Celebrating the achievements of UK alumni in India
When outstanding individuals receive a world-class education in the UK, the effects can last a lifetime. The Alumni Awards pay tribute to the impact that alumni of UK higher education institutions have had in their chosen field, and how this was sparked by their studies in the UK.
There are three award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial and Social Impact.
- The Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni whose work has created change in their chosen profession.
- The Entrepreneurial Award recognises alumni who have developed innovative solutions to problems within their industry.
- The Social Impact Award recognises alumni whose work has positively changed their society or community.
If you are an alumnus of a UK university and you want the world to know how your work is making a difference, you can apply for next year’s awards from summer 2018. We look forward to hearing your story.
Winners for 2017-18
Among stiff competition from a variety of strong applicants, these candidates stood out. Find out what makes their story unique.
Professional Achievement Award
Dr. Saumya Saxena - University of Cambridge and University of Oxford
Dr. Saumya has assisted the Law Commission in India in the field on possible amendments to personal law codes and assessing the feasibility of a uniform civil code. She has also published extensively on the subject of personal law in newspapers and also has a number of academic publications. Her work with Justice Verma Committee which was set up to revise Rape Laws in India has had an impact on every woman in the country. Dr. Saumya has pursued an Honourable Ph.D., Faculty of History from University of Cambridge.
Sushant Desai - University of Edinburgh
Mr. Desai completed his Master of Science in Management from University of Edinburgh and later went on to co-found Camphor Cinema in 2012 to provide an international platform for unique Indian stories and Sitting Duck Pictures (2015) that develops and produces global film content with worldwide sales and offers top value to investors. His first Production ‘Ramanujan’ was critically acclaimed and bagged a lot of awards including the Best Production Award at Norway's NTFF in 2015. Through Sitting Duck Pictures and Camphor Cinema, he aims at developing and producing other interesting films.
Social Impact Award
Ruchi Shah - University of the Arts London
Ruchi is very well known and often featured illustrator in India. Having published over 10 multilingual books so far, with prominent publishers like Pratham Books and Tulika Books. Her books- Creative Commons and StoryWeaver have been read more than 10,000 times by different children, and have been translated by the same children/parents into more than 17 global languages. She wants to continue bringing better contextual content and quality within the world of Children's Literature in India.
Congratulations to the winners.
Meet this year's finalists