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Chandradeo Arya: BITS ( Pilani) Pilani
You can either give in or fight back

For Chandradeo Arya, entering BITS Pilani is not merely a gateway to quality education. It is the first step towards realising his dream of bringing simple and effective computing technology to India’s villages. Raised in Samastipur, a village in Bihar that is backward in every aspect, Chandradeo has seen poverty and deprivation very closely. This has driven him to somehow come out of the vicious circle of poverty and backwardness. Chandradeo looks at economic, social, and technical problems in depth and takes keen interest in innovating solutions – for which he has been recognised at state and national levels. Chandradeo has always been passionate about science and technology and his aim is to make computers more effective and user-friendly.
Soumya Sucharita: BITS ( Pilani) Pilani
Coder girl

Soumya Sucharita is passionate about computer science. She wants to explore the possibilities that it presents. Soumya was initiated into the field of computer science by her mother, who holds a degree in the subject. Soumya has learnt coding, web designing and artificial intelligence all on her own, by trial and error. Computer science will help her develop her logical and analytical skills which she plans to apply in diverse fields. Soumya believes in setting realistic, short-term goals and is more inclined towards the satisfaction that comes by achieving them than the money that they bring. Soumya wants to utilise the opportunities that BITS Pilani will bring her and decide on the area in which she wants to specialise.
Yimkum Ozukum: BITS ( Pilani) Pilani
Being good to himself and his people

As the eldest son in a family of moderate means, Yimkum learnt to handle responsibilities quite early in his life. Coming from the north-eastern state of Nagaland, Yimkum has seen how lack of proper infrastructure becomes an impediment in the growth of a region and its people. Absence of proper roads, transportation and structural connectivity inspired Yimkum to take up civil engineering at BITS Pilani. Yimkum loves challenges and always aims to outdo himself, not bothering about how others are faring. He hopes that a degree from BITS Pilani will transform him into a good leader and a good human being.
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Akarsh Shrivastava: IIM Ahmedabad
Do your best, and a little more

For twenty-two-year-old Akarsh Shrivastava, success did not come with just hard work. Consistent self-improvement, passion and clarity of purpose led this young talent to bag the Aditya Birla Group Scholarship for IIM-Ahmedabad. Akarsh is an engineer from IIT-Delhi, but he decided to pursue an MBA to get exposure in multiple sectors and choose his area of specialisation. He believes that academic success is not enough to reach where he aspires to be. So, instead of taking up the regular projects, Akarsh decided to take up a real-life problem for his B.Tech thesis — working with the Government of Punjab to assess the environmental impact of the Golden Temple. In spite of inadequate data or any precursor, Akarsh finished the project that was adjudged the best in the Department. As a professional, Akarsh’s role models are Nandan Nilekani and Raghuram Rajan.
Anand Krishnamurti Rao: IIM Ahmedabad
Leading from front

Diligence and discipline come naturally to Anand Krishnamurti Rao, which is probably why he was able to do equal justice to academics and extracurriculars in school. Anand is particularly passionate about leading others and setting trends. As head of the campus news body at IIT-M, he got an opportunity to create systems and hierarchies in an unorganised body, carving out clearly-defined roles for each of its 35 members. He tried to understand the issues faced by students and limitations faced by the management and even led the internal news body to a level where it became an interface between the management and students. As an intern at Texas Instruments India and L&T, Anand saw how business decisions drove technical strategy to maximise profitability, inspiring him to take up MBA at IIM-A. He believes management education will take him to positions from where he can lead, shape visions and drive people towards common goals.
Ankur Singh: IIM Kolkata
Learning to give back to his state

