Mumbai: Asiya Islam, an alumna of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is among the six Indian students awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship 2015 - known to choose the world's most socially committed people with outstanding academic records.
Asiya Islam and the five other Indian students are among the 54 students from 28 countries who have been selected for the highly competitive scholarships.
Other Indians besides Asiya Islam are: Shraddha Kaur, Sneha Shashidhara, Ananthanarayanan Kumar, Sridhar Rajan Jagannathan and Saba Sharma, according to the list released by the Gates Cambridge Wednesday.
These scholars were chosen in the International selection round and will join the 40 new American Gates Cambridge scholars, who were selected after interviews in USA in February.
The list also has names of three students - Fahad Rahman, Fazal Hadi, and Aliya Khalid from Pakistan whereas one student, Dina Tahboub, from Palestine.
All of these students have been selected on the basis of their leadership capacity, commitment to improving the lives of others, intellectual ability and their academic fit with Cambridge. Out of a total 3,535 applications, only 54 have made it to the programme.
"The Scholars are truly remarkable and inspiring individuals and showed at interview that they fit the mission of the Scholarship by their commitment to using their academic skills and leadership capacity to improve the lives of others", Professor Barry Everitt, Provost (CEO) of the Gates Cambridge Trust said.
These students will begin their postgraduate courses at Cambridge University, UK in October this year.
While Asiya Islam has been awarded the scholarship to pursue PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, other will be studying Ph.D in Psychology, Ph.D in Biological Science, Ph.D in Bio Science, Ph.D in Psychology and Ph.D in Geography, respectively.
"At the Department of Sociology, Cambridge, I will be researching the experiences of women, who migrate from small towns to the increasingly globalised city of New Delhi, specifically how they negotiate their mobility within the context of the heightened discourse on sexual violence in the city", Asiya's profile posted on the website read.
"I’m both intellectually and personally invested in the research. I grew up in the small city of Aligarh in India and studied at Aligarh Muslim University where I became politically involved in issues of gender equality", she added.
"Through my research, I hope to develop a sophisticated understanding of sexual violence in India which may influence policy responses to the issue in the country and more widely", the post read.
The Gates Cambridge scholarship was set up in 2000 by Bill and Melinda Gates. The programme aims at building a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. The Gates Cambridge scholarship is awarded to candidates from countries other than the UK to attend a full-time postgraduate degree.