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Tripti Tripathi: BITS ( Pilani)
Driven by the thirst for knowledge

Tripti Tripathi was born and brought up in a small town in central India. She says the thirst for knowledge has been her sole driving force; more so because her childhood was devoid of resources and surrounded by nescience and servile belief in the dogmas. This has motivated her to choose a path that leads to awareness and disseminating knowledge to people. These are the reasons she wants to pursue her education in engineering and eventually a career in academic teaching and research.

As a state board topper, Tripti directly got admission into BITS, Pilani. She envisions herself following in the footsteps of Nikola Tesla, the inventor of alternating current machinery and the Tesla coil. What she admires about him is that despite his scientific achievements, Nikola gave up his copyrights and patents, allowing others to innovate using his inventions. Over the years, Tripti has mentored younger students in her neighbourhood and taught underprivileged children in her spare time. Going ahead, she plans to help thousands of children who don’t have access to basic education. Tripti also plans to conduct basic research to solve native problems and devise engineering solutions based on indigenous knowledge and cost-effective yet efficient techniques.
 
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Aditya Kumar: IIM Ahmedabad
Building from scratch excites this engineer

Aditya Kumar’s father is a civil servant. Over the course of his father’s career, Aditya accompanied him across the country, from the metros of Delhi and Mumbai to the interiors of Assam and Chhattisgarh.

Exposure to different cultures, languages and customs inculcated in him the values of tolerance, appreciation and respect for diversity. He also learned to adapt to different groups and win the confidence of people easily, consequently motivating them towards a common aim.

Aditya consistently performed well in school and went on to study at IIT where he enjoyed exploring diverse subjects such as philosophy, environmental resource management, chemistry and literature apart from the core Computer Science courses.

Starting a small entity and nurturing it to success excites Aditya. For instance, he started a Quiz club from scratch for colleague at his workplace, and developed it into an integral part of the culture. The initiative gave him exposure into the arts of negotiation and consensus-building at the corporate level.

Aditya aspires to start a small company one day and build it up to a globally-known and respected entity. He believes his interpersonal skills and an open mind would hold him in good stead in this direction.

A management degree is a natural addition to Aditya’s technical background. He is looking forwards to learn from like-minded peers and faculty and aims to acquire the basic business grounding required for a successful business.
 
Akshita Ganesh : IIM Ahmedabad
A natural entrepreneur

Being from a family of serial entrepreneurs, enterprise comes naturally IIM-A student, Akshita Ganesh. She loves building engaging products and aims to use them in sectors that are traditionally low on engagement, such as education and healthcare.

While she was graduating from National University of Singapore, Akshita earned a scholarship to spend a year at Stanford University, where she learnt Technopreneurship and worked for a Silicon Valley start-up. The hands-on experience gave her an insight into consumer product analysis and management.

Her knowledge led her to become a product manager at Zynga. This was followed by a stint at Growthstory, a start-up platform that has founded companies like BigBasket, TutorVista, etc. Here, Akshita explored in depth, the technology used in education and fitness sectors. She identified the gaps that needed to be filled.

Equipped with the knowledge and experience, Akshita co-founded an education technology platform in March, 2014. The start-up aims to bring university ecosystem and employability to the world of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). Akhsita believes that the model has the potential to revolutionise the future of education, particularly, vocational training.

To take her initiative to its logical conclusion, Akshita is pursuing MBA from IIM-A. She hopes to understand all the crucial aspects of running a business – marketing, finance, operations and people management – before she takes her enterprise to the next level.

Apart from being an entrepreneur, Akshita likes to read, write and run.
 
Arundhati Hazra: IIM Ahmedabad
She aims to be an inspiration

Arundhati Hazra has always aspired to become an inspiring leader. And, she was encouraged by her parents, an IAS officer and a homemaker, to pursue her dream wholeheartedly.

Quest for learning has driven Arundhati to perform well academically, and also helped her in being selected for the IASc SummerResearch Fellowship in 2010. The project she implemented, on quality access control in digital image processing, taught her to analyse complex unknown problems and find solutions for them. This learning served her well during her most recent position as a software development engineer at AMD, where she took on the responsibility for the delivery of the video recording module for the company’s first Android product, taking inputs from three international teams and structuring her deliverables, accordingly.

Arundhati is hopeful that the rigorous pedagogy at IIM Ahmedabad will refine her critical thinking and leadership skills. Arundhati intends to develop mentorship programs for aspiring woman leaders. Eventually, she hopes to be a respected leader, like Indra Nooyi and Shikha Sharma, and wants to be able to inspire more women to aim for senior management roles.


 
Fern Sharma: IIM Lucknow
Building bridges through sports

IIM Lucknow student, Fern Sharma, can be described in one word – Sports. Having been blessed with a father who pushed her to play without ever thinking about her gender has given Fern the confidence and self assurance that she has.

She has represented Delhi twice in the U-19 football nationals. Throughout her school and college life she has remained involved in sports, football in particular.

But, the sport that has had the biggest impact on her is Ultimate Frisbee. She has played the sport for several teams across the country including Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai and was selected to represent India at the Malaysia Ultimate Open. Ultimate is the only self-refereed, non-contact, mixed sport that is played in 5:2 gender ratio. What Fern likes the most about it is that both men and women play in it together. CEOs, social workers, school children, doctors, entrepreneurs - all play in the same team.

Fern learnt a lot from her interactions with this diverse set of people and developed a keen interest in working towards the cause - 'sports for development'. She joined 'Pudiyador', an organisation in Chennai that aims to empower underprivileged sections of Indian society, primarily through an education program that fosters intellectual, social and cultural development of the children. She went there as a coordinator and designed the sports curriculum for the kids.

After MBA, Fern wants to work for 'Ultimate Peace' - an organisation in the Middle East that promotes peace using the character building sport of Ultimate Frisbee as a tool.
 
