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Arjun Bharat: BITS ( Pilani) Chennai

Fulfilling dreams

As a child, Arjun used to pass the gates of IIT Madras every single day and dreamt about studying here. His inspiration in fulfilling his dream was his father who also wanted to see Arjun emerging successfully from IIT Madras like his cousin.

Arjun’ father has had a profound influence on his life. With his experience dealing with different challenges as a sailor in merchant navy, he has inculcated in Arjun the values of sacrifice, dedication and self-confidence. Today, Arjun’s father is proud to see him having gained admission in IIT Madras.

Arjun’s interest in Computer Science — his designated field of study stems from the fact that the subject incorporates various life skills and has a foundation in a myriad of daily activities. Artificial intelligence and machine learning seek to change the very way computers operate and promise to have a profound impact on the way things function.

After successfully attaining his B.Tech degree, Arjun would like to pursue a Ph.D in computer science in a leading area of research. Arjun also wishes to work on sustainable initiatives by promoting cleaner and greener methods of production.
Devashish Vikas Gupta: BITS ( Pilani) Goa

A self learner

Since his early childhood, Devashish had varied interests. He was enthralled by music, mathematics and science. As he grew up, he became interested in sports and photography too. In his 11th standard, he developed a strong liking for research. As a result, he prepared two research papers which got published in international journals. His first paper was on ‘Photonics’, where he proposes to find a solution to the ‘Abraham-Minkowski controversy’, a hitherto unresolved problem in optics. The second paper was on ‘Statistical Fluid Dynamics for Turbulent Fluoros’. It describes a model which he devised, to study turbulent flow of fluids. He is currently working on his third paper that discusses an algorithm that he has designed for ‘Higher Dimensional Non-linear programming’. This research, he believes, would be very beneficial to the economy.

Running parallel to his love for research is his affinity for music. Devashish started playing the piano and the guitar at the age of seven. Devashish today composes, arranges, directs, orchestrates and produces music of all genres. According to him, some pieces of music created by him have the potential for cinematic playback. In the last two years, Devashish has composed nearly 30 songs. In 2015-16, at the age of 16-17, he performed at two international music collaborations with international artists in the USA and Canada. Recently, he has combined music with spirituality, by creating tones, whose frequency spectrum visualises the symbol of ‘Om’.

Devashish is a self-taught student at whatever he endeavours to learn. Even during the days when he played Badminton at the state level, he never took any coaching for the sport. He has always been a self-driven person who likes to learn things on his own. Devashish strongly believes that self-development and spirituality go hand-in-hand. Spirituality is the platform on which one acquires one’s skills, knowledge and grooms his personality.

After completing his degree, Devashish plans to pursue higher studies, especially in the field of research.
Pavan Srihari Darbha: BITS ( Pilani) Hyderabad

Immersed in the world of computers

Since his childhood, Pavan has been interested in the world of computers. Pursuing activities related to computers gave him a deep sense of satisfaction and achievement. Aided by his father who is a software professional, Pavan understood how computers are shaping the world. He also understood how the developed countries utilize technology to make impressive strides in every field.

Pavan naturally opted for computer applications as an area of study in his eighth standard. He learnt Java by the time he reached standard ten and realized that the possibilities were endless. Since computer applications were based on logic, it aroused his interest immensely.

Pavan has also spent time teaching the underprivileged the importance of computers through his father’s educational initiative going by the name of ‘Swadhyaya foundation’.

Pavan aspires to join the software field and do something to aid society or become a professor of computer science and inspire the next generation of students.
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Anurag Nandi: IIM Calcutta

Dreaming of inclusive growth

Born into a middle-class family, Anurag’s parents always inspired him to think big and achieve bigger. Their stories of intense struggle with poverty motivated him to strive for all-round excellence. As a result, Anurag was always a good student and came out with good grades, including a state rank of eight in the standard 10 exam.

Anurag also had the exposure of becoming the youngest school captain in the school’s history. He was awarded by the Government of India for his expertise in creative writing.

Joining BITS Pilani for engineering transformed Anurag into a person who took initiatives. He co-founded and led the Institute Consulting Club and engineered multiple initiatives including publication of the 1st ever club case book and established a mentor body for career outreach. He also got the opportunity to assist ABG in a live business case, which motivated him to choose management consulting as a career path.

Working in a client -facing role al Zinnov Consulting made him observe the importance of diverse business knowledge and managerial skills in delivering simple, insightful solutions to complex business problems. Anurag realised that he would need more of this knowledge in order to assume greater job responsibilities in the future. It was then that he decided to join an IIM for an MBA, as he felt it could provide him with an eco-system to develop superior levels of business knowledge and structure his analytical and problem-solving skills.

After his MBA, Anurag plans to continue working as a management consultant and gain the expertise of working across different industries. Idolising Vanderbilt, and having spent his formative years in the tribal belts of Orissa, he would like to work for the empowerment of the underprivileged sections of society in future. He also plans to work for the rehabilitation of Vrindavan widows as he is a firm believer in ‘Inclusive India, Indomitable India’.
Anusha Ramachandran: IIM Shillong

Wanting equality in the world

Anusha was introduced to the world of leadership when she was assigned the role of 'Cultural Secretary' as a part of her school's student council. This tryst continued when she was appointed as the student coordinator of the theatre club, placing her at the helm of one of the most coveted clubs in college.

In both the cases, she was a woman in a male-dominated environment. Though she did not face any overt discrimination, the subconscious difference in society's perception of girls versus boys — in leadership and otherwise — was something that always plagued her.

In Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘Lean In’, she talks a lot about how women in higher education and management have some detrimental behaviour traits that exist because of ingrained beliefs about gender. Anusha found herself identifying with this thought. She found out that she wasn’t as immune to societal expectations and unspoken rules as she thought she was. Anusha decided to overcome these dispositions and prove to herself that she could be anything that she wants to become. Taking this approach, Anusha has entered the world of IIM’s wanting to be challenged. She wishes to gain the knowledge where she can influence the narrative on gender.

Eventually, Anusha hopes to be someone worthy of being an example to the fact that women and men are fundamentally equal.
Anvesha Dosajhi : IIM Indore

A leader at heart

Anvesha’s journey across school and college has given her an opportunity to experience leadership first-hand. She had the opportunity of leading a batch of 2000 students when she was the Head Girl of her school. She was also the first female president of The Debating Society of NSIT, one of the most prominent societies in her college.

Consistent participation in global and national case competitions and Model United Nations' conferences like The Harvard MUN has helped her develop a foundation in diplomacy and problem-solving.

Being someone who loves to challenge herself with new problems, develop related hypothesis and validate them with facts and logic, an MBA program came as a natural choice. With a formal education in business administration, Anvesha wishes to utilise her skills to develop as an asset to the industry through experiential learning and challenging projects.

With diverse internship experiences in corporations such as Deloitte and Grant Thornton, Anvesha witnessed the influence of specialists and experts in guiding businesses. After pursuing her business education, she aspires to work with a firm that enables her to become a subject matter expert.

Anvesha believes that as she advances in her career path, her accomplishments need to go beyond the setup of the organisation. She feels that she needs to be able to make the right decisions, understand market dynamics and innovate consistently. In the subsequent years of her career, she wants to be able to inspire her team with her knowledge, experience and strong work ethic.
Ayush Garg: IIM Ahmedabad

Passion for technology and management

Due to his father’s occupation as a civil servant, Ayush got the opportunity to visit manufacturing facilities of wide-ranging industries. These visits bestowed him with an interest in and genuine appreciation for technology and management.

