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October 16, 2021

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development awards scholarships to eight Indian students

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Photo: An Announcement from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

Oxford, UK. October 16, 2021 — The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford, has awarded scholarships to eight Indian students. They will take their places at the University of Oxford in October 2021. The students will pursue research on India’s sustainable development topics ranging from solar cells and renewable energy to the role of diverse communities in shaping urban landscapes in South Asia.

Including the existing scholars, the OICSD cohort for the academic year 2021-22 has grown to 21 students - which is the largest cohort of scholars the Centre has supported since its inception in 2013.

Candidates are selected based on their academic merit and the alignment of their work with the Centre’s impact themes such as climate change, energy, cities, healthcare technology, biodiversity, and conservation, among others.

The Centre has funded the postgraduate studies of a total of 43 Indian students to date. Most of these have returned to India upon their graduation to work in law, governance, conservation, and social development, thereby carrying forward the Centre’s ambition of developing ‘brain gain’ for India.

This year, the Centre has awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi scholarships to Snigdha Lal and Karthik Ganesh to pursue their DPhil research in Condensed Matter Physics and Inorganic Chemistry.

Snigdha Lal would research the fundamental properties of various solar cells. “I want to use my research to create the greatest impact in the field of clean energy, especially for countries such as India,” said Snigdha, who previously did her undergraduate studies in IIT-Bombay and master’s in chemical engineering at TU Delft, Netherlands.

The Indira Gandhi scholarships were instituted at the OICSD through a joint endowment by the Government of India and the University of Oxford to research the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in India.

The Centre has also awarded the Gopal Subramanium scholarship to Swapnil Tripathi for pursuing a DPhil in Law.

This year, the OICSD has awarded Indira Gandhi-Radhakrishnan scholarships to Mrinalini Mitra and Sumedha Chakravarthy to pursue a one-year master’s degree in Modern South Asian Studies.

Each year, the Centre awards partial scholarships for postgraduate studies in law through generous donations from Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla & Co, and Mr. Hemant Sahai, Founding Partner of HSA Advocates. The supporters of the Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship are distinguished friends from the Indian legal and business community. They include Dr. Pheroza Godrej, Senior Counsel Darius J Khambata, and Senior Advocate Harin Raval.

This year, the Ratanshaw Bomanji Zaiwalla scholarship was awarded to Sarvatrajit Singh Jajmann for an MSc in Law and Finance. In addition, the HSA Advocates scholarship and the Cornelia Sorabji scholarship were awarded to Avani Agarwal and Shubrojyoti Mookherjee, respectively, for the BCL degree.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) is a unique Oxford-India partnership created to advance research on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in India.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development will help shape the next century of India’s growth by educating, connecting, and supporting its future leaders in sustainable development and by forging lasting partnerships between Indian institutions and the University of Oxford.

Source: Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford.


— The editor is an Oxford Alumni Card Holder and an Oxford & Cambridge Society of India Member.

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