Gaurav Jain: IIM Shillong
A zeal to innovate

Gaurav Jain comes from a modest background which has helped him realise the importance of money and hard work. Real life challenges and a zeal to learn have pushed him to continuously innovate and take initiatives.

He always had a strong desire to establish himself as a good engineer, who could solve real time challenges faced by people. During his engineering course, he actively designed many innovative prototypes, such as 4D interfacing and traffic security system. After graduation, he realised that the lack of business experience was impeding his ability to take ideas and innovation to the masses. With a view to understand business, he joined Tata Consultancy Services., where he had a rewarding association. But, the desire to develop innovative solutions for masses remained unquenched.

Thus, he took the entrepreneurial plunge, setting up a small venture. However, despite rigorous hard work, it did not take off. This made him realise the need for management education. With a strong commitment to self-development, Gaurav has joined IIM Shillong, where he hopes to learn more about strategies necessary in the dynamic start-up environment. Eventually, Gaurav wants to set up Innovation Labs for rural and semi-urban innovators, developing new services/systems/products.
 
Jalaj Jain: IIM Ahmedabad
Because great is always better than good

Jalaj Jain believes in going the extra mile; good is not good enough for him. He is known among his peers for his commitment, consistent pursuit of excellence, and single-minded dedication towards his goals.

This tenacity has helped him become an NTSE Scholar, receive Globalink Scholarship from Prime Minister of Canada, and found a start-up, 'Photowalkrs'. Given his discipline and focus, Jalaj has been able to juggle a variety of interests and do equal justice to all of them. No wonder then that he was awarded the best graduating student at BITS Pilani.

Jalaj believes that the one thing that really is indispensable for his success is his habit of putting an extra level of effort and doing a little more, always. The importance of doing a bit more was demonstrated to him in 2011, when he organised his college's Model United Nations Society. Instead of the usual grind, he set himself the target to ‘make BITS MUN the biggest conference in India'. Though his team had doubts, Jalaj resolutely stuck to his target and achieved it successfully.

After graduating, Jalaj left a a high-paying job with an oil-multinational to work in a young startup. It was during this time that he learned about 'social enterprise' and nurtured a specific idea of creating a 'for-profit' organization that provides employment to the unskilled labour of India. Jalaj has joined IIM Ahmedabad to equip himself with the skills required to turn this idea into reality and take advantage of opportunities at CIIE (Center for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship) at IIM Ahmedabad. He, specifically, wants to develop decision making skills in a complex environment using quantitative techniques.
 
Karthik Krishna Sridharan: IIM Bangalore
Leading from front

Karthik Krishna Sridharan has excelled in academics, won medals at Maths and Physics Olympiads, captained the school Basketball team and secured a Black Belt in Kung-Fu. He secured All India Rank of 260 in the JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) and joined Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras.

At IITM Karthik moved from focussing on individual to team performance. He got an opportunity to test his leadership skills by organising Saarang, the five-day annual student-run cultural fest of IITM. He led a 20-member core team for the fest, addressing individual aspirations to motivate them towarda common goal. He introduced a Quality Management System to bring in accountability and transparency, and to ensure customer focus. QMS ensured everything was on time without any glitches and Saarang was certified ISO 9001:2008 compliant.

Buoyed by the success of Saarang, Karthik decided to pursue similar endeavours. After college, he declined a placement with a foreign bank to incorporate Teeyenaar Foods Pvt. Ltd. with a partner. He launched a fast-food outlet, Ensaladera, in a food court at Bangalore, competing with the likes of KFC, Subway and Dominos.

However, the business plateaued with small profits. That is when Karthik decided to learn how a successful start-up works. He joined iRunway, an Intellectual Property consulting firm. After a successful stint at the firm, Karthik realised that to further his entrepreneurial goals, a structured program was essential and decided to pursue MBA.

Karthik hopes to enhance his instincts and develop a structured approach towards identifying market gaps, refining business and product ideas and developing robust implementation plans, from this programme. He also hopes to gain insights on fostering the best organisational systems and cultures by working for some of the best companies.
 
Mohan Kumar pradeep Kumaran: IIM Kolkata
Autos give him the kick

Cars and bikes have always excited Mohan Kumar. He followed his passion and did Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy.

Post graduation, Mohan worked with Mahindra and Mahindra in the product development vertical for almost 4 years. This long stint gave him exposure to various aspects of the automotive industry. He also got the chance to work on two new vehicle platforms that gave him a chance to delve into various aspects of product development like product planning, market research and product definition.

Working on design and development, helped him gain technical expertise in the design of an automobile, technological roadmap of the industry, manufacturing constraints and supplier capabilities among other things. In fact he has also filed a patent for an innovation in cooling system for an upcoming engine.

Mohan wants to head the automotive division of a global OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). A masters in management will help him learn the various business aspects of an industry. In the long term, he wishes to develop a vehicle from concept phase and make it a game changer in the automotive industry.
 
Neha Sharma: IIM Kolkata
She wants to scale new heights

Neha Sharma is a Computer Science engineer by education, with almost 7 years of work experience in data analytics.

Neha started her professional life as a software programmer and gradually worked her way into data analytics. Data analytics is her passion and she has seen many high points during her career but she realised that she needed a more holistic education, particularly, business education.

er objective of studying at IIM Calcutta is to excel in the field of data analytics and provide solutions backed by data. Neha wants to be Chief Analytics Officer of a Fortune 500 company, some day. She believes the world class education that would receive at IIM Calcutta would propel her into a world of success.
 
Nitesh Jain : IIM Bengaluru
Following his passion

Nitesh Jain loves science and technology. More than that, he loves to apply them to make lives better. Full of curiosity and an urge to learn, Nitesh excelled in school and scored a top 500 rank in IIT- JEE. The passion for science led him to an undergraduate engineering degree at IIT Bombay, a Masters degree at UT Austin on a scholarship, and a job as a senior R&D engineer at Synopsys in Silicon Valley, California.

