Gates Scholarship of Cambridge University: 3 Indians Among the 90 Selected

Published: | April 12, 2017
Gates Scholarship of Cambridge University: 3 Indians Among the 90 Selected
A total of three Indians have been selected to be among the 90 Gates Cambridge scholars who will take up postgraduate studies at the prestigious Cambridge University.

A total of three Indians have been selected to be among the 90 Gates Cambridge scholars who will take up postgraduate studies at the prestigious Cambridge University. Almost 6,000 applications were received for the same, the academic session for which is scheduled to begin this year in 2017.

The University announced the list of the selected students on Monday, 10th April 2017.

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Indian scholars selected:

Name Course/ Specialisation Purpose/ Focus Points
Saloni Atal Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Work towards devising culturally appropriate as well as innovative solutions in order to deal with the problem of gaps in accessibility of mental health in India.
  • Her Ph.D. will also take into account the feasibility and impact of training community health workers who can support the mental health needs of the group of slum-dwelling women.
Yaikhomba Mutum Ph.D. in Biological Science
  • Work towards looking at the mechanism of active proton transport in Complex I which is an enzyme involved in making energy-rich ATP molecules.
  • The study is important because its dysfunction can cause neuromuscular diseases such as the Leigh’s syndrome.
Akhila Denduluri Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • The primary focus will be to develop a variety of biophysical tools that can help understand and elucidate the protein chemistry, as well as the associated toxicity in some neurodegenerative diseases.

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Apart from the above-mentioned, Ms. Leena Dahal (Nepal) will further pursue an M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies at the university. She will explore the identity and intersectionality with respect to South Asia.

More Facts about the Cambridge Scholarship 2017:

  • Among the 90 scholars who have been selected, 40 are men while 50 are women who belong to varied backgrounds.
  • 49 students will pursue Ph.Ds and 41 students will take up Master's degree.
  • All the scholars represent a total of 34 nationalities.
  • 35 scholars have been selected from the United States of America alone.
  • Selection of applicants is based on their academic background. Mostly those candidates are chosen who are likely to turn into eminent leaders across all fields.

While speaking about the Gates Cambridge Scholars, Bill Gates who is the Co-chair of the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation said these scholars, irrespective from which region or country they come from, they have few important things in common. These include:

  • Commitment towards improving the lives of others
  • Great leadership potential
  • Unparalleled passion for learning

Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-chancellor of Cambridge & the Chair of Gates Cambridge Board of Trustees said that the primary aim of Cambridge is to tackle various global challenges and further improve the lives of others.

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