In school, he became strongly inclined towards mathematics, science and economics. Fascinated by the world of technology and its immense potential to transform society, Ayush joined IIT Delhi to pursue a dual degree in chemical engineering.

At IIT, he explored diverse subjects like economics, data analytics and bioengineering apart from the core chemical engineering courses. Ayush undertook numerous research projects to gain exposure to real-life problems. During his internship at Biocon, he worked on improving the process efficiency of insulin analogue production which could potentially increase the affordability of diabetes therapy. This was a big motivation for him to explore other fields. Ayush’s master's project, in collaboration with Total, was aimed at optimising the design of reactor in the petroleum refineries to reduce the cost of clean fuel production. Though he loved working on these problems, he realised that a lasting change can only be brought about by the policy makers and business leaders who were actually driving these projects.

Ayush decided to pursue an MBA to realise his goal of working in strategic roles and tapping the full potential of his analytical inclinations. Ayush believes that the time-tested teaching methodology at IIM Ahmedabad will help him develop a holistic understanding of business management and provide him with the necessary leadership skills to become a driver of positive change.

Post completing MBA, Ayush aspires to work in the management consulting domain which would lend him the perfect platform to exercise his problem solving skills and provide a varied learning experience. In the long run, Ayush wishes to start his own venture merging his passions for technology and management.
Ayushi Mittal: IIM Ahmedabad

A resolve to help communities

From her father, Ayushi imbibed the idea of giving back to the system more than what you withdraw. Her father, during the harvesting season, works tirelessly to ensure fair returns for all the farmers he works with. Ayushi was motivated by her father’s ideals to take the unconventional path and follow her passion for working in the development sector.

After working in the aftermath of floods in Kashmir and the Nepal earthquake, under the expertise of the director of Goonj, Ayushi founded the organisation's Chennal chapter at the age of 22. As the branch head, she built and led a team of 40 people across two offices. The scale of the work was tremendous. Ayushi’s team was able to provide relief material to 20,000 families who were severely affected. Subsequently, they also took up rehabilitation activities for the upliftment of these families.

In quest of more impactful solutions, Ayushi started living with a nomadic tribal community, the Narikurvars. Ayushi was able to understand the genesis of their problems and feel their vulnerabilities. As a result, she, in collaboration with the community, designed and implemented a strategy to improve the efficacy of their traditional bead jewellery business.

She also worked with groups of bonded labourers to find alternative livelihood options for them. In the process, she met Prof Mohammad Yunus and collaborated with a microfinance firm to enhance the income of these communities.

In the long run, Ayushi plans to develop an entity that would help bridge the gap between the Government, non-profit and for-profit organisations, integrating their efforts towards creating sustainable employment opportunities. Ayushi’s motivation to join IIM Ahmedabad was her realisation of how a formal training in management and developing a strong network can equip her to achieve her goal.
Ishita Agarwal: IIM Calcutta

A social entrepreneur in a family of engineers

Ishita’s parents have undergone hardships and made sacrifices to give her a comfortable lifestyle as a result of which the values of hard work and perseverance have been instilled in her from her childhood.

Coming from an orthodox family of engineers, it was difficult for her father to accept her choice of pursuing Economics for her undergraduate education. Her affinity for Economics stemmed from her analytical bent of mind. Through her academic performance and achievements in extra-curricular activities, she has been able to convince her father that this was the right choice.

In school, Ishita secured many laurels, including her election as the youngest Vice-President of the Hansraj Debating society. These opportunities made her realise how fortunate she is to enjoy the privileges that she has. She, however, is disturbed when she sees that a lot of children do not even have their basic needs met.

Ishita led a project to design and implement workshops in government schools on issues like financial literacy and gender sensitisation. Ishita feels that it is important to improve the standard of living of the less privileged sections of society, especially our women and children. In this regard, Ishita has seen the power of individual interaction and engagement and has always persuaded her peers and superiors to be sensitive towards these issues.

Her goal is to start a self-sustaining social enterprise, which taps into the potential of people currently seen as unproductive members of society. Ishita strongly feels that an MBA would equip her with the skills and confidence that she needs to take on such an ambitious project. In the next few years, Ishita aspires to impact millions of lives by gaining management experience and acquiring knowledge of the best practices that successful enterprises employ.
K. Chandirasekaran: IIM Lucknow

Aspiring to harness the powers of technology

Chandirasekaran watched his father toil hard at his job as a clerk in a PSU. Chandirasekaran observed how there were numerous people to criticise things at the drop of a hat but there were very few who were ready to take up challenges and improve the situation. He understood that people who silently go about their job away from the limelight are in minority. Chandirasekaran wants to feature in this minority.

His stints with quizzing club and marketing for his institute's technical fest made him realise his calling. Chandirasekaran wants to understand structures, figure out fundamental inefficiencies and rebuild them to their heights. His stint with Snapdeal where he understood customer pain points and designed technical solutions, reinforced MBA as his next logical destination.

After completing his MBA, Chandirasekaran plans to enrol for a leadership role in General Management domain. Armed with that expertise, he plans to start his own venture, harnessing the powers of technology to fundamentally transform any of the three sectors of agriculture, education and sports in our country. It has been his long term dream to revolutionise at least one of these sectors.

With his meticulous nature backed by an inquisitive mind, he is confident of utilising the platform offered to influence others and bring in a momentum of change.
Nandini Bagaria: IIM Calcutta

Quality education for all

Born in a middle-class joint family in Kolkata, Nandini’s biggest inspiration are her parents and have taught her the most valuable lessons in life. Her father taught her how dedication, hard work and integrity can make one successful, when he grew the family business while facing financially difficult times. Her mother, who is a wonderful homemaker, taught her the values of loving and giving. Her interactions with her parents have instilled in her the ambition to manage a business and also give back to the society that we live in.

Nandini enrolled for a chartered accountancy course due to her interest in accountancy. Another reason was witnessing her father, who himself is a chartered accountant, use his education and knowledge to run the family business.

Nandinin also enjoys teaching and used to regularly teach her younger brother and peers in school and college. As part of NSS in college, she taught Basic English and Math to underprivileged children in nearby villages. This experience made her realise the challenges these students face and how they suffer because of the lack of quality of education in these places.

After completing chartered accountancy, Nandinin worked in Barclays as a financial controller. During her stint there, she worked on a project where she had to identify problems in the new system and suggest improvements from a financial control perspective. This gave her some exposure at problem solving and decision making but also made her realise the need to improve her managerial and organisational skills.

After completing her MBA, she would like to work as a management consultant as it will give her the opportunity to solve challenging problems and work with a diverse set of people. In the long run, with all her learning and experience by her side and love for teaching, she would like to offer her capabilities to understand the problems in the current education system and improve the quality of education in this country by running a non-profit organisation.
Neerja Maheshwari: IIM Calcutta

In love with the business world

Neerja has spent her formative years in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, where her father was posted as a Government servant. Her father instilled in her the importance of qualities like hard work and perseverance and inculcated in her a desire to grab every opportunity that comes her way and to achieve great heights in whatever career she pursues. Her mother always taught her about the imperfect society we live in and encouraged her to give back to society in whatever form she can.

Neerja got a first-hand experience of the problems in our society when she taught 100+ underprivileged students as a volunteer of NSS and later when she worked as the Head of Rural Development Wing of NSS.