At Synopsys, he would often work on turning nascent ideas into a finished product, which exposed him to technological challenges and helped him develop a skill set to handle them. Nitesh learned from his mother, the value of giving back to the society and a sense of duty. Having been raised in Rajasthan where water scarcity is a norm, Nitesh decided to understand more about efficient irrigation by volunteering for a drip irrigation start-up, 'Driptech' in US. He took part in the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, where he worked on the Farmers Exchange Project, a voice-based social media for rural agricultural communities. He also worked as content editor for an online education start-up.

In his six-year stint in Silicon Valley, Nitesh gained first-hand experience of the huge impact of technology-driven products and services on the lives of people. And, he realised that such technology can have many useful applications in India.

His long-term goal is to apply the widely available technology to solve common problems in education and health in India. His stint with Driptech and mayankacademy, made him realise a gap in his understanding of the practical aspects of business - to take an idea from a prototype stage to a sustainable enterprise.

The decision to pursue MBA comes with the objective to fill this gap. Nitesh hopes that IIM-B, being in Bangalore - the technology and start-up hub of the country, will give him an excellent opportunity to interact with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and understand the nuances of business in the Indian context.

Nitesh has already taken the first steps towards his goal by setting up a data-driven lab at IIM Bengaluru in collaboration with New York University with a mandate to address issues in the field of agriculture, education, and health. After finishing MBA, he plans to work on one of the promising ideas from the lab and execute it on the ground.
 
Nitisha Sethia: IIM Ahmedabad
Exploring her passions

Natisha Sethia is an explorer at heart; she enjoys discovering along the way. After graduating in Psychology, she found herself wanting to explore the subject further. She pursued a Masters in Psychology, where she studied Organizational Psychology and found it extremely exciting.

During her internship with ITC Limited, Natisha realised that she enjoyed working in the corporate world. But, she realised that there was a considerable knowledge gap - while she was adept at understanding the "soft" side of the organisation, she lacked the "hard" skills required for a 360-degree critical outlook towards a business.

While in college, Natisha founded 'Urban Junkie' - a startup in the fashion-retail industry. While the initial growth curve was very steep, the revenues became flat soon. She lacked a clear understanding of how to scale up the business further. This led her to pursue management education to add to my current understanding of Organizational Psychology.

During her stint at Urban Junkie, Natisha enjoyed the process of critically examining a business situation and developing an appropriate strategy, the most. This, coupled with experiences in preparing for consulting interviews, ignited her interest in the world of consulting. Thus, while exploring her interests, she finally discovered a strong passion that lay latent inside her.

After acquiring the skill set required to be a critical problem-solver at IIM-Ahmedabad, Natisha wants to enter the world of retail consulting - an area that aligns both with her understanding of consumer psychology and her experience in the retail industry. Her aim is to eventually be able to streamline the highly unstructured retailing industry in India and tap the latent potential of this sector.
 
Shubhangini Suresh : IIM Kozhikode
Confidence is her mantra

Shubhangini Suresh comes from a family of professionally diverse achievers. She has learnt from them, nuances and management of workplace dynamics.

Confidence from a strong support system and experience from the various positions of responsibility that she has held through school, college and work motivated Shubhangini to create an opportunity to build and lead a team within less than a year at her job with Tech Mahindra.

As a team lead, she was able to apply her skills and competencies effectively to coordinate with people from all levels of the company, build a team, optimise performance and deliver high quality, deadline-driven service to clients.

While this experience offered great learning, Shubhangini felt the need to learn management and business fundamentals via a formal, holistic and in-depth education at a premier B-school, and thus she decided to study at IIM Kozhikode.

Shubhangini aims to start a leadership program; in seven years she wished to be in a position to shape her organisation's strategy and growth, and make a definite difference to the organisation and society.
 
Suraj Prakash: IIM Kozhikode
Excellence is his mantra

Suraj Prakash has endeavoured for excellence all his life. He has done mining engineering from IIT Kharagpur and worked in a mining projects company before entering IIM Kozhikode.

Suraj has already started an enterprise of his own - aimed at providing a healthier, tastier and hygienic food experience to his customers through mobile food trucks. But, he has joined IIM Kozhikode to get the necessary acumen to run and grow the business.

He aspires to develop the necessary management skills and enhance his understanding of business processes. After completing MBA, he intends to use his skills to build and manage ventures which would contribute towards integrated growth of the country.
 
Vaibhav Choubey: IIM Bengaluru
Accelerating the journey to success

Adapting to different cultures and making new friends has been the story of Vaibhav’s childhood; his father being a in a government job. Community upbringing instilled in him the essence of teamwork, made him receptive and helped develop a cosmopolitan outlook.

Vaibhav believes that one of his biggest achievements during school and college was successfully maintaining the balance between academics, sports and extracurricular activities. He graduated from IIT Delhi with a department rank of 4, was awarded the highest sporting accolade - College Blazer for Outstanding Contribution to Sports over 4 years, and gained experience from different responsibilities - Captain, IIT Delhi Football team; Overall Coordinator, IIT D Technical Fest.

On graduating, he joined Beroe Inc., a procurement intelligence start-up in Chennai. Here he was exposed to critical projects, dealing directly with Fortune 500 clients. Interactions with procurement managers in FMCG and oil industry and industry experts instilled in him the curiosity to delve deeper into the system which ran such large-scale companies. Later, he joined ITC Limited in their Tobacco Division.

Vaibhav has been constantly recognised for aligning his team members and shopfloor employees and for building their capability to deliver benchmark performances. His long term goal is to lead large organisations, thereby, be able to influence a larger part of the environment.

He also envisions himself contributing to make the Indian manufacturing industry more competitive. Such an aspiration requires an accelerated learning curve with a strong foundation in business management. Hence, Vaibhav has decided to pursue MBA from IIM Bengaluru to understand different facets of business.
 
