Two Mumbai students have been awarded the Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge this year.
Neil Satra of Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Bandra and Payoshaa Shah of Utpal Shanghvi School in Juhu were selected for the scholarships. Rishabh Bhargava from Seth Anandram Jaipuria School in Kanpur is the third scholarship recipient.
Last year, city girl Jesika Haria from Dhirubhai Ambani International School had received the scholarship to pursue a degree in Engineering at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
The scholarships are awarded to students who have received an offer of a place at the University of Cambridge.
While Satra will begin his degree in Computer Science at Pembroke College this October, Shah will pursue an undergraduate degree in politics, psychology and sociology at Newnham College from October 2012.
“I put everything into this application because it’s the only way I could have gotten to study psychology in the UK,” said Shah, who plans to major in the subject.
“I was keen to go to the best university for my course, and at Cambridge, there will be plenty of research opportunities for me,” she added.
The Dr Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship programme was established in 2009 in honour of India’s prime minister. Dr Manmohan Singh graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class in economics in the late 1950s, and was later awarded an honorary doctorate by the university in 2006.
The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust administers the scholarships.
“We congratulate the students on their awards, and wish them every success,” said a statement dated March 22, on the university website.
“It’s a prestigious honour for our student, for the school and for the country,” said Abha Dharam Pal, principal of Utpal Shanghvi School, who described scholarship awardee Shah, as a “very focussed girl”.