A student of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) is among five Rhodes scholars – all women – selected this year to study for two-year masters programmes at the University of Oxford. Priyanka deSouza, 22, a fifth year dual degree student in energy engineering at IITB, will be pursuing a masters in environment change and management on the prestigious scholarship at Oxford next year.
The Rhodes Scholarships, instituted in 1902, will see the five Indian Rhodes scholars join 78 others from around the world. The new set of scholars was announced on Saturday.
“This is such a huge honour,” said deSouza. “It was very intimidating but also very enriching and exciting to go through the interview process.”
deSouza’s research interests are in the sphere of solar energy research. She has also represented India in chess and her institute in tennis. The selection criteria include academic and extra-curricular achievements as well as a social service record and leadership skills.
“I would like to continue with research in energy and also be involved in policy,” said deSouza who lives in Bandra. Both her parents are doctors and she went to Bombay Scottish School in Mahim till Class 10 and then finished Class 12 from Ruparel College in Matunga
The scholarship will cover all costs and will also include a stipend.
The other four scholars include two lawyers and two students from St Stephen’s College in Delhi. Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran who finished a degree in history will be pursuing a BA in the History of Art while Jalnidh Kaur will pursue an Mphil in Economics. Arushi Garg, from the NALSAR Law University in Hyderabad and Anupama Kumar from the National Law School of Indian University in Bangalore will both be pursuing further studies in law.