Neerja’s love for the intricacies of the business world made her choose commerce as a stream for higher studies. Neerja discovered her managerial acumen when she won the elections for school head girl and led a three-tier team, delegating a multitude of responsibilities and managing events. During her graduation in Hansraj College, one of the finest institutions for commerce in the country, she developed a keen interest for finance. To pursue her interests further and to hone her managerial capabilities, she decided to pursue an MBA from IIM Calcutta.

At IIM Calcutta, she plans to leverage the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of the business world, to delve deeper into understanding the financial sector and to engage in overall personal and professional development. Going forward, Neerja sees herself leading a multinational company's financial vertical.

Neerja would like to work in a position where she is not only making strategic decisions, but can also empower people and create a positive impact on society through her actions.
Pranjal Mishra: IIM Ahmedabad

An affinity for Public-Private partnership initiatives

Due to the strong influence of his mother, Pranjal always wanted to pursue a career in the public sector. She imbued the qualities of inclusive leadership in him during his childhood and acquainted him with the role visionaries played in giving direction to society. Pranjal, hence, wants to make a purposeful contribution in the policy department of the public sector.

During his tenure with the Indian Railways, Pranjal realised the full extent of the influence that Government policy has on all of us. He observed, for instance, how a 30-minute change in the scheduling of trains could affect the daily routine of millions of commuters across India. Another instance was how a reduction of one percent in incentives inside a workshop could influence the quality of locomotives being turned out from another and in turn, lead to a five percent increase in 'on-line' failures.

Pranjal strongly believes that the public sector works in tandem with the private industry and hence it is crucial that the decision makers have exposure to the needs and strengths of both, to foster rapid social growth. The existing system will improve substantially by enhancing the skill set of the 'usual' public policy designer in partnering more effectively with market players.

Pranjal further believes that a management education will equip him with the analytical mechanisms and working knowledge needed to expand his horizons in the private industry. A rich case-based pedagogy, peer-induced learning and live business projects will give him a first-hand exposure to the sector. After learning the nuances of the system, he can innovate and tread down unbeaten paths.

After acquiring the essential work experience, Pranjal is keen on joining the public policy arms and apply his experiential and new-found knowledge to ‘Public-Private partnership models’ and ‘Crisis management systems’ in particular.
Prannav Srinivasan: IIM Kozhikode

Penchant for numbers

Prannav’s father, who is a chartered accountant, instilled in him, the value of understanding a company’s business operations. Prannav also discovered that he had a deep interest in numbers and this drew him to the stock market. Although the process of making money fascinated him, he soon realised the need to enhance his knowledge of investing across different asset classes.

His realisation led him to pursue a CFA programme after graduating in chemical engineering from BITS Goa. His participation in this programme has helped him transmute an abstract passion for numbers into a keen ability to analyse economic trends and financial statements, both of which he has applied to manage his stock portfolio.
Prannav now aspires to work in an investment management role. Prannav is well aware that this transition requires an investment of time and resources in the right direction. To achieve this transition, Prannav intends to have a solid understanding of the business world spanning multiple domains.

Prannav believes that this MBA course would give him access to some of the finest minds in finance and opportunities to interact with professionals with diverse backgrounds, some of whom are potential clients and business partners. It will also sharpen his financial skills and give him valuable insights into best practices in areas such as marketing, IT and operations.
Souvik Chatterjee: IIM Kozhikode

Imbued with an entrepreneurial spirit

Souvik grew up in Asansol, a small city, known for its budding businesses. During his growing years, he developed a fascination for business and aspired to be a successful businessman. To pursue his aspirations, he chose engineering for his graduation course. This choice was also, in a way, almost thrust upon him, as in his social world, engineering and medical science were considered the only options.

As the academic rigour increased, he started enjoying engineering, which significantly boosted his morale and grades. However, the newly developed affinity towards engineering did not dampen his interest in business. Progressively, he made a vertical shift —choosing a career in Business Analytics with HSBC. Over the period of 24 months, he worked on diverse projects in the retail banking space and gained several accolades, including a career progression in just 15 months from joining.

On gaining significant experience in Business Analytics, Souvik decided to pursue an MBA, as he believed that structured learning in a business school will equip him with the skills which would otherwise take years to cultivate. Souvik is confident that the PGDM programme would help him adopt a multi-dimensional understanding of business.

On completion of this programme, Souvik’s short-term plan is to work in a leadership role and grow into a leader. In the long run, he also aspires to venture into Aviation Analytics and initiate his own venture.
Vaibhav Singh: IIM Bangalore

An aspiring entrepreneur in the renewable energy space

Growing up in a middle class background amidst stiff competition, Vaibhav learnt the importance of hardwork, optimal use of resources and discipline in life. His curiosity in basic sciences during high school led him to pursue a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kanpur in 2006. The serene and beautiful campus of IIT was in stark contrast to the polluted Kanpur city, where tempos, running on diesel, and spewing black toxic smoke, were the popular means of transport. Inspired to curb environmental degradation, Vaibhav undertook a summer internship at European Institute for Energy Research in Germany in 2009, where he worked on novel methods of producing clean hydrogen fuel using solid oxide electrolysis.

Vaibhav went on to pursue a masters in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, to learn the nuances of concentrated solar power technologies and got a chance to intern at a Solar Power Tower plant. Post masters, he worked as a research engineer at EPFL Switzerland for two and a half years, collaborating with a Swiss start-up HTceramix, for development of next generation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems.

As the coordinator of Swiss India Renewable Energy Symposium (SIREN 2015), which was held at EPFL and inaugurated by Mr. Piyush Goyal, honourable minister for power, coal, new and renewable energy, Vaibhav heard the views of industry experts and Government members from both countries which made him think more about the aspects besides technology such as raising finance, revenue maximisation and cost optimisation, brand building etc. that are required to run a successful organisation.

With the aim to participate in India's cleantech revolution, Vaibhav returned from Switzerland in 2016 and started working as an Applications Engineer at COMSOL Multiphysics, providing technical consultancy to product developers in Asia Pacific, Europe and USA on novel clean technologies.

Having witnessed so many promising technology companies go bankrupt because of obsession with product and technology, and lesser focus on market dynamics and profitability, Vaibhav felt the need to develop sound managerial skills which aid in successful commercialisation of impact making technologies.

Vaibhav has joined IIM Bangalore with the objective of broadening his horizon and learning about the tools and subjects needed to successfully run an organisation. Immediately after his MBA, he plans to work as a consultant in the clean energy sector. His medium and long term aspiration is to be a successful entrepreneur in the renewable energy space. Vaibhav envisions an India fifteen years from now where cities will be much cleaner and cutting edge low cost renewable technologies will be used widely in automobiles and power generation. Vaibhav believes that recent government initiatives to promote solar energy and visionary global firms such as Tesla Motors have made this dream realisable. Vaibhav sees himself as playing a part in this value chain and contributing to the best of his capacity.
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Abhishek Rao: IIT Delhi

A budding entrepreneur

Abhishek has always been fascinated by entrepreneurship. This fascination propelled him towards completing TiE Young Entrepreneur programme conducted by The Indus Entrepreneurs, USA. This programme kindled in him a burning zeal to succeed on the global stage as an entrepreneur. Towards the fulfillment of this aim, he secured admission in IIT Delhi.

Abhishek also has a love for research. This made him choose Engineering Physics — a course best suited to research as it gives exposure to a wide technological canvas, as his designated course at IIT Delhi.

Abhishek wants to intern at an organisation like the Lok Sabha and Neeti Aayog, as he feels it would expand his knowledge of the policy-making environment. Abhishek wants to devote his attention to courses in machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence.

