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Updated: April 10, 2010 10:24 IST

Indian student wins Gates scholarship

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Aditi Malik.
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Aditi Malik.

An Indian human rights student has won the prestigious Gates scholarship and will take up her place at the Cambridge University in the autumn.

Aditi Malik from New Delhi is among 80 graduate students from 26 countries who have been selected for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships from more than 7,000 applicants. The scholarship programme celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The university said the programme, set up in 2000 and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, enabled postgraduates with a strong interest in social leadership and responsibility to study at Cambridge.

“This year's scholars combine a strong academic record with highly developed social leadership skills,” it said.

Ultimate aim

Ms. Malik said: “My ultimate aim is to receive a Ph.D and become a university professor in India, where I believe the academic community on human rights discourse needs to be strengthened.”

She did her undergraduate degree in Government and Economics at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, U.S., and was given the Henry S. Williamson Award, the college's most prestigious award for academic and extra-curricular achievement given to a member of the graduating class. As an undergraduate, she conducted research on the death penalty in India and worked with asylum seekers in America.

At Cambridge, she will study for an M.Phil in International Relations focusing on the theoretical and practical tensions between state sovereignty and human rights.

Gordon Johnson, Provost (CEO) of the Gates Cambridge Trust, said: “We are delighted to have selected 80 new Gates Scholars for entry in October 2010. It's very thrilling that within 10 years we have awarded nearly 1,000 scholarships to students from 92 countries to follow a graduate course in Cambridge.”

A great award for a worthy candidate. Kudos !

from:  Jay Merchant
Posted on: Apr 12, 2010 at 21:47 IST

I think its imperative that a certain amount of research needs to be done prior to reporting things like this. A Gates Scholarship is indeed an achievement, but by no means something that deserves a headline with a stature similar to a Nobel or a Fields Medal. The news article itself mentions that some 80 scholars were elected this year. Every now and then there is a student that comes up from a poor background to win one of Rhodes or Gates -- which should figure in national news; not those who have been privileged enough to be students in U.S. Colleges. Like the O.P., I'm only dissatisfied with the reporting style, not the achievement itself.

from:  Amal Isaiah
Posted on: Apr 10, 2010 at 23:24 IST

Why is it a news? As if its the first time someone from India got the Gates Scholarship. Nothing to take away anything from the winner, but there were about 9 Gates Scholars in my batch at Cambridge. They were from India as well. Didn't expect people from Hindu to not know that this is not news. Anyway congratulations to the winner.

from:  Mohit Patel
Posted on: Apr 10, 2010 at 00:18 IST
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