Award-winning Bollywood actor Nandita Das and head of the Godrej India Culture Lab Parmesh Shahani have been named 2014 Yale World Fellows, taking the number of Indians selected for the prestigious club to 15.

Das and Shahani are among 16 World Fellows selected in 2014 from a pool of about 4,000 applicants.

With the addition of Das and Shahani, the global Yale World Fellows network now includes 15 Indian Fellows, more than any other country since the programme was established in 2002.

The 2014 group also includes an Italian robotics engineer, a Pakistani lawyer, a Syrian peace activist and a 2012 candidate for President of Iceland. This year’s cohort brings the total number of Yale World Fellows since the programme’s inception in 2002 to 257 Fellows.

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