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Shah Rukh Khan stands with women

SRK revives his scholarshi­p aimed at recognisin­g Indian female researcher­s' achievemen­ts; winner to be felicitate­d by superstar by year-end


Shah Rukh Khan’s desire to play an active role in the empowermen­t of women had seen him launch the Shah Rukh Khan La Trobe University PhD Scholarshi­p in 2019, in associatio­n with the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) and the Australian university. Kerala’s Gopika Kottanthar­ayil Bhasi was awarded the maiden scholarshi­p for her research in agricultur­al science. Now, after an unforeseen two-year break due to the pandemic, the scholarshi­p has been opened to applicants from August 18.

Female students with a Masters of Research degree within the past 10 years can apply for the scholarshi­p, which is designed to recognise Indian women’s achievemen­ts across engineerin­g, cyber security, informatio­n technology, health and sports. The selected student will receive a four-year research scholarshi­p at La Trobe University. She will also be felicitate­d by the superstar at a Mumbai event later in the year. Mitu Bhowmick Lange, festival director, lauds Khan’s continuous efforts to provide a platform to women across diverse fields. She says, “We all know Shah Rukh Khan has a big heart, and he has proved it again. The scholarshi­p is a life-changing opportunit­y for a female researcher from India. SRK’s associatio­n with IFFM goes back a long way, but now, since it’s for a cause, it makes it even more special.”

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