Since he has a penchant for research, Abhishek would like to pursue an MS at MIT in a cutting edge, technologically advanced area of study. Keeping in mind his entrepreneurial ambitions, Abhishek also would like to pursue an MBA from Stanford University, which is known for producing global entrepreneurs.
Anish Saxena: IIT Kanpur

An inquisitive mind

Born in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, to parents who were post graduates in the Science stream, Anish began his education in Jaipur at St. Anslem’s School. From standard sixth, he moved to Ahmedabad where he studied at St. Kabir School till standard 12th.

From his early childhood, Anish was inquisitive and curious about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of things. This fueled his interest in science, with computers becoming his major area of interest. He was thus inspired to take up science in his secondary years. His quest to find logical explanations to phenomenon further encouraged him to take up Science with Math as the primary subject in his secondary years.

Anish’s fascination to understand how processes function in the real world along with his interest in organic chemistry made him pick up Chemical Engineering for his engineering degree at IIT Kanpur. IIT Kanpur has proved to be an ideal choice for him considering that the excellent academic facilities complement the research-oriented culture. In addition, the brilliant facilities for extra-curricular activities will also allow Anish to explore his interests in areas other than academics.

Throughout his school life, Anish was actively engaged in activities like public speaking, quizzing, dramatics, poetry recitation, creative writing, etc. He also held executive positions in the student’s council in school, including being the Head Boy of the School in 2015. Anish’s mother is a software developer while his father is a corporate print media professional.

Besides Chemistry, Anish is also interested in Nano technology and Quantum computing. Anish wishes to fulfill his passion for research by pursuing an MS or M.Tech degree from a reputed institute.
Ayan Jain: IIT Delhi

In love with learning

Ayan, the younger of two siblings, was born in Jabalpur, M.P. From an early age, he was curious and interested in subjects including philosophy, metaphysics, psychology and science. As he grew up and reached the tenth standard, his interest in Math increased and he started winning awards in international and national Olympiads.

Apart from Math, Ayan is also interested in Physics and Chemistry. This is the reason why he opted for PCM in his 11th standard. Ayan wants to discover things and invent something that would help everyone. This strengthened his desire to go to IIT so that he could convert his passion into his strength.
Bolla Venkata Pavan: IIT Madras

Thriving despite hardships

Bolla is a prime example that bright students thrive despite facing hardships in their life. Bolla’s family lacks financial strength because his father does not support them financially or with paternal care. His mother runs the house with the proceeds from a small job. He has a younger brother who is studying in Inter second year.

Bolla’s mother instilled in him the fact that he and his family can get respect in society and in the eyes of their near and dear ones through gaining education. His mother’s sacrifices inspired Bolla to study hard and get admissions to good schools and colleges. On the way, he was helped by few gentlemen who saw in him the fire to succeed by working hard. These gentlemen helped him with scholarships and free admissions on observing his determination to study hard.

Bolla dreams of making robots and designing animation games. He also wants to serve the poor and needy in achieving their dreams in whatever capacity that he can. Bolla understands that more talented and determined people will succeed in the long run. He is determined to do his best despite the disturbances that may potentially hinder his progress.

Bolla plans to take up animation and robotics courses in the future. After gaining corporate experience, Bolla wishes to start his own company with help from people who trust his abilities and have confidence in his intentions. Bolla also wishes to do something meaningful for the development of people from rural areas.
Chirag Gupta: IIT Guwahati

An innovative personality

Chirag was born in a middle class family which did not have a great financial background. Chirag vividly recollects the time when his parents used to put away money in sealed envelopes labeled with the necessary expense heads to prevent overspending. Chirag’s father is a mechanical engineer and runs a metal trading business.

Chirag strongly believes that he has the appetite for excellence and is determined to make the most of his college life to secure his own as well as his parents’ future. He considers his personal growth in the four years of his high school as his biggest accomplishment in life. Chirag is a proud student of St. John's which boasts of alumni like Mr. Kapil Sibal. Chirag always aspired to get into a Tier 1 engineering institute.

Chirag was also an avid cricket player along with being an active member of dramatics and quiz club. He also participated in Math and aptitude quizzes at national as well as international level. In his tenth standard, Chirag got the opportunity to attend an international Math quiz competition with 250 participants from around the globe.

From his early childhood days, Chirag, due to his father’s influence, was exposed to the engineering aspects of day-to-day life. Chirag always had an innovative bent of mind and always looked forward to the end of the day when he and his father both used to sit on computer and manage his business data in excel. Chirag distinctly recollects the feeling of enthrallment when he used to help his father put up festival lights making series and parallel electric connections.

Chirag slowly started getting interested in computers and started studying computer courses in school. He wrote the first significant program for his father, to automate his business' information management. Such experiences kindled in him a deep love for science and computers.

Chirag intends to explore computational sciences which have great applications including in healthcare and aerospace domain. IIT Guwahati seems to be perfectly in sync with his personal ambition of making manual tasks easy as it has a versatile curriculum and encompasses technology, sciences and mathematical foundations.

Chirag’s ultimate aim is to be an active researcher in an academic or industrial environment.
Durgesh Rajendra Agarwal : IIT Kanpur

Small town, big dreams

Durgesh Agrawal, a student of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur hails from a small town named Paratwada (MS). His father is a businessman and mother, a homemaker. His father’s dream was to become a successful engineer but due to some circumstances, he couldn't pursue his dream. He saw the same spark in Durgesh and gave him the platform to come this far.

Since childhood, Durgesh was fascinated by how a small group of people can impact the lives of countless people. Durgesh had no knowledge of programming till his +2, but many seniors, who were into coding, advised him that if he liked logic and Mathematics, most probably, he will like programming as well. This made him join this course at IIT Kanpur.

Durgesh plans to gain knowledge of management and then establish a start-up that can impact the lives of many people, as well as inspiring many students for the same. Durgesh wishes to be deeply rooted in India and contribute in making this country an example for the world to follow. This, he believes will also make people of his town aware of the fact that 'Talent does not need a city's exposure to flourish. It can be found in any corner of the world, and has the capability to make a dent in the world.'

Durgesh aspires to prove to the world that people from small towns can also dream big and achieve their dreams.
Neel Manish Karia Neel Manish Karia: IIT Kharagpur

An entrepreneurial zeal

Neel comes from a business family. His maternal and paternal grandparents worked at small farms in Kutch, Gujarat from where they moved to Mumbai to work in a garment shop. Slowly, Neel’s father also joined them and they started their own garments business. Most of Neel’s relatives are occupied in business and do not believe in the benefits of higher education as they themselves are not very educated. Neel had a tough time convincing his family to send him away for four years of graduation. He finally managed to convince them that his higher education will result in him being able to help not only his community, but humanity in general.

In 8th grade, Neel joined Cathedral, one of the India's best schools. Neel represented Cathedral for chess, science quizzes and squash which boosted his confidence and helped him shed his introverted nature. Neel has represented the country thrice for the International Olympiads and will be representing India for the fourth time in November.

Neel aspires to be an entrepreneur and develop latest, easy to use technology for modern business and make it available for small businessmen who have started losing business due to e-marketing. Most importantly, Neel wants to create jobs for everyone.
Sarvesh Mehtani: IIT Mumbai

Inspired by his goals

Sarvesh is inspired by his journey from the small town of Hisar to the city of his dreams, Mumbai. It is this inspiration that drives and motivates him to achieve his goals. Sarvesh has been deeply influenced by his mother, who is a placement officer at Industrial Training Institute and his father, who is an Income Tax officer. His parents are an epitome of dedication towards their professional field and are his source of constant inspiration and support. They have always gone out of their way to not just get the work done but also to improve the environment of their workplace. Their punctuality is always something that Sarvesh looks up to.