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Aditi S: IIT Delhi
In the quest for excellence

Seventeen-year-old Aditi found her calling early in life. Thanks to her parents who are professors at NIT Jalandhar, she developed a keen interest in the sciences, especially mathematics, in her childhood itself. Solving advanced problems while preparing for Olympiads and JEE deepened her passion for these subjects. Aditi is eager to explore the world of computers because she feels that they have the power to convert the world into a small global village. This combined with her love for maths led her to choose computer science as her engineering stream.

Academic excellence has been Aditi’s forte. Not only did she rank seventh in India in the JEE (Advanced) 2014, but she was also the girls topper. In addition, she was among the top 1% in Physics Olympiads (NSEP) both at the national and state levels. Aditi is determined to make the best of her stay at IIT Delhi. She wants to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to enrich her learning experience and develop her personality and life skills. She also plans to get involved in social service activities because she strongly believes that one must contribute to society in every way possible. In the long run, Aditi aims to utilise her expertise and make technology to improvise education and engineering practices that could help India become a self-dependent country.
 
Akashdeep Goel: IIT Roorkee
Doing what he loves

As a child, Akashdeep Goel would get fascinated by natural phenomena such as thunder and lightning and was curious to find out how and why they occurred. He was inclined towards exploring new things and delving deeper into the technical aspects of their functioning. At the age of 7, he remembers changing the LED pattern of a toy car by breaking and reconnecting the wires. His interest in computers developed when he got one of his own. What intrigues him is the manner in which computers work and how even the slightest alteration can produce different results. Akashdeep has excelled in academics and was a topper from classes 7 to 12. He also loves video editing, coding, web development and playing cricket. A burning desire to excel and rise above the crowd is what motivates this engineer in the making.
 
Aniket Bajpai: IIT Delhi
Following his dreams

Aniket Bajpai has a dream that each and every Indian develops a scientific temperament. The seeds of this dream were sown during his visit to Tokyo in 2009. It exposed him to the Japanese pursuit of excellence coupled with their back-to-nature methodology of understanding science. That laid the foundation of his journey towards excellence. Studying Blue-J in school and C++ and micro-computers in college got him hooked on to the potential of computers.

Aniket has several academic distinctions to his credit — he ranked first in India in the National Talent Search Examination 2010, won a gold medal for India at the International Physics Olympiad and a silver medal at the International Junior Science Physics Olympiad. An all rounder, Aniket is also interested in western instrumental music, art and sports. He cleared Grades 1-5 of Keyboard theory and practical exams conducted by the Trinity College, London. Aniket hopes to come up with applications which will revolutionise and improve the quality of life. He wants to make it possible to expand the reach of science to one and all in India.
 
Anusha Goel: IIT Roorkee
Reaching new heights

Anusha Goel has the distinction of being the first engineer in her family. She found out about IITs in her tenth standard and chose to appear for the JEE to get into one. Anusha credits her family and their unwavering support for her success in the JEE and admission into IIT. Anusha wants to make use of all opportunities available at IIT Roorkee to achieve her goals and become successful. She believes that dedication and hard work can result in great achievements. But above all, she wants to be a good human being because that is what her grandparents have taught her. After completing her course, she plans to develop and market a new technology which will make her well known. She also wants to be able to support some underprivileged sections of society, primarily for their education.
 
Chitraang Murdia: IIT Bombay
Breaking stereotypes

Chitraang Murdia says that there is a myth that children from small towns can’t do anything big in life. Coming from Udaipur in Rajasthan, he seems to want to prove this wrong. Chitraang credits his father (who is an IIT Delhi graduate) for his love for the sciences. He owes all his achievements to his father’s motivation. Chitraang won a gold medal at the International Physics Olympiad 2014. He also ranked first in India in the JEE (Advanced) 2014. Chitraang feels that since we live in an era of technology, computer science as an engineering branch is growing in leaps and bounds. He says that IIT Bombay has one of the best computer science and engineering (CSE) departments with excellent faculty and facilities. He wants to pursue a career in research because he feels that researchers and scientists are pioneers of change and the catalysts that transform the world. Chitraang believes that through the field of computer science he would be able to give back to society and contribute towards making the world a better place. With this aim in mind, he plans to complete his Ph.D. and join the CSE department of a prestigious institution in the field of education and research.
 
Govind Lahoti: IIT Bombay
Computer science is his first love

Govind Lahoti credits the continuous encouragement he received from his family for his passion for computer science. While in school, Govind became fond of computer coding and this slowly developed into an obsession. He spent hours learning computer languages, cracking algorithms and solving programming problems. His elder brother, also a software engineer from IIT Bombay, helped him understand the complexities of the field. Govind says this significantly influenced his choice of study. Govind dreams of creating a software company like Google or Facebook that will establish Indian dominance over the internet. He plans to create something innovative that will serve as a platform for Indian youth to come forth and utilise their skills to the fullest. He feels that India’s biggest problem is the outflow of talent to foreign countries and he wants to stop that by generating more employment and better opportunities. His aim is to serve the nation economically and socially by creating a software company. Govind ranked third in India in the JEE (Advanced) 2014 and was also a National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) scholar in 2010. His other interests include swimming, surfing the internet, reading fiction novels and playing chess.
 
Israrul Haque: IIT Kharagpur
The go-getter

An optimistic person, Israrul Haque has been a go-getter since his childhood. He has managed to achieve whatever he set his mind to. His upbringing in a modern Muslim family and the values he received in a Jain school deeply influenced his ethics, personality and choices. Academic excellence has always been important to Israrul — he topped his class almost every year since primary school. He was also determined to bust the myth that students who concentrate on academics don’t do well in the JEE. He managed to do so by scoring 93.2% in his class 12 board exams and an All India Rank of 1323 in the Jee (Advanced) 2014. But life isn’t only about academics for Israrul. He loves music and singing as well as writing prose and songs.

The vast application of chemical engineering in today’s world and the growing demand for green chemistry led him to opt for the field in IIT Kharagpur. Israrul plans to invent eco-friendly materials and polymers that will be easily available to the common man. He also wants to design an efficient yet cheap solar cell that will be decomposable. His aim is to found a start-up that will focus on making such solar cells as well as explore other eco-friendly power generation methods.
 