Ankur Singh wants to replicate the Amul cooperative movement in Bihar. He wishes to forge a strong association between farmer-bodies, NGOs, and financial and government agencies so that rural people get the benefit in the long term. Growing up in Bihar, Ankur Singh saw poverty and deprivation in rural areas from up close. He also saw how farmers had to move to other states as their own grappled with low agricultural productivity, sub-standard practices, and shoddy infrastructure.
After joining IIT-Delhi, Ankur started interning at Mother Dairy where he was exposed to the distribution model of poly-pack milk. He helped the organisation reduce lead time and vehicular breakdowns. That’s when the idea of doing something for the people of his state took seed. Since he liked operations, Ankur decided to make a career in it. He joined Deloitte as strategy and operations analyst. Working there, he realised that he wanted to handle operations in the Food and Beverages (F&B) industry and for that he had to hone his organisational skills and gather business knowledge. Moving to IIM-K was the next logical step, and he took it.
Apurva Jain: IIM Shillong
Healthcare is this juggler’s passion

Apurva Jain is a master of multi-tasking, and her strength lies is doing justice to each of her commitments. Her parents imbibed in her a strong sense of responsibility towards society and Apurva has decided to channelise her strengths in healthcare. Apurva is an engineer and technology is her passion. Once, while reading an article on the sorry state of healthcare in India, she realised that there was a desperate need for positive intervention in the field. She was keen to do something, but technology alone wasn’t enough in that pursuit. Developing and implementing an effective, sustainable and replicable model required a holistic approach and domain knowledge. Post MBA, Apurva aims to address the issues plaguing rural healthcare in India by bridging the gap between doctors and patients.

Adaptability and perseverance define Apurva. A married woman, she juggled a family marriage, her job and CAT preparation, and emerged a winner in each of them.
Arpit Agal: IIM Lucknow
Agent of change

Arpit was surrounded by numbers ever since he can remember. His mother was a teacher and Arpit was instinctively drawn to numbers. He spent considerable time on math puzzles and represented his school in competitions. A programme at IIT-Bombay exposed him to basic statistical principles underlying financial modelling and analysis. The CFA preparation gave him a theoretical understanding of the financial sector, boosting his interest in the field. A two-year stint at a financial services company gave him a wholesome picture of how the industry worked. Inclined towards bringing positive change, Arpit believes in starting it himself. At IIT-B, Arpit led a save-electricity campaign in his hostel. It was immensely successful, and translated into significant savings. It also reinforced his belief that everybody can be the change they wish to see.
Girish A: IIM Ahmedabad
Being the change

As part of a student group at IIT-M, Girish A learnt about the problems that people in rural India face. Having identified these, he moved to finding solutions, one of which is a library in a school for the underprivileged, set up with the help of some NGOs and individuals. For his final-year project, Girish developed a 3-D audio-based computer game for the visually impaired to boost their mobility. He remained closely associated with the National Service Scheme throughout his stay at IIT-M, turning it around into a vibrant initiative. It is the NSS that took him to the underprivileged sections of society. Girish has joined IIM-A to equip himself with the expertise required to achieve his goals --- one of which is a social enterprise that builds technology for the disabled. He believes that change is possible; it must be brought.
Harshita Kasarla: IIM Hyderabad
Enjoying is the best way of learning

Harshita Reddy Kasarla is an idealist who likes to learn what she enjoys, not what she must. And she enjoys analysis, inferential thinking, interpretation and understanding of complex issues. She has been bestowed with a gift of the gab, take prides in her skills at rhetoric and savours her ability to analyse logically. These qualities were complemented by her subjects in the International Baccalaureate programme – History, English literature and Economics. She realised that law formed the crux of each of these subjects. She enjoyed these subjects and she decided that she would also enjoy studying law.
For Harshitha, the journey is more important than the destination. She wants to enjoy learning about law over the next five years and hopes that her interests and strengths will evolve and reach a certain level of clarity for her to choose a field within law where she would want to make her career.
Kalpita Kaustubhan: IIM Kozhikode
Nothing short of excellent

Kalpita Kaustubhan excels in whatever she pursues. Kalpita graduated as a topper from the first all-woman Mechanical Engineering batch in India and she worked with a global MNC on its heavy-duty pump product line. She has also filed a patent in TV remote interactive technology and a company has expressed interest in building a prototype. Kalpita expects the patent to have commercial value, so she wants to prepare herself for entrepreneurship by acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills at IIM-K. In addition to being a technical expert, Kalpita is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. Her vision for the future is innovation. Having applied for patenting an idea already, Kalpita aims to come up with many more, including an innovative greeting card.
Rasna Goenka: IIM Kolkata
Making business of science

