Trust Director visits India
The vision for the University of Cambridge’s strategic engagement with India focuses primarily on collaborative research partnerships, in recognition of India’s significant and growing intellectual capital and research capacity, coupled with the opportunity to enhance existing, long-standing academic partnerships between the University’s academics and their Indian counterparts.
The role of the Vice-Chancellor’s Circle of Advisors is to guide and assist existing collaborations between Cambridge and India, and facilitate the establishment and development of new research partnerships.
Helen gave a presentation, ‘Nurturing Talent’, which looked at scholarship opportunities for outstanding Indian students wishing to study at the University of Cambridge, and the process involved in applying for admission.
Helen was joined by Cambridge Trust alumnus, Prashanth Venkatarama, the first recipient of a Pemanda Monappa Scholarship in 2010, who completed a Masters’ degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development. Prashanth spoke about a start-up Indian social enterprise he founded following his graduation, Essmart Global, which came up with an innovative solution to one of India’s biggest development challenges – helping the rural poor easily access basics such as clean drinking water and electricity.
Siddhant Jayakumar, an undergraduate Cambridge Trust scholar who is currently studying Computer Science, completed the presentation by talking about his time in Cambridge since he won a prestigious Manmohan Singh Scholarship in 2013, and the impact of receiving such a prestigious award.
Helen was also invited by two Trust alumni, Professor Shashikumar Chitre and Dr. Manjiri Kamat, to give a lecture on scholarship opportunities for study in Cambridge at the University of Mumbai. The event, chaired by the recently-appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, was held in the Sir Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan auditorium at the Kalina campus, and attracted a large audience of lecturers and students, as well as prospective applicants. The lecture was followed by a lively interactive session with the audience.