According to the university, 30 finalists were selected from more than five hundred applications received from India.
Indian student Tanmay Arora will soon be in Australia to realise his dream of higher studies. He does not have to pay the fee either. He is one of the winners of the Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship 2021.
He says, “I am very excited on winning the scholarship and am really grateful for this opportunity. Having worked on a number of R&D projects, I realised that I needed a holistic learning space to learn, grow, test and explore my ideas and inventions more than anything else.”
Six Indian students have received Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship 2021. The scholarships, valued at AUD 674,490, were awarded for studies at one of the University’s campuses in Australia for the entire duration of studies in a study area of their choice.
“Deakin extends its congratulations to this year’s recipients: Augusta Mariaraj, Bhavini Bhargava, Hritish Kakati, Moulishri Shukla, Rubaiyat Singh Takhar and Tanmay Arora,” the University said in a statement.’
The Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship program for India, launched in 2014, is a Deakin University’s initiative called ‘Changing Lives’, “which aims to reward bright minds with 100 per cent tuition fee waiver scholarships in emerging areas of STEM, Sports, Health and other areas of interest.”
According to the statement, the initiative has benefited 26 scholars “who have gone on to pursue higher education in Australia, enabling them to pursue their dream careers,” according to the statement.
This year, the scholarships were offered in association with the IPL cricket team Rajasthan Royals, Australian bank KPMG and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry.
According to the University, 30 finalists were selected from more than five hundred applications received from India.
“The finalists went through a rigorous selection procedure which included initial screening based on their academic merit, co-curricular achievements and a final round of group discussions and personal interviews,” the University told NRI Affairs.
“The final round to select the scholarship winners was conducted by a panel of judges which included senior representatives from Deakin University, the relevant strategic partner and neutral representatives from academia and the private sector.”
Professor Iain Martin, President and Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University, said that the Meritorious Scholarships were part of the University’s commitment to foster engagement with India by helping talented Indian students fulfil their ambitions of international education.
“The winners will take part in the Vice-Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program, which empowers scholars to explore their aspirations and career opportunities through workshops and development meetings, and regular consultations with an academic mentor,” Professor Martin said.
“I am thankful to our industry partners for collaborating with us on this great initiative and wish good luck to the winners for their future endeavours,” added Professor Martin.