Arijit Patra, fifth year dual degree student of Mechanical Engineering specialising in Thermal Science and Engineering has bagged this year's Rhodes Scholarship. Arijit is among the 4 people from India who have been selected for Rhodes Scholars Elect class of 2016.
The Rhodes scholarship was established through the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902 and is now awarded to 88 individuals from 16 constituencies (countries or aggregates) across the world. Presently 5 Indians are awarded every year. The scholarships are tenable for studies in Oxford for a duration of 2-3 years. The scholarships are awarded based on the criteria laid down in the will. Following are the objectives of the Scholarship: