31 July 2017 15:55:26 IST

Three students receive Mahindra scholarships of ₹8 lakh each

56 others awarded loan scholarship of ₹4 lakh by KC Mahindra Scholarships for Post-Graduate Studies

Three lucky awardees — Jay Dedhia, Soundarya Balasubramani and Mustafa Lokhandwala — received the 2017 KC Mahindra Scholarships for Post Graduate Studies.

These three candidates will receive an interest free loan scholarship amount of ₹8 lakh each. While Jay Dedhia plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, USA, Soundarya Balasubramani will be studying Management Science and Engineering at Columbia University. Mustafa Lokhandwala will pursue Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, USA.

In addition to these three, 56 candidates have been awarded an interest free loan scholarship of ₹4 lakh each.

The applicants will be pursuing their post graduate studies in a variety of subjects, such as Computer Science, Engineering, MBA, Law and Economics, in various reputed universities, such as Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Oxford and London School of Business, among others.

This year, i.e. 2017, is the scholarship programme’s 61st year, and KC Mahindra Education Trust (KCMET) received almost 1,100 applications from students who secured admissions to universities abroad.

A rigorous selection process culminated in 81 shortlisted candidates, who were interviewed by a panel of eminent leaders comprising Keshub Mahindra (Chairman Emeritus of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd) and Anand Mahindra (Chairman, Mahindra Group and Executive Chairman, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd), among a host of others.

Following two days of intense interviews, Keshub Mahindra said “Each year, these young, curious and extraordinary minds impress me with their clarity of thought, their sharpness, and the grit they have to achieve their dreams. My advice to them is when you realise your dreams, never forget that you are a part of a society and you must give back what you receive.”

Anand Mahindra, added, “These are two days that I never miss. Young Indians are the largest source of renewable energy we have! This year, the candidates were exceptionally bright and it was a challenge to select the final awardees.”

The first scholarship programme was set up by founder KC Mahindra in 1956, and it continues to offer promising Indian students the possibility of pursuing their higher education at reputed universities abroad. Till date, over 1,300 students have benefited from this scholarship.

For further details on the KC Mahindra Scholarships, visit their website .