Tahlka News Bureau
New Delhi: It's a very proud moment that three Indian students got selected from 6,000 applicants among 90 gates Cambridge scholars from all over the world. The Students have got selected for postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge from the academic year beginning later this year.
The students who have qualified in the Gates Cambridge class of 2017 are Yaikhomba Mutum, Saloni Atal and Akhila Denduluri announced by university on Monday. The 90 scholars, including 35 from the US, together represent 34 nationalities.
Saloni Atal will study PhD in Psychology will explore innovative and culturally appropriate solutions to tackle the problem of gaps in access to mental healthcare in India. In partnership with local non-profit organisations, her PhD will assess the impact and feasibility of training non-specialists, particularly community health workers, to support the mental health needs of slum-dwelling women.
Akhila Denduluri will study PhD research in Chemistry will focus on developing biophysical tools to better understand and elucidate the protein chemistry and associated toxicity in neurodegenerative diseases.
Yaikhomba Mutum will pursue a PhD Biological Science at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, looking at the mechanism of active proton transport in Complex I, an enzyme involved in making energy rich ATP molecules. Its dysfunction causes neuromuscular diseases like the Leigh's syndrome.
The new scholars include Leena Dahal from Nepal who will pursue an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies to explore identity and intersectionality in the context of South Asia, specifically how social media helped or hindered nuanced discussion of nationalism and identity in response to the 2015 unofficial border blockade between Nepal and India.
The prestigious and fiercely competitive scholarships were awarded to 50 women and 40 men from a wide range of backgrounds. A total of 41 students will pursue a master's degree and 49 will pursue PhDs.
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: "Gates Cambridge Scholars come from all over the world, but they have some important things in common: great leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others and an unparalleled passion for learning."
Cambridge vice-chancellor and chair of the Gates Cambridge Board of Trustees, Leszek Borysiewicz, said: "Cambridge is a global university and the Gates Cambridge programme epitomises both its international, outward-looking nature and its mission to tackle global challenges and to improve the lives of others".