British Council celebrates UK alumni in Chennai,

British Council celebrates UK alumni in Chennai,

British Council celebrates UK alumni in India

Chennai India, 16 March 2019: Today, the British Council announced the recipients of the Study UK Alumni Aw ards2019 in India at an awarding ceremony in Chennai. In total, nine UK alumni in India were recognisedfor their ou tstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their impo rtant contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and India.

From L to R (top row): Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, British Deputy High Commissioner – Chennai, Janaka Pushpanathan, Director British Council – South India & Sri. Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of Telangana, with winners of Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 in Chennai.  


The prestigious international award celebrates UK higher educ ation and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its fifth year, the award received a great response from inte rn ational UK alumni in more than 10 0 countries, representing more than 85 per cent of UK higher education ins titutions across the UK. Following in-de pth interviews with a judging panel, recipients were selected for the th ree award categories: Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurial, and Social Impact.

The Professional Achievement Award, which recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exe mplary leadership in their professional field, was presented to Abhijit Mitra. Mitrais leading a project funded by the Government of India to design a high capacity intercity broadband optical network that will be 5G and beyo nd. He was also Lead Project Investigator for British Telecom Global Research and Innovation Programme in In dia to ass ist the opening of its first India Research Centre, thereby enriching the ties between India and UK in the area of br oadband telecom. Mitra studied at the University of Leeds in the UK.

The Social Impact Award, which acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating po sitive social change, was presented to Rupal Ganesh Kulkarni,a graduate of theLondon School of Economics an d Po litical Science (LSE). Kulkarni is the CEO of Shram Sarathi, the first dedicated financial services institu tion in the country that offers wealth solutions to vulnerable migrant workers and their households.

The Entrepreneurial Award, which highlights alumni who have played a leading role in business innovation an d/or creative solutions, was presented to Shiv Dhawan, a graduate of the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics and Political Science. (LSE).Dhawan is the Director of India On Track, an orga nis ation set up to in stil the core idea of self-belief in the youth of the country through sports.

Janaka Pushpanathan, Director South India at the British Council, said:“We’re delighted to celebrate the achieve me nts of this year’s British Council Alumni Award winners and finalists: outstanding graduates offrom universities across the UK. These remarkable individuals we celebrated today at the Study UK Alumni Awards in Chennai have all taken th eir UK education as a starting point to excel in their chosen careers and shape the world around them. The winners are today making a powerful contribution to India’s economic growth and knowledge ambitions and creating an impact on the society.”

 She further said, “For more than 70 years, the British Council has partnered the ambitions of millions of young Indians thr ough our work, enabling access to world-class UK education and by investing in thousands of scholarships and aca demic exchanges. We hope to continue this in the future as well.” This year, we received more than 1200 applications from alumni in 100 countries, representing more than 120 UK higher education institutions. In India, there were 139 applicants out of which nine were shortlisted for noteworthy achievements in their respective fields.