Ranchi-born Rasna Goenka loves self-reliance and science. And she has managed to find both. Her parents instilled in her the idea that self-reliance was an important step towards living a fulfilling life. Rasna can not only envision novel ideas, her strength lies in taking these ideas to fruition. At IIT-K, Rasna managed the rights to host the first-ever RoboCup in India, paving the way for the country to join the elite club of 18 nations to have their own RoboSoccer leagues. With this, she gave her peers and juniors enough ammunition to consider making robotics a career choice.
Finding equipment for robotics in Kharagpur was a challenge, but Rasna overcame it successfully by arranging an online ordering facility at discounted rates for the student community. She continued her zeal to take up challenges at Goldman Sachs, where she executed the process of on-boarding 13 differently-abled students in a GS-mentored college course. After her stint at IIM-K, Rasna wants to work as a consultant and get some exposure before starting her own business.
Sampanna Parhi: IIM Indore
Making the most of her journey

For NIT- (National Institute of Technology) graduate Sampanna Parhi, life is a voyage and finding happiness is its purpose. Sampanna is naturally interested in technology but she loves to dabble in various tasks. She participated in a variety of events at NIT that not only enhanced her technical aptitude but also taught her management and organisation. This is where the first seeds of her interest in management were sown. Nothing is enough for Sampanna, and this is what drives her to keep exploring constantly. Her decision to go for to an IIMs was also driven by this zeal to experiment. It was a logical step, given her love for business. But Sampanna has not restricted herself to a particular goal within the wide domain of business. She wants to enjoy her stint at IIMs, make the most of it, and decide the next course of action on her way.
Sayantan Maji: IIM Ahmedabad
Doing your bit is what matters

From his childhood, Sayantan Maji knew that education was the key to success. His father had a doctorate and his mother, an MBA degree. He had a strong academic background and wanted everybody to get the benefit of education. During his several visits to his ancestral village, he saw and understood how people lived and the issues they faced. This helped him find ways in which things could be changed for the better. At IIT-Delhi, he brought together like-minded students to work out solutions to problems through technology. He led a team that helped light up an entire slum through a very simple technology. He also created a system that enabled the visually-impaired to board buses effortlessly. This system was installed in DTC buses on a pilot basis. Sayantan hopes the degree from IIM-A will help his slum lighting project see the light of day.
Sharath Kotta: IIM Bangalore
Playing to his strength

Sharath Chandra Kotta had rickets when he was young, making it difficult to walk. Countless visits to doctors and his parents’ dedication helped him get better. It also taught him to be stronger and be prepared to take up challenges such as sport and even represent his club. He was good at science and numbers and in due course Sharath topped the CBSE exams and got admission into IIT-Madras. At IIT-M, Sharath took up applied research and worked on deciphering the handwriting of Parkinson’s disease patients. His upbringing had given Sharath independence of thought and the ability to resist outside influence. This is probably the quality that made it possible for him to opt for an intellectual property start-up despite having offers from top industrial conglomerates and universities. It was during his stint at the IP firm that he discovered his passion for venture capital firms. Today, all he wants to do is play an enabling role for businesses and he’s preparing himself for that with a management degree.
Siddharth Sharma: IIM Bangalore
Finance as game changer

Born into a family of academicians, Siddharth was inquisitive from a very young age. And though socio-political issues and public life interested him as a teenager, it wasn’t really his passion. When Siddharth was considering IIT-Kanpur, he still wasn’t sure what he would do, but he joined anyway since the institution was a perfect launch pad for a successful career. However, it was at IIT that Siddharth found his calling — finance, which he realised was a convergence of all the subjects he enjoyed. He also saw in it a potential to change people’s lives for the better. Siddharth taught himself the basics of financial markets and read extensively on the 2008 financial meltdown. An internship with Morgan Stanley brought home to him the importance of a management degree for a 360 degree view of business. Siddharth’s aim is to work at either a development bank, a financial newspaper or teach in college.
Somya Barpanda: IIM Kozhikode
Passionate about public policy