Kapil Eknath Vaidya: IIT Bombay
Excelling despite the odds

Kapil Eknath Vaidya’s father has been his inspiration to study and work hard. Despite facing several hardships and no financial help from his family, Kapil’s father completed his M.Sc. (Agriculture) and Ph.D. and is a senior research scientist at an agricultural university in Akola, Maharashtra. What is commendable is that Kapil managed to top the JEE (Advanced) 2014 in Maharashtra and get an All India Rank of 13 without any tutorials. He also ranked first in the state in the JEE (Main) 2014. Kapil feels that he had limited opportunities in Akola. Hence, he now wants to make the most of the facilities and opportunities available at IIT Bombay. Kapil feels that it is engineers who develop new things to help make life better. That is why he decided to become one. He plans to complete his post graduation course in computer science itself and is interested in developing new technologies. Kapil also likes participating in social activities and has taught younger students.
 
Karnati Vinod Reddy: IIT Madras
To work for the people

Karnati Vinod Reddy made not just his family, but his village proud by being the first to get into an IIT. Vinod comes from a rural background and his father is an agriculturist. His parents could not study much, but they were determined that he complete his education. Vinod says it was his school principal who motivated him. He often told Vinod that if he could get into a technical field, it would inspire many children from rural areas. This led to his interest in technology and he chose to study computer science, one of the most sought after branches of engineering. Vinod is also deeply interested in general knowledge and social issues. He plans to combine his interests and pursue a career in the civil services. He wants to become an IAS officer because the opportunities they get to serve people and the respect they receive fascinates him. Vinod is fond of Telugu and English literature and likes writing poetry and essays.
 
Kevin Pandya: IIT Guwahati
Perseverance is the key to success

Kevin Pandya believes in not losing focus of his goals, no matter what obstacles he might face. Having studied in a Gujarati medium school, he found it tougher to appear for the JEE (Advanced). Despite that, he managed to get an All India Rank of 704, which he rates as his biggest achievement till date. Kevin chose to study computer science because he is interested in the field of artificial intelligence. He plans to complete his post graduation studies after further after graduating from IIT. Taking his interest in robotics further, he wants to make people’s professional lives easier by designing a machine that can do most functions by itself without any human supervision.
 
Saksham Sharma: IIT Kanpur
Doing what he is passionate about Making his mark

Saksham Sharma’s parents have always motivated him to excel and reach for the stars. Their attitude has made him strive for excellence in whatever he does. He was introduced to computers when he was just five years old. His father is into computer hardware and with him, Saksham took to computers as well. By class eight, Saksham had learnt basic programming in C++ and basic animation as a hobby. It was around this time he decided that computer science would be his field of study. Later on, his developing interest in math and logic reinforced this decision. Saksham was a state topper in the JEE (Main) 2014 and got an All India Rank of 10. He also won the NASA Ames Space Settlement Design Contest 2012. His father wanted him to become an IAS officer, but Saksham has managed to convince him that he will excel in computer science because he is passionate about it. Saksham intends to complete a master’s degree from a renowned university abroad and gain as much as experience as possible. He then wants to return to India and open a start-up to bring about something innovative and new. Saksham’s other interests include photography and playing badminton.
 
Shruti Agrawal: IIT Kanpur
Forging her path

Shruti Agrawal comes from a family that has produced three generations of engineers. She decided to follow in the footsteps of her father and brother and made up her mind to study at IIT Kanpur. Her hard work paid off and she got admission into the premier institute. Shruti chose chemical engineering because she feels it perfectly combines her fields of interest such as Classical Newtonian Mechanics, Fluids, and Heat and Energetics. She wants to pursue research in nanotechnology and has already read a few journal articles and research papers about it. She is particularly interested in its application to industrial applications such as the evolution of long-lasting batteries, nanosensors and bio-medical applications. Engineering apart, Shruti has varied interests. She like reading, and creative writing and has written for the Hindustan Times. She also obtained a senior diploma in Bharatnatyam.
 
Shubham Gupta: IIT Guwahati
He dreams of helping his mother

Shubham Gupta and his two elder siblings were singlehandedly raised by their mother. His father passed away when he was little and he has grown up seeing the efforts and sacrifices his mother made. Shubham says he has admired his mother’s hard work since childhood and this has motivated him to fulfill his dreams. Though he made her proud by getting into IIT, he wants to do more for her. Shubham is fascinated by computers and Steve Jobs is his role model. After graduating, he would like to work with the best IT companies and enhance existing technologies through his innovative ideas.
 
Yogesh Biyani: IIT Roorkee
Fulfilling his parents’ dream

Yogesh Biyani’s parents passed away in his early teenage years. It was their dream to see him become a computer engineer. Despite several tragedies and financial hardship, he finally managed to get admission into IIT Roorkee. Yogesh credits his father for sending him to Kota to prepare for the JEE despite financial difficulties. What he admires more is that his father never let him find out about the hardship. After graduating, Yogesh wants to work with renowned IT companies to gain experience. He later plans to set up his own company. He also wants set up a charitable trust for children who can’t utilise their talents due to lack of funds. He says he doesn’t want anyone else to face the problems he did. He says an important lesson he has learnt is that there are only two kinds of people in the world — those who can do it and others who have done it.
 

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Sonika Chandok: XLRI Jamshedpur
She wants to make HR more humane

Sonika Chandok is an army man’s daughter; discipline and empathy come naturally to her. Her career aspirations and choices are also largely shaped by these attributes.

She is inspired by the level of motivation, training and care that the HR is army shows and she considers it her role model. She desires to build an HR system that not only motivates employees but also yields benefits worth the employees' sacrifice.