Right from his childhood, Sarvesh has been interested in making things himself. From making toy cranes at the age of 12 to making circuits in 8th class, he has always tried to invent new things. Sarvesh was a bright student right from his childhood days. He was an NTSE scholar and achieved AIR in both IMO and IOM conductor by SOF world and silver zone foundation respectively. He also cleared INPHO, INCHO, NSEA and is a KVPY scholar.

Sarvesh considers experimentation for the good of mankind as the basic principle of his life. This principle was one of the reasons he opted for engineering as a course of study. Another reason is connected to the values that he has grown up with. His parents, who are dedicated servants to the economy and social development have inculcated the spirit of serving the nation in him and in his opinion, engineering is a subfield of ethics and moral dilemmas when looked at from a broader perspective. The main goal of his choice is to build industries that utilise the materials that are abundantly available in India but is being exported to the US.

Another of Sarvesh’s goals is to alleviate some of the problems that hinder the development of India. This includes creation of jobs and also provides a medium to people to grow by broadening their perspectives about the world.

As of now, Sarvesh has not decided what his future course of action would be, but currently his goal is to explore the opportunities that are available to him at IIT, Mumbai.
Tushar Agarwal : IIT Mumbai

An affinity for Math and computers

Tushar comes from a family of dairy farmers located in a small village in Uttar Pradesh. It was only after his father, despite struggling against odds, managed to study and get a job in Indian Railways that he moved to the city of Bhopal. It was here that he realised the power of development and technology.

From his early days, Tushar was fascinated by Math and its application in computers. He finds the application of Math in computers exciting and practical. Tushar has developed an interest for computational linguistics after he heard about the much-debated topic of Sanskrit being the best language for programming. As IIT Mumbai is the hub for this area of research, he considers it the right place for him to figure out about the truth. He aims at contributing towards the study after gaining appropriate knowledge and skills.

Tushar plans to get into research after he completes his graduation in Computer Science and Engineering.
Vasu Jain: IIT Delhi

A dilemma of plenty

Vasu hails from a family of doctors. His father is a paediatrician, his mother a pathologist, and his grandparents, general practitioners. Although genetically he was exposed to the field of medicine, he developed an affinity for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. His liking for these subjects was fuelled by his mother who used to bring him encyclopaedias to study. Since he was very young, he could not understand every bit of what he read, but the fascination for the STEM subjects kept him excited and interested.

Four years back he was faced with a significant choice in his life; whether to join an engineering coaching centre or a medicine one. He chose Vidyamandir coaching for his JEE exams. His real goal however was to learn beyond what the school textbooks could teach him and also meet like-minded people who shared his passion for the STEM fields.

Two years back Vasu was faced with the choice of selecting his subjects for standard 11. He chose both Math and Biology. This was thought to be an unusual choice by many, especially his ‘well-wishers’ who felt it would be difficult for him to crack both Engineering and Medicine. His choice of subjects stemmed from his love for Engineering and pressure to keep up with the family tradition of choosing medicine. Another reason was that he felt that he had a talent for mathematics but also wanted to play it safe and follow in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents. Vasu was caught in two worlds like his father who had an early inclination towards mechanical engineering but then followed the family tradition.

After two years of studying hard, his perseverance paid off when he managed to get an All India Rank of 2 in JEE MAINS, an All India Rank of 31 in JEE ADVANCED and an All India Rank of 77 in AIIMS. Again, Vasu was faced with the dilemma of choosing between Engineering and Medicine. Although his parents remained neutral, his grandparents and other relatives put pressure on him to stick to the family trade. At times, he felt giddy about being blessed with such a good fortune, but at the same time also felt jealous of people who didn't have to choose between what one's family wants and what one wants.

He finally chose the Engineering stream and entered IIT Delhi, an institution that he regards very highly. Although the first night was spent in thinking about the pros and cons of his decision, he finally convinced himself that he wanted to do something on his own, away from the shadow of his family profession. He feels that he has a calling in IIT Delhi and he has been sent here with a purpose.

Vasu has chosen Computer Science(CS) because of the diversity of career choices that it provides. With CS he can become a programmer for a financial modelling company, a software developer that writes a new programming language or a researcher in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He also wishes to help out my dad in his medical and dental journal publishing business by improving his website and making the publication process more efficient and user friendly using the skills picked up throughout his education.
Yatin Dandi: IIT Kanpur

A curious soul

Yatin was always a curious child but his fascination for science truly bloomed in 9th standard after reading books like 'A Brief History of Time' by Stephen Hawking and 'Physics of the Future' by Michio Kaku. This was the time he started questioning the obvious. This was also the time when the idea of artificial intelligence got imprinted on his young mind which laid the foundation for his interest in computer science. Through a basic understanding of algorithms, Yatin realised how the logical and mathematical way of thinking was truly behind the magic all around him. He realised that Mathematics is the language of the universe. As he kept on reading more and more beyond his course books, his passion for exploring grew and so did his achievements in competitive exams.

Preparing for JEE advanced and Olympiads was a way for Yatin to expand the horizon of his knowledge and understanding. While preparing for these competitive pursuits, Yatin realised that what he enjoyed the most was solving a single challenging problem for hours, bringing pieces of the puzzle together. He knew that computer science would give him the opportunity to do exactly that. He thought about how our complex minds do things like sorting numbers, recognising faces automatically and wanted to work towards replicating that level of complexity in machines. He began to understand that our world was governed by algorithms and realised that the algorithmic mode of thought could solve huge problems. So, computer science was his natural choice.

The reason for choosing IIT Kanpur was its legacy of great contributions in computer science research from AKS primality test to Rajeev Motwani and its great faculty.

In future, Yatin wishes to pursue research in computer science and fulfil his dream of contributing something new to this world.
Yugesh Ajit Kothari: IIT Kanpur

A thorough engineering background

Born and brought up in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, Yugesh hails from a family of engineers. His father is an employee at Tata Steel and an Alumnus of IIT Kanpur whereas his mother is a Civil Engineering graduate from NIT Raipur and elder brother, a final year student at IIT Kharagpur. His grandfather is an Electrical engineer from NIT Bhopal. His family upbringing was catalytic in helping him find his aptitude, passion and love for science and engineering.

Yugesh had access to computers from quite an early age and was drawn to it — first to play games and then slowly to learn how fascinating the world of computers really is. Yugesh has represented his school at the International Computer Fair and Seminar (COF AS), Lucknow for the events Web Designing(placed fourth) and Brains(Mathematics: placed first) — in the course of which he picked up skills in Web designing and logical analysis. Yugesh also has had exposure to competitive coding on HackerEarth and CodeChef. Yugesh also has some experience with Java, I-ITML, CSS and more recently C. These experiences and activities have helped him realise that he wanted to pursue a career in computing and hence the choice of Computer Science and Engineering as his subject for his Engineering stream.

After his B.Tech, Yugesh intends to pursue higher studies in the field of real world simulations and artificial intelligence. He aspires to work on applying the concepts of Computer Science in different fields to solve real world problems.

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Gunjan Rajput: XLRI Jamshedpur

A social entrepreneur at heart

Life, for Gunjan, has come a long way; from fighting apprehensions against a girl child to now being called an inspiration for others to send their daughters to pursue higher education.
Gunjan’s focused determination is what led her to excel at academics, despite being in schools with lack of quality education. When she decided to pursue science, she had to move to a school with boarding facilities in a nearby town. It was here that she got to know about JEE —an exam which was her gateway to higher education with a fee that her family could have afforded. She eventually secured an admission in IIT Roorkee through the JEE.

