Dinesh Bhagat is upbeat about his Master’s degree on Climate Change from the University of Sussex. Coming from a farming background, the 31-year-old Geology graduate says he wants to “improve the lives of people living in mining areas” and find ways to reduce the harmful effects of mining in Jharkhand after he gets his degree.
Bhagat is one of six tribal students selected by the Jharkhand government for the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda Scholarship Scheme, which aims at empowering ST students to pursue higher education at universities in Britain and Ireland.
The Jharkhand government said that the “awardees of the scholarship are entitled to a complete coverage of tuition fees along with living and other miscellaneous expenses”.
“Under this scheme, every year, 10 students will be selected from the Scheduled Tribes category residing in Jharkhand. For the first cohort of the scholarship, 6 students have been selected, who are going to begin their study programmes in 5 different universities of England in September,” stated the press release by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Speaking from his home in Gumla district, Bhagat said, “I was applying for other scholarships, but the Jharkhand government came without any hassle. Also, it felt good that my state helped me for my studies, and I will definitely give back to my state.”
Anjana Pratima Dungdung, another of the students selected for the scholarship, will study International Relations from the University of Warwick and wants to be a voice against the voiceless.
The others include Hercules Singh Munda, who will pursue his Masters from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies; Ajitesh Murmu, who will study architecture at the University College of London; Akanksha Mery, who has been selected for an MSc in Climate Change Science and Management at Loughborough University; and Priya Murmu, who will study Creative Writing and the Writing Industries at Loughborough University.