Since Dr Manmohan Singh donned his prime ministerial cap in 2004, the country had almost forgotten the academic that he is.
On Tuesday evening, the academician stood tall yet humble as representatives of his alma mater, St John’s College at the University of Cambridge, announced the launch of a scholarship in his name exclusively for Indian research scholars.
“To be honoured in this manner by such a great institution is more than what I can ask for and certainly more than what I had ever dreamt of,” Dr Singh said
He acknowledged the role of his teachers and tutors at Cambridge and also at Panjab University “who made it possible for me to take a scholarship and go to Cambridge.” The college has instituted four scholarships for Indian students to study for the M Phil and PhD programmes in the areas of science and technology, economics, social sciences and studies related to sustainable development, Prof Christopher Dobson, Master of St John’s college announced. The scholarship grants 35,000 pounds every year to PhD students for three years.
Dobson said the college, where the PM studied economics in the late 1950s, “holds Dr Singh in very great esteem.”