The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation recently announced its winners of the Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. This much awaited announcement has proved ac source of much cheer for those seeking Humanities Scholarships and Fellowships in India. Join us as we introduce these four bright minds of whom we are so proud and keen to be a part of their life’s journey.
Mahesh C.R., from Hyderabad is a remarkable young man. An Engineer by qualification, Mahesh got involved with grassroots issues in India after her spent time as a senior consultant with Ernst & Young leading the largest skill development program envisioned in Bangladesh. He has been instrumental in empowering over 10,000 students with training and skill building. Mahesh has sold newspapers, catered food, worked part time in his young existence. All of this gave him an understanding of the nuances of skill development and the importance of tackling unemployment. He seeks to work with a policy think tank of the Government of India for which his Masters in Public Policy and administration at Harvard will be of immense help.
Mahesh says “Government spending on social change is the largest in any country’s economy. Efficient utilization of these resources is the biggest way to impact people’s lives. The desire to be a part of the Political system and bring about social change is what inspired me to pursue this program. The fellowship serves as an encouragement and helps me focus on making best use of the time and resources here at Harvard” Recently, the South Asia Institute at Harvard hosted India’s Honorable Finance Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley for a talk on tax reforms. Mahesh helped organize this event and represented India at Harvard.
Raghuveer Meena from Bhilwara, Rajasthan is pursuing his Masters of Law in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School, Washington DC, USA. His love for art and creativity and a deep passion to protect it converged to inspire him to pursue Intellectual Property Law.
Raghuveer has an interesting and inspiring story. The son of a constable, Raghuveer spent his youth shuttling from one state to another till class X, from Hindi medium Government schools. He was deeply passionate about law and applied to NLSIU (National Law School of India University), one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. Not only did he have to learn English very quickly to compete with thousands of bright minds, but he also ended up topping the class!. He was the first person from his district to graduate from the best law school in India.
What few may know about Raghuveer is that he has consciously cultivated a deep interest in photography. Even though he didn’t even own his own camera he made it a habit to put a watermark on his work to protect his property. This was his point of entry into the field of IPR and Competition Law to protect creations of artists and inventors.
Ranjita Ganesan, from Thane, Maharashtra is pursuing her Master of Arts in Iranian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
In her words “An appetite for Persian cinema and arts made me curious about the region and encouraged me to examine Iran’s significant archive of politics, philosophy, poetry, and pain. This Fellowship award is truly heartening as it supports the pursuit of area studies, a relatively under-explored discipline within the liberal arts”
The daughter of a Mechanical Engineer, Ranjita has a diploma in Print Journalism and has spent time with Hindustan times as an intern and Business Standard as a Princopal Feature writer. She was awarded the “Business Standard – Seema Nazareth Award”for excellence in print journalism in 2013. She has faced rejection as a junior reporter, being turned away for being too young and inexperienced, and has proved her resilience in this field. She plans to seek opportunities with KR Cama Oriental Institute, Pune’s BORI and UNESCO- Parzor to research aspects of the arts, culture and politics of Peria as she believes ideas and wisdom from such significantly old cultures are somewhat overlooked and could be extremely valuable as the common record of the human experience today.
Sonali Udaybabu from Bangalore, Karnataka believes that honing the personal voice to make art can have the universal power to create progress and change. This is precisely why she has chosen to study towards her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, USA. She has designed and conducted a workshop on “Having your privacy and keeping it too”online safety strategies to protect human rights and advocacy, supported by the Quill Foundation. She wants to make films about India that push boundaries of form and content. Her prior experience as a hybrid media professional and part time co – editor for In Plainspeak, an online magazine on sexuality in Global South inspired her to add documentary filmmaking as yet another talent she could use as a medium for her core focus on activism for issues on gender, sexuality and human rights.