She believes that for a corporate entity desiring to maximise output from human capital, it is essential that the human capital derives optimal utility out of employment. She wishes to achieve this equilibrium at the organisation that she becomes a part of. She also believes that such equilibrium is also important for society. She will, therefore, also pursue her goal of educating the underprivileged.
 
Astha Tambi: Nalsar Univerity of Law
A challenging career

Born in Jaipur, Astha did her schooling in Delhi and Mumbai. Coming from a family of engineers and doctors, a career in science was an obvious choice for her; though the choice was mainly in her mind rather than her heart.

Over a period, she soon realised that it is not the question of being a doctor or an engineer, but about being able to rise to the top of your game. Till her 10th standard, law was nowhere on her career radar; it was only during a search for an alternate career option, that she did a detailed analysis about law as a career option.

She found that Law is a very interesting and challenging career. It was something that was logical, yet it demanded critical and analytical reasoning. The various activities that she participated in school such as debating, public elocution, MUNs inculcated in her the skills of analytical reasoning, public speaking, interpersonal skills, research and writing skills – all of which are essential qualities of a good lawyer.

Her family values and environment (her grandmother was a teacher and grandfather was a politician), motivated her to do something for the society and the underpriveleged people. Therefore she thought that Law as a profession would help her employ her various skills and also help her contribute towards the betterment of the society.

As far as her professional plans are concerned, she aims to pursue Law as a profession to not only attain financial stability but also put in efforts and time to help the underprivileged section of society seek justice. She believes that over the next five years her opinion will change, she will learn new things but her core beliefs will remain the same.
 
Jyothsna Gurumurthy: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Seeking equal justice for all

Jyothsna Gurumurthy was the first person in her family to choose to study Law. Her decision to pursue Law as a profession was attributed to certain situations where she had witnessed people being treated unfairly, not given due respect and denied justice, which she feels is an intrinsic human right.

The concept of justice appeals to her deeply. According to her, justice doesn't merely mean punishing a criminal and obtaining compensation for affected parties. Justice ensures that people in any society can live without fear and feel secure in the knowledge that the Law of the land is with them and for them: that in its eyes, all of them will be treated equally.

Though law is conventionally recognised as a set of rules mandated by a State on its citizens, it also entails unwritten norms and codes of conduct that people are expected to follow in various social settings. Law ensures that an accused is not pronounced guilty unless proven so in a court.

Hence it is of paramount importance that our judicial system does not merely cater to the
ability of persuasive argumentation but also upholds the principles of ethical and moral
justice.

Jyothsna plans to contribute to the society by making it a fair and just place to live in rather than a place that victimises the oppressed. She dreams of working from grass root levels to the top in making sure that affected parties secure their birth right — justice.
 
Sadhika Gulati: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Providing legal help to the needy

Sadhika comes from a family comprising diverse professional accomplishments — her grandfather is an engineer, father is into management, mother is a teacher and sister is pursuing architecture. With such multi-dimensional and successful careers already existing in the house, she always had the liberty to appreciate any career that she wanted to pursue. The exposure and freedom led her to appreciate the enigma that law is.

The study of law intrigues her. According to her, the logical consistency and well-rounded knowledge that law provides is liberating. Despite its linear logic, it fascinates her to know how law still allows us to think out of the box. She feels it facilitates us to view the same set of given facts from different perspectives, while remaining well within the ambit of the established rules.

She however is well aware of the inaccessibility of the judicial system for a large section of society and plans to take a step towards remedying it by providing legal help to the needy. She intends to form a society of lawyers who would devote a fixed amount of time on pro bono cases.

She wants to explore the wide variety of disciplines offered in law school and discover where her calling is, before deciding on her professional career plan. She is confident that she will put her heart into it.
 
Virali Chetan Nagda: Nalsar Univerity of Law
Pursuing research in military laws

Virali belongs to a middle class family based in Mumbai, who had no one from his family in the law profession. Surrounded by chartered accountants and doctors, he would immerse himself in classroom chapters as a source of enlightenment, to keep away from the realms of the above fields.

That is when he realised that while people had a multitude of ways of expressing themselves, be it by their clothes, association, gestures, creativity, his strength was words. Being a part of literary and debate society through school, later presiding over it, and finding his potential in debates in college, he slowly discovered his fascination for words , and how lives could be transformed by just reasoning out facts through the right interpretation of words.

With his father, being an avid reader of the status of Indian defence militia, he realised how redundant our legal system had been in regulating influential politics in the functioning of military. The only possible way of changing that seemed to engage with the system itself, by studying the laws pertaining to and affecting the intricate issues of our defence forces, for example, their decision making accountability and actual access to resources allotted to them.

According to him, studying law in a law school is his way of understanding the law. He aims to do research in the military laws in the duration of his course, collaborate his passion for words, which would help him bring a change in the system's policy towards the defence system, while pursuing advocacy as a profession.
 
Aditya Ajay Karekatte: National Law School of India University
Inspired by My cousin Vinny!

For Aditya Ajay Karekatte, the inspiration behind considering a career in law was the English comedy film – My cousin Vinny, which he had watched when he was in the ninth grade. His parents were naturally sceptical that their son had made a life-changing decision based on a film, but that didn't let Aditya change his mind.

Over the next four years, he learnt every bit about law he could, speaking to lawyers and accompanying them to find out whether it was interesting enough and whether he was meant for it.

The efforts paid off. By 2013, Aditya was confident that law was indeed the right profession for him. What he liked best about being a lawyer was the fact that it allowed him to pursue activities he loved the most – analysis, argument and oratory! The other good thing about being a lawyer was it would allow him the opportunity to give back to society.

In future, Aditya is keen to combine his passion for biology and law and work in the field of intellectual property rights or take up cases of medical negligence. Though Aditya’s worried about not having enough experience in either field, he is determined not to let that come in his way of achieving his goal.

The next five years that Aditya spends pursuing his law course, he wants to learn and gather experience about the many fields of law.
 