A graduate in economics, Somya Barpanda sees real-life economic situations in the light of logic and reasoning. Application of economic concepts in everyday life fascinates her. Somya wants to get a well-rounded higher education. Having learnt economic theory, she has now taken up management. At IIM-K, Somya aims to arm herself with problem-solving skills, organisation management, communication, and presentation skills, leadership and teamwork. Equipped with these competencies, Somya wants to enter the diverse field of management consulting, where she aims to specialise in public policy. Somya wants to effect a positive change in public policy through the medium of writing. She writes with passion, applying her knowledge and expertise to it. She has already written on the life of the Jarawa tribes in Andaman, and on direct economic incentives to tackle bureaucratic inefficiencies.
Sudhir Kumar Singh: IIM Indore
Success is finding a balance in life

Having seen the struggles that come with a humble background, Sudhir Kumar Singh wants to make it big in life. He has set high goals for himself and hopes to achieve them through hard work and determination. His diligence and persistence got Sudhir an entry into Electronics and Communication Engineering at NIT, Warangal, where he was awarded the best outgoing student award. During his stint at two global semiconductor companies, Sudhir found out that he did not want to limit himself to technical roles. Being a part of a firm’s long-term goals and taking business decisions interested him. The decision to enroll himself at IIM-I was a result of this realisation. He wanted to have a formal education in business administration, with an aim to carve out a career in management consulting. Sudhir believes that management consulting can give him exposure across industries and geographies, helping him to develop a holistic understanding of business management.
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Aditi Laddha: IIT Mumbai
Doing what she loves to do

Aditi Laddha was always curious to know why things were the way they were. When she looked around for answers, she realised her inclination towards science. Later, she decided to make a career in the subject. Aditi is very passionate about Physics, Mathematics and programming, and her parents have never objected to her choice of subjects. Aditi believes that computer science allows her to study topics of her interest and if it happens at IIT-B, she gets a platform to study computers comprehensively. The application of computers in science fascinates Aditi. In fact, she would like to get involved in computational science, particularly, computational physics. Once she completes her BTech, she wants to pursue MTech in computational sciences and then follow it up with a PhD. Aditi believes that by working in the field of computational science she can do her bit for society.
Anagh Prasad: IIT Delhi
Excellence is an ever-moving target

Academic excellence is Anagh Prasad’s signature. Anagh made his family of academicians proud by getting the first rank in JEE Main 2013. Anagh’s role models are his father who is a doctor and his mother, who is an IFS officer. Since a substantial part of his education was in London, and the rest was in Ranchi, Anagh has had global exposure and an Indian experience. Anagh decided to take up Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-Delhi because it caters to his special interest in logical reasoning and programming. He also wants to pursue higher education in the same field. His aim is to be a part of Indian Administrative Services. He believes that computer technology will play a pivotal role if he becomes an IAS officer.
Harman Kumar: IIT Delhi
Winning against all odds

Harman Kumar has never missed the Republic Day ceremony broadcast on television mostly because of his fascination with the weaponry displayed during the parade. From wondering, as a child, how these machines were made, to deciding, as a grown-up, to design them, Harman has known that weapon technology is his calling in life. Harman’s mother initiated him into the world of Mathematics and Science with her simple explanations and activity-based methods. By the time he was in class X, he had decided that eventually he would make designing high-precision weapons his calling. Taking up computer technology is the logical step in this direction for Harman as advanced knowledge of computer science is a prerequisite for learning weapons technology. Harman values determination and diligence and believes that they will take him to success in life.
Kartikeya Gupta: IIT Delhi
Striving for excellence

Kartikeya Gupta belongs to a family with a strong background in science, so he was naturally drawn towards science and mathematics. In addition, he is generally curious about things and eager to learn. Introduced to computer science during programming classes at school, Kartikeya started appreciating the versatility of computers. Kartikeya worked closely with his elder brother in learning the ropes of computer science during which he was exposed to the scope and intricacies of applied mathematics. Kartikeya’s long-term goal is to do research and earn a doctorate. He believes that pursuing PhD in his chosen field will allow him to excel in the field of technology. Kartikeya believes that passion for excellence can maximise his potential.
Kavin S: IIT Madras
Helping himself to help his parents

