The Irom Sharmila Scholarship was started in 2012 by Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar.
The award is awarded to someone on the following basis:
- Financial need
- Academic merit
- Contribution to society
- Suffering as a result of armed conflict.
The scholarship if awarded to one person is of Rs 50,000 and if jointly awarded then it is of Rs 60,000.
For the year 2016 this Irom Sharmila Scholarship has been jointly awarded to Rohit Vemula (post-orbituary) of Hyderabad Central University and Kanhaiya Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
This scholarship is awarded to them as they were student representatives seeking to strengthen India's constitutional democracy by upholding the constitutional ideals like:
- Right to life
- Inspiring many others across the country
The award will be given to a family member of Rohit Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar on behalf of JNUSU at the JNU administration block on Monday i.e. 21st March’16.
A formal announcement of the award will be made at a seminar in Delhi School of Economics.