Nikita Garg: National Law School of India University
Fighting for the downtrodden

In the hallowed courtyard of the Madras High Court stands the statue of the first Indian Advocate General of the Madras Province, Sir V. Bashyam Aiyangar; who, coincidentally, is Pavan's ancestor. Though his family background didn't play an important role in moulding his career choice, it was a personal experience, which left a lasting impression on him, and inspired him to choose law as a profession.

The gross inequity and injustice meted out to the farmers in Odisha made Pavan realise about the significance of legal services. He saw farmers being exploited, marginalised and disenfranchised. They had no access to basic legal services and no understanding of their legitimate rights. Middlemen ensured that they would remain in penury and were forever bonded. Their sufferings, for no fault of theirs, motivated him to be a change maker.

Ever since his school days, he has been an inspired orator with a passion for analysis of the intricacies of various issues of public policy. At the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), he is an active member of the Legal Services Clinic. He plans to take up his passion for public speaking something, which he strongly feels, that he could never have done in any other professional course.

According to him a man's only weapon is his mind. He feels that an education in law will enable him to sharpen this weapon — to create a weapon of social change. To be a potent change maker he would require specialisation in areas of Law, Economics, Political Science and Public Policy — a specialisation which Law school will, no doubt, provide him.

Additionally, he also hopes to imbibe the altruistic objectives of the Legal Services Clinic to provide legal services to the disadvantaged sections of society, during his stay in NLSIU. He also aims to build a solid foundation for himself with the best education, practical experience and networks.

With such a broad-based and holistic education, he is confident that he will be well equipped to work with organisations that strive to create a positive socio-economic change.
 
Pavan Srinivas: National Law School of India University
Fighting for the downtrodden

In the hallowed courtyard of the Madras High Court stands the statue of the first Indian Advocate General of the Madras Province, Sir V. Bashyam Aiyangar; who, coincidentally, is Pavan's ancestor. Though his family background didn't play an important role in moulding his career choice, it was a personal experience, which left a lasting impression on him, and inspired him to choose law as a profession.

The gross inequity and injustice meted out to the farmers in Odisha made Pavan realise about the significance of legal services. He saw farmers being exploited, marginalised and disenfranchised. They had no access to basic legal services and no understanding of their legitimate rights. Middlemen ensured that they would remain in penury and were forever bonded. Their sufferings, for no fault of theirs, motivated him to be a change maker.

Ever since his school days, he has been an inspired orator with a passion for analysis of the intricacies of various issues of public policy. At the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), he is an active member of the Legal Services Clinic. He plans to take up his passion for public speaking something, which he strongly feels, that he could never have done in any other professional course.

According to him a man's only weapon is his mind. He feels that an education in law will enable him to sharpen this weapon — to create a weapon of social change. To be a potent change maker he would require specialisation in areas of Law, Economics, Political Science and Public Policy — a specialisation which Law school will, no doubt, provide him.

Additionally, he also hopes to imbibe the altruistic objectives of the Legal Services Clinic to provide legal services to the disadvantaged sections of society, during his stay in NLSIU. He also aims to build a solid foundation for himself with the best education, practical experience and networks.

With such a broad-based and holistic education, he is confident that he will be well equipped to work with organisations that strive to create a positive socio-economic change.
 
Sanskriti Sanghi: Gujarat National Law University
Dedicating for the betterment of the society

'The gift of the gab' was a phrase commonly associated with Sanskriti during her childhood days and the association of this skill has always been with one which a lawyer possessed. This phrase in due course got stuck with her and became the initial root of her desire to become a lawyer.

As a child who grew up in an Army household, she was witness to many changes — moved from South to North India, from convent schools to co-educational ones and from a joint family to a nuclear family. These experiences allowed her to interact with and understand the diverse sections of our population. The disparity and disconnect she saw between the powerful and the powerless instilled in her a desire for a change.

The traditional or immature images that she had of a lawyer in her mind were now replaced with those of lawyers as individuals, who have the capacity to be catalysts, or at least be the initiators of change.

It is said that 'reading is the only way in law school' — with qualities such as being curious and an avid reader, for her law seems to be the apt path to choose. She feels that the subjects, which a law school offers, are thought provoking and provide a platform to develop a holistic perspective and the tools to apply these on a larger scale too.

A lawyer has the power to make a difference, in the future, she aspires to be a part of that group of Indians, who are committed towards the betterment of the society.
 
Shivdutt Gaurav Trivedi: Gujarat National Law University
Providing equal opportunities to people

Shivdutt believes that holistic education, family values, caring and compassionate nature, and a natural flair for interacting with people, has made him what he is today. In school he participated in various activities such as debate, drama, dance and sports. A visit to Japan on a scholarship helped him to learn to respect different cultures.

His family and friends had always assumed that he would become a chartered accountant and carry on the legacy of his father and grandfather. His parents though supported and encouraged him to pursue a career of his choice and excel in it.

Given his personality and his brilliant academic record, it was natural for him to choose law as a career.

He aims to work towards providing equal opportunities to people, reduce disparities and fight for justice. He believes that pursuing law will give him more insight into these issues; equip him with the necessary skills to fulfil his long cherished goals. He aims to do post graduation in the future.
 
Vijeta B Hosamani: Gujarat National Law University
To be the voice of the voiceless

'A man is but a product of his thoughts' — Mahatma Gandhi. This thought often crossed Vijeta's mind and she wondered at the depth of truth in it. Thoughts, visions and dreams are what define a person. Growing up listening to stories of truth, kindness, courage and justice she believed that the world is full of these virtues.

However, as she grew up, she saw people become victims of unjust treatment and suffer in silence as their voices were never heard.

She learnt that only by understanding law and the society, she can help people get their basic rights. Coming from a family with no legal background, she knew nothing about law except that this is where her passion lies. The main purpose of choosing law as a career has been to be the voice of the voiceless.

Litigation has been her ultimate professional plan. As Mahatma Gandhi said, "Learn as if you will die tomorrow", Vijeta too plans to continue higher studies after finishing her present course.

