Three outstanding students from Bangalore, Kolkata and Mumbai are destined to receive the 2010 Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship to fund their undergraduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
The Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship programme was established in 2009 in honour of India’s Prime Minister who graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First in Economics in the late 1950s, and who was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2006. The Scholarship is awarded to students who have received an offer of a place at the University of Cambridge. Two of the three places offered by University of Cambridge are conditional on these students achieving specific grades.
The Scholarship programme will provide full funding, covering fees and means-tested maintenance for undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge, and was launched to provide financial assistance to exceptional students in India who would not otherwise be able to afford to go to Cambridge.
The Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships will be awarded to Neal Duggal from Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, Jesika Haria from Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, and Rudrajit Banerjee from The Cambridge School, Kolkata. Neal Duggal and Jesika Haria have received conditional offers of places to St John’s College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to study for degrees in Economics and Engineering respectively, while Rudrajit Banerjee has received an unconditional offer to study Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge.
All three students received Cambridge Outstanding Achiever Awards in 2008 for their exceptional performance in their Cambridge examinations. Neal Duggal won the Top in India award for Cambridge IGCSE Chemistry; Jesika Haria came Top in India for her performance across six Cambridge IGCSE subjects, and also won awards for Cambridge IGCSE Literature (English), Foreign Language French, Additional Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics; Rudrajit Banerjee won the Top in India award for Cambridge International A Level Physics.
More than 200 schools in India currently offer Cambridge international examinations, including Cambridge IGCSEs and Cambridge International A Levels.
The Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships are administered by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, a charity established by the University of Cambridge, and were launched with gifts from Sir Evelyn and Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild through the Eranda Foundation, and from the Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal-led company, Bharti Airtel (through the Bharti Foundation). The fund is underpinned by substantial funding through Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University and the parent of University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Professor Alison Richard, who has recently returned from a visit to India, said: ‘I am so pleased to be congratulating these wonderfully able young people and to say how much we are all looking forward to their arrival in Cambridge. The long standing bonds between Cambridge and India are made even deeper with the inauguration of the Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship scheme. The University is honoured that these scholarships are in the name of the Prime Minister, and deeply grateful for the vision and generous support of the donors.’
CIE Regional Manager, South Asia, Ian Chambers said the Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for talented students to make their mark on the world.
‘We are thrilled to be able to announce the recipients of the Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships. We would like to congratulate Neal, Rudrajit and Jesika on their landmark success. These students are immensely deserving of this scholarship. Their consistent academic performance shows their commitment to their chosen fields of study. This opportunity to study at the University of Cambridge without financial burden will allow them to attend one of the world’s top universities, and become one of the world’s future leaders. We wish them every success.’