3 new fellowships for Indian scholars at Cambridge

The fellowships open to Indian citizens under the age of 45, will be held at the Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

The Dr D C Pavate Fellowships are for a four-month period of study each at Judge Business School, the Centre for International Studies and either the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) or the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy.

The annual fellowships have been instituted under an agreement between the Dr D C Pavate Foundation, Karnatak University in Dharwad, India and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

The fellowships, to be started from next year, can be availed by PhD holders or those having first class Masters Degree or its equivalent, the university said.

The visiting fellow appointed to the Centre of International Studies will be selected after an all-India competition, it said.

The Fellowship at the Centre of International Studies will be effective from January 2010. Candidates with a good academic record in the areas of History, Political Science, International Economics, International Law or Military Affairs will be considered.

D C Pavate (1899-1979) was an alumnus of Sidney Sussex College, and graduated with a distinguished academic record in Mathematics as a Wrangler in 1927.

He was Vice-chancellor of the Karnatak University from 1954 to 1967. Pavate was also the president of the Inter-University Board and a member of the Executive Council of Commonwealth Universities.

A Padma Bhushan awardee, Pavate was also the Governor of Punjab from 1967 to 1973.

In 1999, to mark the centenary of his birth and the Golden Jubilee of Karnatak University, the Fellowship scheme was set up to commemorate the visionary contribution made by Pavate to the university and the field of education.

The Master of Sidney Sussex College, Professor Dame Sandra Dawson, said: "The links between Cambridge and India are strong, deep, diverse and very important. In Sidney Sussex College we are honoured to remember our very distinguished mathematician, Dr D C Pavate, through selecting young academics who will follow in his footsteps to make a profound contribution to knowledge and to relations between Cambridge and India."

Application forms for the  fellowships can be obtained from the Dr D C Pavate Foundation in Dharwad.

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