She wants to conduct research on ways to ensure that loopholes in law do not come in the way of justice. She believes that excellence is an ever moving target and her goals will remain ever growing, ever refining.
 
Anubhuti Jain: National Law University
Feeling privileged

Coming from a highly educated background, Anubhuti was taught the value and need of education right from her childhood. Drawing inspiration and knowledge from those around her, she soon realised that the real treasure of acquiring quality education is not in its attainment and accumulation but in its application.

According to her, with supplication to the wiser and hand of grace over the learner, one can channelise it as an intermediary. And this is exactly what Anubhuti plans to do as a legal writer and social commentator with a grass root level experience of the court's working, the judicial process, the mental psyche of the 'criminal' and the traumatic state of the victim.

She believes that the legal knowledge and litigating experience, which she will gain, will facilitate her to acquire an informed perspective as well as develop an intelligent opinion. She aims to achieve this through delicately woven words and not be didactic, but at the same time be significantly influential.

She is keen to bring to fore unconventional thoughts such as men's rights. She feels that though men are not exploited as often as women, all degrees of exploitation need to be condemned at the same time. She also wants to emphasis the commonly proposed, yet requiring more promotion, ideas such as elimination of archaic laws, which treat women as a subordinate sex.

According to her, law and its intricacies are better understood by direct involvement and not by mere external viewing. Unlike most things, the legal mechanism regulates and controls human activities, choices and feelings and is therefore a pivotal function requiring conscious attention. She wishes to pursue law to fulfill her two principal passions – writing and social responsibility. She feels privileged to be studying it at this prestigious institute.
 
Kushagra Agarwal: National Law University
Protecting the environment

Kushagra belongs to Pilibhit, a small non-descript town in Uttar Pradesh. He studied at the Mayo College in Ajmer since the age of eleven. The eight years of his boarding school life also brought him closer, for the first time, to the beauty of nature and environment he witnessed in the 180-acre lush green campus.

He realised that he was sent not just to a reputed public school, but also to a place where
man and nature partnered amicably to sustain life and gaiety, despite being in a desert state. The
importance of a healthy environment struck his young mind then and it was the first time that he felt he should live the life of an environmentalist and fight for the cause of a clean environment.

Sometime in the summer of his class XI , he also read an article in The Hindu about a lawyer who safeguarded the river Ganges from pollution by forcing shutdown of industries in over 250
towns and cities and in effect saving the lives of millions of people from water pollution. This
was when he realised that environment and its protection rested heavily on the law of the land.

It struck him that as an environmentalist, he could have a persuasive value towards his cause, but as a lawyer he could authoritatively fight for its implementation. This motivated him to become an environmental lawyer.

It is his dream to further study environmental law from the Harvard Law School, with specialisation in sustainability issues and practices, which he believes would help him realise his goal of sustaining the abundance of nature, for generations to come.
 
Sakshi Malhotra: National Law University
Making things better

Belonging to a middle-class family in Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, Sakshi believes that it was her destiny to be studying in a law school.

An incident that occurred, radically changed the direction of her life. She had planned to continue her studies in DU with humanities as the subject. However, she couldn't secure admission for it because of faulty paper checking. Disappointed, she didn't give up hope though. With support and encouragement from her parents she decided to fight back. She took up the cause and wrote many letters to R.B.S.E. and even tried to contact related authorities.

In due course of time, however, she understood the complexities of the legal system. Her efforts were in vain and she finally had to take a gap of one year in her studies.

This experience made her think that if she is not able to seek justice for herself then how will she secure justice for the people of the society. Today, she plans to fill the loopholes in the education system with the help of law.

After completion of this course, she aims to become a teacher as well as a PIL activist. She wants to serve the society particularly in the education sector. The purpose of being a teacher is to make things better, she feels.
 
Saloni Birla: National Law University
Striving for the welfare of women

Saloni feels deeply for the rights of women. She doesn't like them to suffer and believes that they should be aware of their rights. It was an incident which she witnessed, which made her decide to take up law as a profession.

Though her mother was a housewife, she used to sell beautiful hand-made artefacts to assist Saloni's father, who was a businessman. Like any other woman, Saloni found her mother also to be a very sacrificing lady. Once a woman in her next door house was being badly beaten up by her husband.

Saloni and her mother rushed to her rescue but were taken aback when the woman refused to lodge a complaint against her husband. Though badly bruised, she said that it was a family matter and didn't want any interference.

Saloni was appalled at the woman's ignorance about her rights. She felt saddened about the incident and somewhere deep down in her heart, she decided that she would take up law as a profession and make them aware about their rights.

She feels that women who consider themselves helpless should know their self worth and not endure injustice. This is the prime reason why she has chosen law as her career.

She plans to acquire a honors in humanitarian law and later join the UN to ably address the plight of the victims of domestic violence in India as well as in the world. She aims to work for their psychological, emotional and economic welfare.
 
Hita Milind Agarwal: WB National University of Juridical Sciences
Representing India in the United Nations

Hita considers herself fortunate to have got parents who showed her various career paths, but at the same time allowed her to choose the one she liked. Her teachers at her school also encouraged her at various stages of her personal growth. All this made her realise that life endowed her with gifts not just for the sake of personal fulfilment, but also to make her a stronger person, who is able to create a credible impact in the lives of millions.

She won the Outlook National Speak Out Challenge in her 8th standard, which helped her boost her self-confidence and also introduced her to problem-solving. She realised that one must learn to examine problems and articulate underlying issues, to provide solutions to the problems.

Participation in various debating and Model United Nations events, led her towards the only discipline that combines all human sciences — law.

She plans to spend the next five years at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) taking full advantage of every opportunity that is available there – mastering core foundation subjects of the humanities, participating in various societies and pursuing internships, to learn under some of the best minds in India. She plans to graduate from NUJS in the top 5 per cent of the class to pursue her dream of representing India in the United Nations someday.
 

 
 
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