Savitribai Phule Graduate Scholarship

Did you know that there is a scholarship that makes pursuing your postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford more accessible?

The Savitribai Phule Graduate Scholarship is a scholarship for Indian students from Dalit, Bahujan, and Adivasi (SC/ST/OBC) backgrounds and/or first-generation students.

It covers course fees and offers a grant for living costs.

The scholarship is offered by the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
• Academic merit
• Relevance of studies to the Centre’s interdisciplinary aims
• Understanding of the development challenges faced by India.
• Leadership and entrepreneurial potential
• Financial need

Application Process
With only one seat available for the scholarship, it is incredibly competitive.
The application process will open in September 2023. For more information, please visit the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development website.

This scholarship is a great opportunity for students from marginalized communities to pursue their graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Reimagining Data into Creative Solutions

The high school students enrolled in the Emerging India Research Program can access data spanning across 6.6 lacs villages in a matter of seconds… Can you?

Learning about Mission Antyodaya and how to access it with Sandeep Ghosh and Manmeet Kaur during the Emerging India Research Program session was extremely valuable.

Mission Antyodaya is a convergence and accountability framework that comprises the largest rural survey in the world. Its database helps determine the best use of resources for rural development in the country.

This session exemplified one of the key components of the Emerging India Research Program- the benefits of working with industry experts. Their session gave us a deep understanding of what kind of data can be found and used. Most importantly, this session demonstrated how data can be used to develop extremely relevant and creative solutions such as the Rural Quality of Life Index.

Can you think of any creative solutions?

Intersectionality and Rural India: Need for Research

26th June 2023 was the first day of the Emerging India Research Program (EIRP). We have a diverse cohort with 22 students, from grades 9-12 in different schools such as Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Step by Step, American School of Dubai, Vidya Gyan, Vasant Valley, Shri Ram and many more. We had four sessions with industry experts, on public health, agriculture, and research and data.

We had an interesting conversation with Krishnan Pallassana, about #climate change, #agriculture and #intersectionality.

Did you know that 75% of agricultural work is done by women? Yet when asked about farmers, most of us would conjure up images of a man working the field… Surprisingly they own only 12.8% of agricultural land.

#Women in agriculture bear a massive burden for and because of our society. They shoulder the responsibility for #food security and contribute 5% to the total GDP for agriculture. Due to the combination of the gender divide and the impact of climate change on agriculture, women farmers are becoming more and more vulnerable.

Students could research the systems sustaining these disparities, how and why their work goes unrecognized, and how the law can protect women in agriculture.

The Emerging India Research Program trains students to write well-researched, thought-provoking pieces on relevant themes in India. This program sharpens critical thinking and research skills and moulds students into thoughtful, well-informed adults.

We are excited to see their insights on intersectionality, agriculture and climate change!

Kavita Singh PPE Essay Prize, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

I am thrilled to share with you that St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford has honored me by naming their flagship Philosophy, Politics and Economics essay competition after me.

The Kavita Singh PPE Essay Competition organized by St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford is open to State school students in the UK or international students in the Sixth Form (grades 11 and 12). Students can win a prize worth up to £500 and the deadline is 28th July 2023.

With my passion for education and widening access, I am excited that the 3 essay prompts are not only thought-provoking but also delve into important contemporary issues such as democratic institutions, wealth tax, and the association of identity with the mind and the body.

The Kavita Singh PPE Essay Competition essay competition can help students hone their critical thinking skills, explore their interests in Philosophy, Politics, or Economics, and display their academic prowess to boost their chances of getting into top universities globally.

Students can select one of the 3 essay prompts are based on the three areas of the interdisciplinary major- Philosophy, Politics and Economics and are as follows:

Suppose technology advanced to such an extent that brain transplants became possible and someone else’s brain was implanted into your body, while yours was implanted into theirs. Would you emerge from this process with a new brain, or with a new body? Or would neither of these descriptions of the situation be correct?

Can we design democratic institutions that take into account the full preferences of the majority and where group decision-making is stable and where the process satisfies minimal conditions of fairness?

Recent years have seen an active public debate on the merits and costs of wealth taxes. What problems (if any) could a wealth tax solve and what are the expected economic costs of such a tax?

The entries need to be between 2000-4000 words and must be submitted alongside the Kavita Singh Prize Cover Sheet which is available on the website.

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