Young Kavin Kumar S knows exactly why he wants to pursue Engineering. To outsiders, Kavin’s father is a farmer and his mother a housewife. But for Kavin, his father is someone who sacrificed his own needs to give his son a good education and his mother is his motivational guru and a counselor. Kavin wants to study engineering to help these two people in his life. The second reason why Kavin wants to study Engineering is because he wants to develop software that makes it easier for people do things. Kavin also firmly believes in equality and fairness - so much so that he refused to use the OBC quota when he did not get admission to IIT-Bombay on merit. IIT-B is considered the best for computer science and Kavin could have studied there had he applied through the OBC quota. He did not, because he thought it would be unfair to other OBC students. Instead, he stuck to IIT-Madras.
Kumar Sambhava: IIT Delhi
Machines are his first love

Born and raised in Jamshedpur, Kumar Sambhava has been familiar with the hum of machines for as long as he can recall. He developed an innate curiosity towards the workings of a machine. Leading him in this quest for knowledge on machines was his father, a mechanical engineer. Today, Kumar Sambhava not only wants to learn but he has firmly decided that he wants to use mechanical engineering for the betterment of his country. He wants to design and build affordable and effective machines that will help people. Kumar already has a design for a machine that will enable the disabled to climb stairs. He wants to develop that machine going forward. He has taken the first step in this journey by joining the mechanical engineering course at IIT-Delhi.
Mohit Chhajed: IIT Guwahati
Giving his best at all times

Computers and gadgets are close to Mohit Chajjed’s heart. Mohit was introduced to computers at the age of eleven. He started with making logos, moved to designing and editing, but it was programming that caught his fancy. Mohit was never taught programming in school, but he was keenly interested. So, he took to books on programming and started experimenting on his personal computer. He decided to take up computer science in graduation, when he was told about IITs. Mohit put his heart and soul in preparation and did get into IIT-Guwahati. Post graduation, he wants to do research in computers and robotic programming and add an MTech degree to his resume.
Priyangshu Goswami: IIT Kanpur
Taking responsibility for his decisions

Priyangshu Goswami has always had a curious mind. Laboratories have intrigued him and he has read extensively on science since his childhood. By the time he was in standard IX, he knew his calling was science. At IIT-Kanpur, Priyanshu’s subject of choice was a BS in Physics. Post completion, he wants to pursue higher studies in a field of his choice.

Priyangshu thinks independently and takes his own decision. He is not a conformist and ensures that he knows why he does whatever he does. For instance, after he cleared JEE, Priyangshu’s friends asked him to join BTech in computer science. He was, however, interested in Physics, and he stuck to his guns. At the same time, Priyangshu does not disregard others’ advices and opinions. He likes to exchange views, but the ultimate decision is always his. He believes that freedom of choice comes with a responsibility. He thanks his parents for inculcating these values in him.
Ravichandra Addanki: IIT Mumbai
Putting logic to good use

Ravichandra Addanki likes to questions things around him. He enjoys science and is fascinated by logic. He has decided to take up engineering so that he can use logic to create something useful. Ravi’s objective of studying engineering at IIT-B is to be able to design any kind of computer programme that he wants. Ravichandra is a self-motivated person who believes he has an innate skill of being able to convince people. He wants to establish an Indian enterprise that makes computer hardware and software. Ravichandra takes keen interest in psychology; analysing people’s behavior is his hobby. He believes that as an entrepreneur he can utilise this quality to understand people working with him. Going forward, Ravichandra aims to set up a company that makes world-class computer software and hardware. He wants to make India self-sufficient in its computing needs. He also wants to make software and hardware affordable to every Indian.
Riya Bubna: IIT Kharagpur
Choosing her life

