Indian student Uttam Kumar has beaten more than 37,000 competitors from around the world to win the Australian government’s prestigious Win Your Future Unlimited competition.
His prize includes 12 months’ study at Australia’s world-class University of New South Wales (UNSW), air travel, free accommodation for a year, a generous stipend and an exclusive internship on the completion of his studies.
The 22-year-old Kumar, a final year student at IIT Delhi, now plans to study for his Masters Degree in materials science at the UNSW, recognised as one of the top 100 engineering and technology schools in the world.
“I just saw the ad one day and decided to apply. Besides writing a brief, we had to make a postcard depicting our dreams,” Kumar said.
“I made a postcard which showed steps to be taken for environmental sustainability. I would love to work in this field and want to make materials that are eco-friendly,” he told HT.
Australian high commissioner to India Patrick Suckling congratulated Uttam on his achievement and wished him well for his studies in Australia.
“Winning this competition will open up a world of new opportunities for Uttam, and I’m delighted he’s got the opportunity to pursue his dreams in Australia,” Suckling said.
The Win Your Future Unlimited competition, organised by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), challenged students to design a digital postcard explaining how an Australian education could help realise their future dreams.
“He joins a growing number of Indian students studying in our world-class education system, and no doubt Australians studying with him will benefit from the exchange, just as hundreds of thousands do in our education system around Australia every year,” the citation said.
Uttam’s research will focus on the development of environment-friendly fibres and reducing petroleum related pollution.