Aditya Birla Scholarships 2009-10 announced
The eleventh Aditya Birla Group Scholarships were announced at a glittering event on 26 September 2009 at the ITC Grand Central in Parel, Mumbai. And this time, it were the students from India’s premier business school, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), who walked away with most of the glory, with 6 out of the 10 scholars from the institute. These six scholars are first year students of the flagship 2-year PGP course at IIMA.
We are proud of our students who cleared gruelling rounds to achieve this fete. It reflects the calibre of the batch and the quality of students coming to IIMA. We are sure they will go a long way.
The Aditya Birla Group Scholarship scheme
The Aditya Birla Group Scholarship scheme, instituted in 1999, is a way of fostering outstanding academic excellence and humane leadership values, in partnership with select institutions such as the IITs, BITS (Pilani), and the IIMs. The 10 best engineering and the 10 best management students are then selected as the ‘Aditya Birla Scholars’. The colleges which are invited to send applications include:
o IIMs: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Lucknow
o IITs (B. Tech): Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Mumbai
o BITS: Pilani
The initial shortlist for this scholarship featured the top 20 students in terms of the entrance exam ranking at the time of admission from the above institutes. The students’ overall achievements, spanning academic and co-curricular excellence, are weighted and assessed. Those selected for the next round are asked to write an essay. Essays written by these students are evaluated by a panel of judges and, based on their performance, candidates were shortlisted for the final round. Those shortlisted were then invited for an interview.
The final interview round, which took place on 26th evening at Mumbai, consisted of a 20 minute interview conducted by elite panelists, to assess a fit between the profiles of these candidates and the essay they had written. The 10 management students selected included 6 from IIMA, 2 from IIMB and 1 each from IIMC and IIML.
These students are assessed regularly on qualitative and quantitative parameters to judge their performance on the academic and leadership front. This assessment forms the basis for determining the continuation of the scholarship for the next academic session.
Esteemed Jury Members
The distinguished panel of judges comprised of Dr Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI; Mr Dileep Padgaonkar, Consulting Editor, The Times of India; Prof Hemachandra C Pradhan, Director, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education; Dr Jairaj M Phatak, Municipal Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai; Mr Pothen Paul, India Country Manager, Aker Solutions Pvt Ltd; Prod Ramakrishna V Hosur, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; Mr Ranjit Pandit, Managing Director, General Atlantic Pvt. Ltd – to arrive at the final list of 22 proud winners of this coveted scholarship for this year.
Quotes from the Aditya Birla Scholars 2009-10:
The Aditya Birla Scholarship posed a real challenge to compete in the toughest environment and I took it by being myself. Self- knowledge was the key. It feels great to share the platform with exceptional minds of the country.
– Ashok Kumar Bhardwaj
It was an awesome experience. The judging panel composed of luminaries in their respective fields. It is exciting to be adjudged as one of ‘Tomorrow’s leaders’ by this elite group.
Mohit Garg, an IIT Bombay graduate, too feels very impressed by the process for judging Aditya Birla Group scholars, “It was something very different. The opportunity to interact with the 40 best students from across the country was in itself quite a matter of pride. The judges in the panel are all leaders in their individual fields and the conversations I had with each of them were nothing short of extraordinary.”
Says Anindya Dutta, an IIT Kharagpur Gold medalist with a two year stint at Lehman and Nomura, “Ever since my admission to IIMA, I had wished to be a part of the exalted ranks of Aditya Birla Group Scholars. It is nothing less than a dream come true. Knowing that I was able to clear the stringent set of guidelines this scholarship is known for shall be a constant source of confidence and serve as an inspiration to set loftier goals for myself.”
For Chaithanya Rao Prabhakar, a fresher from IIT Bombay, the scholarship process was in itself an experience, “The preparation leading up to the interviews for the scholarship were quite a process of self-discovery. I would like to thank the Aditya Birla Group for considering me worthy of this scholarship and would like to reiterate the deep sense of honor I feel on being awarded the same.”
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