Riya Bubna was born in a conservative family, and not many in her family are educated. Yet, she understood the importance of education early in her life and decided to pursue it seriously. Riya’s interests are Mathematics and Science which is why she chose to go for Engineering. Once she’s out of IIT-K, Riya will take the Civil Services examinations and enter administrative services. Riya is pained by the state of politics and economy in India and wants to do something to improve it instead of complaining about it. Riya has made independent choices in life, be it for her studies or extracurricular interests. She takes pride in the fact that in spite of not having educated people around her, she has managed to make it to IIT-K. Her success has bolstered her confidence to set higher goals in life and achieve them.
Sachin Aggarwal: IIT Roorkee
Because nothing works better than hard work

Dedication and passion define Sachin Aggarwal. This IIT-Roorkee student comes from a family of little means and education. Struggling through scant resources, Sachin realised that his only recourse was to study hard and open avenues for himself. He loved computers and decided to build his career on them. With absolutely no one to guide him in his pursuit, Sachin was not even aware that institutions such as IITs existed. When he finally came to know about them, he joined a coaching class – but not before he had secured a 60% scholarship. To cover the rest, he gave tuitions in the mornings and evenings, took JEE coaching in the afternoon and studied at night. Sachin has no other aim now apart from becoming a highly-qualified engineer. He wants to study MTech and PhD post graduation, but for that he wants to take up a job and save money. And there are only three things that he is banking on to achieve his goals – dedication, confidence, and optimism.
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Akanksha Singh: XLRI Jamshedpur
Freedom comes with responsibility

Akanksha Singh does not want to leave any stone unturned or any opportunity unexplored on the way to her goals. Akanksha’s mother was a teacher. Her stories made Akanksha imaginative and intuitive. Her grandfather, a freedom fighter, taught Akanksha that the collective will to do something can do wonders. Her father, a superintendant of police, inculcated in her the skill of solving multi-dimensional problems. Witnessing breakthrough innovations every day during her two-year stint at a management consulting firm, Akanksha realised that even simple innovations could do wonders to the lives of millions of underprivileged Indians. Akanksha decided to take up MBA at XLRI-J as she wants to understand the multi-dimensional aspects of running a business.
Aayush Mallik: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Seeing law as a tool for social change

Being closely involved with his school’s student council for eight years gave Ayush a wonderful opportunity to develop his leadership qualities. Exposure to various people-centric projects, especially the Rural Immersion Programme (2012), also enhanced his interest in working with people and society, and taught him how development programmes are planned and implemented. When his sister joined an M.Phil course in law and governance at JNU, Ayush’s interest in law grew even further and discussions with her helped him understand how law can be a tool for social change. That’s what motivated Ayush to pursue a course in the field, which he is currently doing from the Nalsar University of Law. Ayush feels that his good analytical skills, coupled with his sincerity and interest, make him a good fit for the profession. Given his academic record and passion for social change, it does seem that Ayush will do whatever he has set his heart on.
Darshana Vyas: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Lawyer in the family

Having a maternal grandfather as a lawyer gave Darshana the opportunity to study the profession from close quarters. It also acquainted her with the power of law as a profession. “Law, as I understand it, governs all spheres of human life. Our conduct is motivated by what we consider just and this distinction of just-unjust is created by law and that’s why law plays a pivotal role in how our society functions,” Darshana says.

The power of law coupled with the fact that it has become a more financially rewarding profession, made her want to study law. Side by side with high-profile cases, she would also like to fight for the rights of the downtrodden.
Gaurav Bhawnani: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Being in the system to change it

Gaurav had wanted to pursue engineering for the longest time he could remember. But all that changed after he started working with an organisation that rehabilitates war affected children from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Israel, Palestine, and other nations. Spending four long years with these children aroused his interest in empowerment, social work, and politics. Over the five years Gaurav spends at law school, he plans to understand the Indian judicial system thoroughly. Though he does not have a decided career plan as of now, Gaurav knows that he wants to works towards betterment of Indo-Pak relations and welfare of the poor, women and children.
Aman Saxena: National Law School of India University
Determined to fight corruption

