19 young Indian students have become recipients of a prestigious new University of Sydney scholarship programme designed specially for Indian students – Sydney Scholars India Scholarship.
The students include Madhullikaa Singh from Bombay and Aryan Bhatia from Delhi, who each received A$20,000 for their Bachelors’ degree programmes.
Worth A$500,000 per annum in total, the Sydney Scholars India Scholarship includes ten A$20,000 per annum grants and fifteen A$10,000 grants besides the two major grants of A$50,000 per annum.
The first cohort of the scholars programme was welcomed to the University in an induction ceremony recently.
Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Vice-Principal of External Relations at the University of Sydney, told Indian Link: “I was overwhelmed at how bright and clever, articulate and visionary these students are. We are really proud to have them here at the University of Sydney.”
In order to receive the University of Sydney scholarship, the Indian students went through a rigorous selection process.
The students had to demonstrate a strong academic record to meet the university’s entry requirements, as well as writing a paper on their ‘big idea’ to improve Indian society.
University of Sydney Indian scholarship to support the ‘big ideas’
Aryan Bhatia, a Bachelor of Engineering Honours student, wrote his paper about one of India’s most pressing agriculture problems: wasting crop wastage. 40% of India’s crop is currently wasted as it does not get to the storage facilities in time.
Having grown up on a farm, Aryan is passionate about improving the efficiency of the agriculture sector. His ‘big idea’ is to create an app that farmers can use to notify buyers as soon as the harvest takes place.
Madhullikaa Singh, a Bachelor of Arts and Advanced Studies student, focussed more on changing social attitudes. Her well-established Instagram blog Talk the Taboo was central to her submission in which she demonstrated her efforts in sparking conversations about topics such as mental health, LGBTQI rights, sexual assault and menstruation.
Speaking to Indian Link, Madhullikaa said: “The idea of social media is to connect, but that’s not possible if you’re putting out carefully chosen pics of yourself. I focus on people in my life who lead far from perfect lives….”
Of the 70,000 students currently enrolled at the university, 41% are overseas students, Rhodes-Taylor revealed, adding that 140 countries are represented on the campus.
India makes up the second largest source of international students to Australia.
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