Apart from building her technical knowledge and analytical skills, her experiences in college and internships cultivated in her an interest in human psychology and behaviour. She chose to take up the HRM programme because she believed that the success of any endeavour depends on people living up to their true potential and making a difference. Preparing for her civil services made her realise how only a multi-disciplinary approach can solve real-life problems.

Building on her knowledge of HRM, multifaceted viewpoint and social network, Gunjan plans to venture into social entrepreneurship with a single-minded agenda of creating equality of opportunities for everyone. She further plans to create a growth pole from where like-minded people who share her values spread out to all over the country.
Neha Jagannath: XLRI Jamshedpur

A strong, self-assured woman

Growing up around strong, self-assured women has had a profound impact on Neha’s world view. Neha’s grandmother is the first mountaineer of Odisha and mother a national-level rural development trainer. She has always been sensitive towards even the slight nuances of injustice suffered by women in everyday life — due to the stark contrast it provided to how she had been raised. This was how she became interested in the concept of Ambivalent Sexism, and in wanting to bring about a change in the collective culture of how the society treats women — particularly in the corporate world.

An incurable optimist, an intrepid perfectionist, and an animated learner — Neha was keen on developing a scientific temper with a knack towards technology, and thus did her engineering in Computer Science and subsequently worked in R & D for two years in a business intelligence firm. There, she realised the immense power that management holds towards facilitating organisational change; as well as her own proclivity towards assuming positions of leadership.

Neha’s decision to join XLRI to pursue a formal education in Human Resource Management stemmed from her growing belief that understanding the human psyche — particularly at the organisational level — is the key to bringing about any cultural change in that arena.

Neha wants to excel in a corporate career across sectors in order to become a successful professional in her own right, make her family proud and gain the requisite experience to make a real difference to how women are perceived in the professional sphere.
Anirudh Sood: Nalsar Univerity of Law

A fervent desire to contribute to society

Anirudh was born to a professor and a pre-primary school teacher in the city of Jaipur. From his early childhood, Anirudh listened intently to the stories of his grandfather and maternal grandmother who had contributed immensely to society. Anirudh’s grandfather was an I.A.S officer who had contributed significantly to the development of the state of Rajasthan while his maternal grandmother tried to improve the condition of women in Bikaner in her capacity as a gynaecologist. Anirudh’s parents also were involved in serving society to the best of their abilities as academicians. Even his other family members, in their own capacities, contributed to society in one way or the other. All this inspired Anirudh to do things that actually made a real difference to the society.

Anirudh’s brother, who is also pursuing law, was aware of Anirudh’s public speaking skills, analytical and critical reasoning skills and a deep desire to change society for the better. He introduced Anirudh to the world of law and Anirudh immediately took a liking to it.

Anirudh feels a lot of students studying in the premier institutes of India want to make a fortune in the corporate world and crave for a grand lifestyle. This is also how Anirudh feels lawyers are portrayed in the media. But as written by a U.S. Supreme Court judge Arthur T. Vandervelt in an essay titled ‘The Five Functions of a Lawyer’ — "Every lawyer must be prepared to answer the call for public service when it comes." Anirudh strongly feels that the times are indeed calling for someone to take a stand.

Anirudh sees around him a lot of pertinent issues which involve legalities like plagiarism, environmental degradation, delays in judicial system, etc. which can be addressed only if someone takes responsibility. Anirudh wants to be involved in taking responsibility in capacities including I. A.S. officers, N.G.O’s, litigators, reformers, activists and politicians.
Anirudh believes that being in one of the best law universities in the country would give direction to his unflinching resolve to contribute to society and help him make the best choice.
Aryan Khanna: Nalsar Univerity of Law

A tough competitor

Aryan has always been a tough competitor at anything that he attempts to do. Whether it is debate, sport or academics, Aryan has never shied away from engaging in competition. From the tender age of five, he has been competing in activities including karate, chess and music. His competitive spirit sometimes rubbed his family and friends the wrong way as he was always looking for someone to compete with. This competitive spirit provided him with a thirst for knowledge. He acquired the desire to remain dedicated to a cause and strive for continual success.

Aryan perceives his training and education in law as an opportunity to partake in the exciting prospect of acquiring knowledge to devise new strategy and the rewarding process of honing his skills through dedicated practice. This opportunity combined with his affinity for debating convinced him to pursue law as a course of study.

Apart from aiming to be an accomplished law practitioner, Aryan wishes to draft progressive legislation for a brighter future in our country. While drafting legislation currently appeals to him the most he is happy to explore other areas of legal practice with guidance from his peers and teachers. He opines that his training and education in law will culminate in an exciting contest, with its thrills and disappointments. Aryan looks forward to the thrills and is prepared for the disappointments as he feels that every bit of disappointment is disguised as a lesson that is likely to help satisfy his insatiable appetite for learning.
Nishtha Ojha: Nalsar Univerity of Law

Aspiring to fight against medical negligence

Nishtha comes from an educated middle-class family. Her father is a dentist and mother, a school teacher. Initially, her father used to serve in Bombay Hospital, but had to shift to Rajasthan due to some reasons and got posted in a small place in Rajasthan. The move was a culture shock to her parents as her father was born and brought up in Mumbai and mother in Vizag. Their residence was the Government quarter in the hospital campus. Her schooling took place in an average English medium school.

Since the mortuary was very close to their house, she regularly saw dead bodies being brought for post-mortem. The story of one such dead body moved her and eventually inspired her to take up the study of law. The deceased was a farmer who had to quit farming as he had become so weak that he could no longer practice farming. Although this man was under treatment for many months, he was showing no signs of improvement and eventually passed away. The shocking thing about his death was that he passed away due to Cancer and the doctors treating him were never aware about him having the disease. This incident evoked a desire in Nishtha to fight against the many deaths that are caused in India due to medical negligence.

This was just one of the hundreds of negligent deaths that take place every day in India where patients are not attended properly; there is use of unsterilised instruments, wrong blood transfusion, delayed diagnosis, frequent change of medicines, etc. Nishtha was disturbed by these cases and decided to take up the study of law to fight for the rights of the poor. She wanted to acquire the legal knowledge to provide justice to the people who were victims of medical negligence.

Nishtha wants to use litigation as a tool for those who can't afford treatment in private hospitals and fight for medical negligence cases. She also plans to specialise in medical law and ethics. Her ultimate dream is to run an NGO.
Ananya Harshad Patwardhan: National Law School of India University

A lawyer at heart

As a daughter of a PhD from IIT and an IIT-IIM alumnus, most friends had expected Ananya to take JEE and join IIT. It was a surprise to many that after emerging as the national top rank holder in ICSE, she opted to study law.

Ananya’s interest in law was sparked in her early teenage years after watching the movie ‘A few good men’, especially the electrifying courtroom climax. Her interest was reinforced and transformed into an earnest desire when she read Justice Chagla’s autobiography ‘Roses in December.’

Ananya’s interest in extra-curricular activities like elocution and debating further convinced Ananya that law was the right course of study for her. Her parents also encouraged her to pursue this seemingly unconventional dream.

