MIT, Manipal students bag Knight-Hennessy scholarship

MANIPAL: Two students of Manipal Institute of Technology, MAHE, Manipal, have been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for pursuing Master’s Program at Stanford University, USA.

Akshatha Kamath, Computer Science & Engineering student and Dhruv Suri, Aeronautical Engineering student have won the scholarship. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is a prestigious award that fosters a multidisciplinary, multicultural community of emerging leaders from around the world and guides them to collaborate, innovate, and communicate as they prepare to address the complex challenges facing the society. The two students from India are among the total of 76 students representing 26 countries who have made it to the program this year.

Akshatha Kamath hails from Udupi and will be pursuing her Master’s degree in education data science at Stanford Graduate School of Education. She is passionate to develop solutions for personalized learning for diverse learning needs. She has also developed a platform called ‘SantaNet’ to connect the underprivileged orphans with motivated volunteers. Akshatha has also developed several medical technologies winning her the MIT Covid 19 Challenge. She also won the Stanford Health ++ Hackathon at Stanford University, with travel support from the Dr TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Health Informatics, Manipal.


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Dhruv Suri is from Delhi and will be pursuing his Master’s degree in energy resources engineering at Stanford School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. He aspires to work at the nexus of energy and climate and help vulnerable communities overcome access barriers in India and other developing countries. Dhruv is a co-founder of Candela Energy, a last mile distribution organization providing rural villages access to life-improving products and has been awarded by ETH student project house in Switzerland and EarthTech in Australia.

Dr. H. S. Ballal, pro chancellor, MAHE, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) M. D. Venkatesh, vice chancellor, MAHE and D Srikanth Rao, director MIT, MAHE have congratulated the students.

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