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“University of Bath ‘Young India Student of the Year 2018”



University of Bath, Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, was in Delhi  to announce the winner of economics essay competition for prospective Indian students.



Namit Makhija of Vasant Valley School, Delhi, was announced as the winner of international student essay competition, an initiative developed by  Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Department of Economics.


He was presented with the award by  Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex at a ceremony held on Wednesday 7 February at the British Council Delhi. For his prize winning essay, Namit will receive a bursary towards his studies when he joins University of Bath later this year.


 Assessing the benefits of open trade

As the first time it’s run, the Young India Student of the Year competition set Year 11 and 12 students across India the challenge of writing 2,000 words on the topic ‘Would India benefit from more open trade – for example with the UK?’.

The judging panel were impressed with the economic arguments developed by Namit in his essay, as well as his understandings of the trade-offs with poverty reduction and social mobility.

Commenting on winning, Namit said: “The debate between open trade and protectionism is a burning topic in every economic forum today and I am deeply honoured to have received the recognition from the University of Bath for my essay on the subject.

“Researching for this work was enlightening as it helped me enhance my understanding of the subject. I consider myself fortunate to get the opportunity to be a part of this institution, known for its quality, research-based education programme. I am excited and now look forward to my undergraduate experience at University of Bath.”


Compelling economic arguments

Dr Peter Postl, Head of Department of Economics, added: “We were impressed with Namit’s winning essay as it provides compelling economic arguments for India to be an open and outward-looking economy, while acknowledging that the distribution of the gains from trade needs to be managed carefully so as to help alleviate poverty and facilitate social mobility through education and equality of opportunity.

“His themes of growth, innovation, governance, and economic development are amongst the core interests of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences at the University, and so we are especially thrilled that Namit’s winning essay and his academic interests as a prospective Bath student link closely with the research interests of our academics.”

When he arrives in Bath in autumn 2018, Namit will study  BSc International Development with Economics.

The joint runners-up for the Young India Student of the Year 2018 competition were Apoorv Goyal of Dehradun’s Welham Boys School and Vaibhav Gupta of Gurgaon-based Delhi Public.





University of Bath, Chancellor, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex.








University of Bath, Chancellor, HRH The Prince Edward, interacting  with the essay competition winner Namit Makhija, Dr Peter Postl, Mrs. Mrinal Kapur Singh, Professor David Galbreath.







from left to right: James Reith, Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO DL, Mrs. Mrinal Kapur Singh (Executive Director, Prem N Kapur Associates), Dr Peter Postl, Namit Makhija (competition winner), Vaibhav Gupta, Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Professor David Galbreath.









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Mrs. Mrinal K. Singh ( Executive Director , Prem N. Kapur Associates ) with Winners and other shortlisted participants.


The Global Festival of Learning-India 2018’ showcased Bournemouth University (BU)’s research and expertise to a wide and varied audience over the last six years. The success of this Festival made possible by the hard work put together in planning and organising a rich and varied schedule of interactive sessions and activities.
The “Global Talent Young India  Award – 2018” Competition was a poster design competition on the theme, “Education in 2050: my vision.”. The winners were declared a grand prize of £500, along with 2nd prize £300 and 3rd prize £200. The recipients were announced at a ceremonial event on the evening of 16 February, 2018 at the British Council, New Delhi









Bournemouth University (BU) organised a unique education form, “The Global Festival of Learning-India 2018 “, which focused on the ‘celebration of learning’. The festival featured several interesting panels, public workshops and lectures on various topics.


The winners have received vouchers worth £500, the 1st runner-up vouchers worth £300 and the 2nd runner-up for £200. All other shortlisted candidates have received a Certificate of Merit. Moreover, selected submissions were exhibited at the India Habitat Centre and the British Council, New Delhi on 15th and 16th February, as part of Festival of Learning India 2018.

Speaking about the Global Talent Young India Award 2018, Bournemouth University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) Dr. Sonal Minocha said, “The Global Talent Young India Award is one of the ways that we are recognizing talent from India and motivating them to achieve further honours in life.




Mr. Peter Truckel, Bournemouth University, one of the speakers at the festival.


In our capacity as their official representatives in India, Prem N. Kapur Associates was the coordinator of the Festival of Learning for Bournemouth University in India.


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