Aman had no legal background when he decided to take up law as a course of study at National Law School of India University. There was no lawyer in his family, friends or relatives. What motivated him, instead, was the state of law in the country — the notoriety of lawyers, and the system of bribes that prevail everywhere. He wants to study law in reply to those lawyers who have let people down and brought disrepute to the profession because of their unscrupulous behaviour. Aman’s reply to such lawyers is to become a lawyer who fights corruption instead of becoming part of it. As he says: “A profession which deals with someone’s innocence and someone’s guilt on a daily basis needs to maintain benchmark standards of quality, accountability and conduct.” Amen to that!
Ipshita Bhuwania: National Law School of India University
Willing to extend a helping hand

Ipshita’s first encounter with law, if one can call it that, was when she met a number of law graduates while studying in school. Initially, what drew her to law was its novelty but she soon realised that the idea of justice appealed to her inner sensibilities. The moment she understood this, she decided to prepare for her CLAT and it is this idea that kept her motivated throughout her preparation. Ipshita’s aim, on completing her course from National Law School of India University, is to go on a path that will help her make a difference to society. She would like to offer her services to those who cannot afford to pay for it or to those who do not have access to it. Whatever she does, Ipshita wants to put ethical legal practice above everything else. Her long term goal is to enter the judiciary and her dream is to serve in the country’s highest court.

Ritwik Bhattacharya: National Law School of India University
A dream to make a difference

The fact that he enjoyed preparing arguments and researching topics became clear to Ritwik while he was working on making a presentation in a Model United Nations (MUN) event. When his paper won the best position award, Ritwik’s teacher presented him a book named Nani A. Palkhivala — A Life, with a handwritten note that said, — “Hope this inspires you to fulfil all your dreams.”. As Ritwik read it, he realised how one person can make a difference to the lives of so many. Inspired by reading about Mr. Palkhivala’s life and his accomplishments, Ritwik decided to pursue a BA. LLB from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. While at NLSIU, he would like to participate in as many moot courts, debates and MUNs as possible. On completing his current course of study, Ritwik would like to do a course in international law, and one day, like the late Mr. Palkhivala, represent his country in a court of law.
Gayathree Thazhathuveetil: Gujarat National Law University
Moved by social activism

Moving between three states during her childhood (her parents had transferable jobs) had had a great deal of influence on Gayathree. During her stay in Kerala, Gayathree learnt to examine issues from a societal perspective and appreciate collective action. She became involved with an NGO and worked on a range of issues including environment protection, animal welfare and the empowerment of the girl child. During her stay in Andhra Pradesh, Gayathree got drawn into student journalism. With such a background, it was natural for her to choose a course of study which would give her exposure to subjects such as Economics, Political Science and Law. And that is the reason Gayathree is pursuing a course from Gujarat National Law University. After completing the course, she will either join the legal profession or apply to be in the civil services.
Jhora Dasgupta: Gujarat National Law University
Passion to work at the grassroots

Jhora’s parents are engineers, but she wants to become a “social engineer”. That is, instead of working in the world of machines, she would prefer work in the world of people. Having grown up in Mirzapur, a sleepy village in UP which had a large community of tribal weavers and labourers, Jhora had the opportunity to see their daily struggles from up close. After completing her BSW LLB from Gujarat National Law University, Jhora is keen to gain some work experience before she embarks on her dream — that of setting up an NGO in her hometown and working to make the poor tribals and labourers aware of their rights and prevent their exploitation.
Sanjana Rao: National Law University
Budding IPR activist

A couple of years ago, on a trip to an ancient village in Tamil Nadu, Sanjana came across some intricately carved sculptures being sold at throwaway prices. Sanjana realised that the works of art deserved worldwide recognition for their aesthetic, cultural value and exquisite craftsmanship and she also understood that the world was never going to know about these works of art because the artisan, living in a village, lacked knowledge of intellectual property rights to publicise/patent them or the education and skills to commercially market them. She also realised that with the right legal help and advice, such works of art could be patented and marketed around the world. It is from here that her desire to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law began. Today, Sanjana is doing a BSc. LLB (Honours) from National Law University Jodhpur. Once the course is over, she wants to also do an MBA. After that, she wants pursue her dream of globalising rural engineering practices and innovations.

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