While Ananya would like to become a renowned lawyer, her ultimate ambition is to be part of the higher judiciary serving in the High Court and subsequently Supreme Court. Ananya believes that higher judiciary is one of the rare institutions in our country that commands respect of all citizens. It is a potent force for good that can have an unparalleled positive influence on the course of the country and society while finding solutions to the most intractable of issues. Ananya considers it an honour and a privilege to serve on the higher judiciary and make her contribution.
Sania Abbasi: National Law School of India University

Aspiring to reach the underprivileged

Sania’s interest in law got triggered when she read the book ‘To kill a Mockingbird’. A character in the book, Atticus Finch, remains her favourite characters till date. This interest got cemented when her family got embroiled in a legal suit.

Her mother had rented out their bungalow in Delhi to a tenant who turned out to be a criminal and refused to vacate the property. Although she had taken all the precautions and had a registered deal, people advised her to give up what was rightfully hers and go for a settlement because a " legal suit would take up years" and " the system was corrupt" and how it would be very difficult for her since she was a single woman. This entire episode gave her a closer look at the judicial machinery of the country and she realised that the pursuit of justice is not an easy ride.

For the first time, Sania was stuck by the fear of the system the people had in their hearts. She realised that even in the 21st century, people are apprehensive of the judicial system which is a shame for our country. Sania believes that this apprehension arises mostly because of lack of legal knowledge. People are unaware of their rights, not only legal but also fundamental. This lack of knowledge of basic rights is a hurdle in their way of securing justice for themselves. This realisation inspired her further to take up law as a career in order to help these citizens seek timely justice.

Sania plans to reach out to the underprivileged and acquaint them with their rights and the law of the land. Sania aspires to become a litigator after graduating from National Law School and entering the courtroom. Sania wishes to use law as an instrument to bring justice to the underprivileged. She looks forward to not just studying and practising law, but also using her legal education as a tool to bring about changes that will actually reach out and impact the world around her.
Satyajit Bose: National Law School of India University

A deep interest in law

Satyajit hails from a family of chartered accountants, engineers and teachers and hence it was a surprise to many that he picked up law as a field of study. One of the primary reasons behind this decision was the property litigation that his family had been embroiled in for a little over 25 years. What had started off as a simple property dispute had developed into a complicated case involving numerous delays and missing documents. His first involvement in this case was at the age of 14 when he accompanied his parents to the sessions court. Satyajit was enthralled by the way the lawyers presented their arguments, as they argued over the most nuanced issues.

What cemented his decision to take up law as a field of study was the incident of his mother having to testify as a witness in court in 2014. His mother was terrified at this idea and Satyajit and his father had to prepare her thoroughly for the questions that she might be asked. Eventually, his mother managed to answer every question thrown at her with confidence. This incident was the driving force behind his CLAT preparation for 2 years. His dream finally came true when he entered the National Law School of India University.

Satyajit feels that although our society has an abundance of lawyers, there is dearth of people willing to shed the lucrative pay package and work for the downtrodden. In contemporary times, when the lawyer’s role in making or breaking the case has become paramount, it is difficult for the poor to hire a competent lawyer. As a result, they are denied justice. Satyajit deeply feels that it is a terrible indictment of our society if justice is doled out on the basis of monetary and political clout.

With this mindset, Satyajit has entered the National Law School of India University with an aim of utilising the platform provided by it to work for the underprivileged.

Satyajit plans on pursuing litigation after law school, with the hope of making the existing judicial system more responsive to the needs of the country.
Vihit Ashish Shah Ashish Shah: National Law School of India University

An inquisitive mind

Vihit’s interest in the field of law peaked when he had to perform four different monologues set in different times for an exam for Trinity College London acting and speaking course. Vihit performed the roles of Aegisthos’ justifying avenging the death of his cousin, Agamemnon; a young lawyer pleading for the accused on moral grounds; a German judge in a dilemma to sentence an innocent Jew and finally Sukhatme disparaging a young woman in a mock trial for having an illicit affair.

Inspite of having no family legal background, Vihit’s parents have been supportive of his decision to pursue law, which has made him push himself further in honing his verbal, literary and analytical skills. From participating in debates and elocutions to book reviews, poetry writing and even doing a course on public speaking, Vihit did not let any opportunity go waste. An incident which firmed up his decision to pursue law was when one of his relatives was cheated by his business partners and he was unable to do anything due to the loopholes which exist in the system.

Vihit’s internship with Indian International MUN in organising the World's largest MUN Conference in Mumbai in 2016 coupled with his inquisitiveness towards global politics has led him to consider pursuing International Relations after completing five years at NLSIU. Vihit hopes to work with the Indian Government as it would not only keep him engaged but it would also help him fulfil his wish of repaying the country by framing policies which will help shape its future. Vihit, however, is open to exploring other avenues of the diverse field of law.
Vishu Vipin Surana: National Law School of India University

A burning desire to find the truth

It is surprising to many that Vishu chose law as a subject of study initially on the basis of elimination. Since science was not her cup of tea, she chose commerce after her class ten exams. Since her father was a chartered accountant, everyone naturally thought that she will follow suit. However, Vishu wanted to think independently and find out her true calling.

What firmed up her decision to take up law was her parents’ revelation that her grandfather did not die of natural consequences in 2002, as she was told till that time, but was murdered. She was surprised at the fact that someone could harm him to this extent. What surprised her more was the fact that her parents did not pursue any legal action to find out the truth because of the perception that such cases drag on for a long time in the courts. Her family’s absence of courage to fight for justice moved her to the point where she wanted to provide consolation to other such families who avoid taking recourse to legal action merely because they fear the lengthy legal proceedings.

This incident is a reason why she is inclined towards specialising in criminal law. As a lawyer, Vishu hopes to assist people in getting speedy justice.
Anadi Singh: Gujarat National Law University

Learning from Life

Anadi hails from Fatehgarh, a small town in Central Uttar Pradesh, where his father was working as a teacher in a Government school. At the age of six, he moved to Kanpur with his mother and brother as educational facilities were better in Kanpur. His father used to make weekly round trips to Kanpur to meet his family. The sacrifice that his family made to give Anadi a sound education has made him realise its importance. This motivated him to take tuitions for financially weaker students in his locality till he reached ninth standard.

Studying in the same school throughout his life has helped Anadi understand the virtue and importance of stability in life. This influenced him to associate with Snehalaya, a Missionaries of Charity initiative in Kanpur for the old and the sick. Anadi used to collect old and used items from various households and provided them to the needy.

Anadi was always consistent in academics, the highlight being emerging as the highest rank holder in his school in the standard ten board examinations. Social studies and computer applications were always his favourite subjects in school. His decision to take up law as a course of study stemmed, in part, from his family’s inability to make well-informed decisions in a property dispute.

Anadi sees a lot of potential in blending law with programming to increase the accessibility of legal services to the middle class and youth. Anadi wants to explore more in this field after completing his education.
Sarvotham M Naik: Gujarat National Law University

Born to dream

Sarvotham comes from a family which had a high regard for education even though their financial condition was not good. His grandfather served as a cleaner in a hotel who struggled in life to make ends meet. Yet, he was able to provide his children with good education. Sarvotham’s father is a commerce graduate working for a private limited company as a clerk. His mother is a homemaker. His father could only afford to send him to AdmarMutt trust school. All his life, Sarvotham dreamt of studying in CBSE and ICSE board schools.

Sarvotham’s dreams of being a judge at the apex court of the country. He has been inspired by his grandfather’s stories of how influential the position of a judge was and how they have the potential to bring changes in the society. His grandfather used to serve tea at a municipal court and through this, got the opportunity to observe the work of judges closely.

