Vanshaj Ravi Jain, 22, is one among the five Indian students to have secured the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for the class of 2017.
A final year student at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru is all set to become the first Indian to make a mark at the International Criminal Court.
After his undergraduation at the NLSIU, he will head to the University of Oxford to study international criminal law.
This premier law school in Bengaluru has earned the distinction of producing 25 Rhodes scholars since 1996, the first year an NLS student won the scholarship.
"The scholarship is tremendously important in that I'd get to spend 2-3 years studying international criminal law, a field no Indian has broken into," Jain said.
Vanshaj Ravi Jain was selected by a panel chaired by industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, with Rohan Murty as one of its members.
A keen theatre person and long-distance runner, Jain grew an interest for international criminal law from a young age.
About Rhodes Scholarship:
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.
- The scholarship is named after Cecil John Rhodes.
- It was established in 1903 and is the world's oldest.
- A A class of 95 scholars are chosen each year, including five from India.
Benefits of Rhodes Scholarship:
A Rhodes Scholarship covers all University and College fees, a personal stipend and one economy class airfare to Oxford at the start of the Scholarship, as well as an economy flight back to the student's home country at the conclusion of the Scholarship.