In the list of 55 academically brilliant and socially committed people across the globe who are selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, there are three Indians. Sagnik Dutta, Sampurna Chakrabarti and Malvika Nair are the three Indians in the list of candidates getting the scholarship this year.
The 55 scholars, featuring in the list are from 30 different countries, representing 68 universities. The scholars would study in 39 various university departments and become members of 24 colleges. In the list there are 36 women, who have clearly outnumbered 19 men that have got selected.
Sagnik Dutta was a journalist for a period of six year and has been a student of University of Calcutta. He would do a PhD in Politics and International Studies, while Sampurna Chakraborty would do a PhD in Pharmacology. Chakrabarti further added, “I will be studying drug targets for arthritic pain in the lab of Dr. Ewan St. John Smith at the Department of Pharmacology. My research will help understand arthritis and pain pathologies that affect millions of people worldwide.”
Malvika Nair had completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in material science from University of Cambridge and would study PhD in Materials Sciences. The selection of the candidates for the scholarship is done through their academic record and leadership qualities to transform in the various fields of endeavor. According to the CEO of Gates Cambridge Trust Professor Barry Everitt, “We are delighted to have awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships to 55 outstanding individuals from such a wide spread of countries and backgrounds.”