The reformative theory of punishment has always kindled Sarvotham’s interest and he believes in Mahatma Gandhi’s saying that an eye for an eye turns the whole world blind. Sarvotham wants to bring reforms in the punishments by focusing on reformative theory rather than retributive or deterrent. He thinks being at the higher level of judiciary will enable him to bring such a reform because a single precedent can change the future of a society. Sarvotham wants to set that precedent which would make this society a better place to live.
Shreya Singhal: National Law University

In favour of gender-neutral laws

Shreya had always been an active propagator of women’s rights. She used to feel that discrimination in law itself has made women inferior to their male counterparts and resulted in systematic denial of their rights.

This opinion changed a little when an incident in her family forced her to broaden the horizon of her views. One of her family members committed suicide for he could not bear the consequences of being falsely charged under section 498A. This incident made her wonder as to how laws made with good motives to protect women could be misused to victimise and abuse men. This inspired and motivated her to take up law as a career option.

Shreya feels that such issues of misuse of law are not given its due importance in society as they are neither big nor fancy like issues of corruption or environmental pollution. She closely followed the changes in the implementation of section 498A, especially the directive of the Supreme Court of India to amend the section in the light of rising cases of false complaints by women against their husbands. Shreya strongly feels that under all such laws, rigorous punishment should be given to those who misuse them so that injustice is not done to men in the name of justice for women.

At times people find Shreya’s views to be illogical, impractical and sometimes they even feel offended. Some people label her as a dubious personality as they find it difficult to comprehend her ideas and approach towards this issue as they say that sometimes Shreya speaks for men’s rights and sometimes for women’s. Shreya feels that the time has come for the society to talk about justice rather than about rights for men and women.

Shreya’s aim is to specialise in human rights law. She wants to shift the focus of the masses from 'gender biased laws' to 'gender neutral laws' and bring absolute equality in society.
Aastha Malhotra: WB National University of Juridical Sciences

An evolved mind

At the young age of 11, Aastha was exposed to the injustice that prevailed in society when her domestic help despairingly spoke to her mother about her abusive and alcoholic husband. At that age, she could barely understand the magnitude of what was happening behind the closed doors of households. However, that incident left a profound impact on her. Soon, she realised that this was the unfortunate reality of thousands of other households across the country, regardless of socio-economic status. That was when she promised to herself that she will bring a positive change in the world.

Her resolve has, over the years become stronger. Her father, who is a lawyer himself, played an instrumental role in making her realise that it was only through legislation and policy making that she could make a substantial change that could potentially help several people.

Aastha wants to study the gaps in our legal system, and devise strategies to effectively fill them. She wants to focus her energies on Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) for women with an emphasis on mahila mandals and inter-parental child abduction. Another area of research that Aastha finds unexplored is the issue of mental and physical abuse in marriage faced by women of the Indian diaspora who live abroad, and difficulties in availing legal remedies. She strongly feels that inspite of these issues becoming increasingly relevant to society; legislation in this field is in its infancy.

Aastha considers it imperative to have an active analysis and discourse on child rights, rights of women, parental responsibilities, wholesome statutory remedies and policy making in this regard.
Kanishk Garg : WB National University of Juridical Sciences

A lawmaker at heart

Kanishk’s interactions with his father acted as an inspiration for him to take up law as a field of study. His father who himself had a law degree would have conversations with him for hours about current events, and the impact that each one had on the world and our society. He would explain how every aspect of our life is intertwined with the law. These conversations triggered a passion in Kanishk about law which continuously grew as he read on about recent rulings and the news. Soon, he began to realise how the law is instrumental in bringing about changes in society that affect the lives of millions. This drive to bring about such changes is what makes Kanishk aspire to be a lawyer.

Kanishk’s ultimate ambition is to become a lawmaker. He opines that having a good understanding of the law will be an enormous advantage when working on enacting legislation. Kanishk wishes to work on serious legislation on climate change, to bring it into our present political discourse considering the pressing issue that it is.

Kanishk wishes to have a career in law and eventually politics because he feels that with his background and ideas, he can be a good public servant who takes initiative and courageous risks when required.
Parth Hitendra Gala: WB National University of Juridical Sciences

Working for the welfare of others

There is a preconceived notion in Parth’s family that a person with no legal background cannot make it in the legal profession. This notion, fortunately, is not shared by Parth’s parents who encouraged him to think on his own.

Parth comes from a Gujarati business family which runs two shops in Mumbai. His relatives were always convinced that he will join in the family business. This is because most Gujaratis believe in working for oneself and not under someone else. This feeling of entrepreneurship is what inspires most Gujarati youngsters to get in to business.

Parth’s mother, a housewife, went one step ahead and taught him to ‘work for others and not just for oneself’. Parth believes that taking up the legal profession is the best path to altruistic work. Parth deeply feels that the happiness received in helping someone is unparalleled to any monetary consideration. Parth also feels that there is a desperate need for change in the justice system in India.

Parth wants to change the system from within and hence he aims to enter into politics after getting experience with working with NGOs and understanding the ground realities of the problems faced by people in the justice system.

Parth feels the change that he wants to bring forth cannot be brought around by one person but by changing the quality of legal education. Better lawyers and judges will eventually lead to a better system. Parth aspires to make himself capable enough to change the system.
Soham Chakraborty: WB National University of Juridical Sciences

Shaken but not stirred

The seminal moment in Soham’s life came when he witnessed the large-scale carnage that was caused by the Tsunami that struck his residence in Rangat — a tiny island in the Andaman and Nicobar group. That one moment of pure destruction, chaos and loss of people he had grown up with burst his bubble of relative peace and privilege. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he saw his father, who was a civil engineer in the Public Works Department in the Andaman islands, struggling helplessly to co-ordinate with the ill -funded disaster camps housing thousands — and the legislators camped in their mansions of Lutyens Delhi. This tragedy taught him his first lesson of power — that if you don't yield it yourself, be ready to be a silent witness in the struggles of human existence.

Growing up as an argumentative child, winning in debates and Model UNs everywhere from Calcutta to Delhi, bursting at the scams with doubt, skepticism and an idealistic desire to change the world — law was his natural choice as a field of study. The subject of law is not merely a matter of interest for Soham. It is the most effective medium to access power and to never again let himself be a silent bystander to the injustices and inequalities that plague those bitten by the bugs of circumstances.

Soham aspires to be an Indian litigator, with experience in the field of Disaster Response Laws.
Rajan Pandey: FMS

An innovator at heart

Belonging to a rural background, Rajan used to observe how his uncle used to spend his entire day in the field. To bring technological innovations in the farming sector, Rajan worked on a project in standard 11 named ‘Modern Agricultural Field’. His project included developing cell phone operated water pump, moisture meter and colour sensor. The project was mainly focused on reducing the time spent in the field and adopting innovative practices to cultivate the farms.

Due to his interest in agriculture, he began learning about innovations happening in other parts of India. He gathered information about other innovators whose products were being showcased in the exhibition on National Innovation Foundation. He came to know how those innovators were using technology in a cost-effective manner to build ingenious products including washing-cum-exercise machine and floating soap.

Rajan believes there are many innovations that do not get the deserved recognition because they are not marketed, branded and patented. If these innovations were to be launched globally, it would not only help uplift the financial condition of the poor rural innovator, but also encourage more innovators to come forward with their innovations in the future.

With an MBA degree to hone his finance, marketing and management skills, Rajan would like to associate with many of these grass-root innovators and organisations working for the same to help globalise these innovations. He also aspires to form a company which will offer farm equipment services on a pay-per-use basis by producing contextually appropriate technology for rural sector.

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