. The students will head to Oxford University in October 2023 to join a cohort of more than 100 scholars hailing from around the world to undertake fully sponsored post-graduate studies. Click here to join telegram/ whatsapp study group →

The Rhodes Scholarship is the world’s oldest graduate fellowship, based at the University of Oxford since 1903. Students from anywhere in the world can apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.

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The 5 students selected from India for Rhodes Scholarship are:

Hansa Mukherjee – Hansa is a final-year economics student at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She is interested in researching social and behavioural interventions for improving women’s healthcare outcomes.

Syed Muhammed Khalid – Khalid is a final year English student at St Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. He is interested in literature and the documentation of people’s stories and movements. He aims to study Indian Muslims in South Asia to better understand the diversity within the community and the ways in which they respond to pressures on their identity.

Vedanta Thapar – Vedanta is a final year physics student at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.  At Oxford he aims to study mathematical modelling and scientific computing with a focus on climate dynamics and its associated policy challenges. 

Daksh Walia – Daksh is a final year master’s student of Economics at Ashoka University. He is interested in studying labour economics, particularly the determinants of female labour force participation in India, and understanding the economics of climate change.

Dr Kirtana Sivasubramanian – Kirtana graduated with an MBBS from Government Medical College, Omandurar Government Estate, Chennai. At Oxford, she looks forward to exploring fundamental concepts of T-cell biology that might enhance immunotherapy for cancer and autoimmune conditions.

What is Rhodes Scholarship?

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. Established in 1902, it is the oldest graduate scholarship in the world. It is considered among the world’s most prestigious international scholarship programs.

Its founder, Cecil John Rhodes, wanted to promote unity among English-speaking nations and instill a sense of civic-minded leadership and moral fortitude in future leaders, irrespective of their chosen career paths. Initially restricted to male applicants from countries that are today within the Commonwealth, Germany and the United States, the scholarship is now open to applicants from all backgrounds and genders around the world.

Since its creation, controversy has surrounded its initial exclusion of women, its historical failure to select black Africans, and Cecil Rhodes’s own standing as a British imperialist.

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