Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships 2012
Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College. He is widely acknowledged as the architect of the economic reforms that have helped propel India onto the World Stage. In honour of Dr Singh St John’s College, the University of Cambridge launched the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships in Delhi in 2007.
These awards will enable academically outstanding Indian students to come to St. John’s College, University of Cambridge to study for doctoral degrees in subjects like Science & Technology, Economics and Social Sciences.
Applications in Aerospace Engineering and Energy Studies will be of particular interest
The applicant should be:
- An Indian national with a valid Indian passport and currently based in India
- Below 35 years of age as on 31 December 2011
- Not already had significant exposure to UK education or received UK government funding.
- Should hold a Master’s (postgraduate) degree from a reputed/recognised India university/institution with a First Class award (UG and PG) in the relevant subject/field
- Evidence of leadership qualities (to be assessed from personal statements e.g. extracurricular activities and/or evidence of having made a difference to the country/society/participation in symposia in the relevant subject, or peer reviewed publication in the area.)
- Keen to pursue and should have identified a full time Doctoral Research degree from the University of Cambridge commencing by September/October 2012
- Fluent in spoken and written English
- Able to fulfil any other admission criteria laid down by the university.
The scholarships are fully funded:
- Academic fees
- International airfare
- Monthly stipend to cover living expenses
- UK Visa
Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellows Scheme 2012
PMRDFs will basically function as development facilitators, they will assist the Collector and his/her colleagues in each of the IAP districts and provide them with the necessary analysis of situations and how they should be handled.
The fellows would actively pursue a district programming approach following three key strategies given below:
- Strengthen the district resource base for programming by finding ways of resourcing all the planned activities and rational budgeting.
- Establish or strengthen systems by exploring alternative ways of delivering services to reach the most deprived communities.
- Trigger processes which would support the changes that have been envisioned in this approach (e.g. village planning).
- This would be complemented by a set of supportive actions such as building the capacity of district and block officials; triggering district-wide social mobilization processes particularly among the youth; achieve a ground swell of support and build strong relationships with the Panchayats.