Hyderabad lady Nandini Jayakumar, 22, has bagged the celebrated Erasmus Mundus scholarship presented by way of the European Commission and is on her way to pursue a Joint Masters in Health Economics and Management. Under the program, Nandini will spend four semesters throughout 4 European Universities in Italy, Netherlands, Norway, and Austria.

“I began exploring scholarship alternatives after I was given interest by pursuing a profession in Public Health from abroad put up a two-month lengthy internship with the World Bank in 2017. I selected a joint grasp’s as it will supply me wider exposure to practices throughout the globe and get admission to to a without a doubt global alumni community,” says Nandini, who’s presently in the closing semester of her Integrated Master’s in Development Studies at IIT Madras and would depart for Europe in September this yr.

Previously, Nandini has also obtained an international education by way of the Government of France to pursue a student alternate program at Sciences Po University. During her 2nd yr of university, she becomes selected as the youngest adolescents representative to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Kenya.


One of the maximum important pre-requisite even as making use of for the scholarship is having a strong announcement of cause and endured instructional excellence at the side of extracurricular achievements, says Nandini, who is a Bharatanatyam dancer, and her choice to pursue better schooling in Europe turned into motivated by her love for dancing.

“I am a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and have been getting to know the form ever because I was five. Europe has various subcultures and is greater vibrant than the United Kingdom, US and will offer me better possibilities to collaborate with local artists. This possibility will help in popularising conventional Indian dances abroad,” says the 22-year-vintage, who comes from a lineage of folk artists.
She picked IIT-Madras for her undergraduate direction, as she wanted to be in a metropolis where she might be close to her dancing. “Dancing is an inseparable part of my existence. It allows me to unwind and relax even as additionally enable me to attention better to my dreams. Although I had a packed take a look at agenda, I continually managed an hour or two to exercise Bharatnatyam,” she says.

Being a technical institute, IIT-Madras taught her many quantitative talents alongside the subjective parts of the curriculum. “I did now not want to visit an institute that changed into most effective centered on social sciences as it might no longer have helped me gain exposure to other talents. At IIT, now not simplest d, id I get access to first-class sources? I constantly become in contact with students from different disciplines, which helped me form a holistic personality, apart from urbanisation, sustainability, gender problems, and so forth. I additionally learnt approximately these sectors via the prism of Economics, Statistics, and Management,” she says.