Bhumika Modh, a fifth-year student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNLU), has become the first Asian girl to win a gold medal in the 43-year history of the International Institute Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.
Since 1969, the institute is organising a teaching session in international and comparative human rights law every year, with the direction of experts in the field from different regions of world. Around 300 participants from over 70 countries participate in the session.
Bhumika won the gold medal in diploma in international protection of human rights in France. She worked hard to outshine 300 participants at the international stage and made the country proud.
The three-week programme, which is held in July, is particularly intended for students, professors and researchers, national and international civil servants and members of NGOs.
"It was a difficult task. In the first stage, I have to compete with 300 participants to be among 30 short-listed candidates," said Bhumika. Only five students managed to qualify for the second stage, which consisted of a practical exercise, where each candidate had to prepare an argumentation and defend it orally, she said.
Bhumika qualified for the final round, in which she prepared a presentation in the form of an extempore discussion on a subject pertaining to international human rights protection against her French counterpart. "I was not aware that I am the first Asian girl to win gold medal. I only came to know about it in the award ceremony," she said.
Lauding her achievement, RGNLU vice-chancellor Paramjit S Jaswal said Bhumika has brought laurels not only to India but to entire Asia. "Her achievement is also a symbol of standard of education of the institute, which imparts best knowledge to law students," he said.