Our Alumni

JNT Alumni 2001 - 2010

Ms. Deepali Fernandes (2001) completed LL.M. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U.K. in 2002. She has qualified as a Solicitor Law Society of England and Wales and has worked on areas of global trade in services, migration, regionalism and the international financial system. She worked initially as a Trainee at the World Trade Organisation and as a Consultant with the United Nations Environment Programme. She is now the Economics Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva, Switzerland. She has also been elected Representative to the United Nations Arbitration Council and been the UN Secretary General’s Nominee to the Joint Appeal Board of the UN’s Internal Justice System.

Ms. Sukanya Pani (2004) completed Master of Laws degree in 2005 from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. with a Michigan Grotius Fellowship in 2005. Her field of specialisation was International Law and Human Rights. She also completed a Master’s in Social Work in 2008 from the Washington University for which she received the Dolores Baja Lasan Scholarship and the Ameren UE Community Service Stipend Award. In 2009 she was awarded the Molina Healthcare Community Champions Award for her work in the community in Washington State with survivors of domestic violence. Since January 2010 she has been working with “Solid Ground” a local nonprofit organisation in Seattle, Washington as a Programme Supervisor in the Seattle Housing Stabilisation Services.

Major Gopal Mitra (Retd.) was a J.N. Tata scholar of the 2005 batch, completing M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics in 2006. He is in Bangalore, India with an NGO working on the rights of persons with disabilities. In March 2012 he began work in UNICEF as a Programme Specialist and based at its HQ in New York. He suffered visual impairment and survived two years in hospital after an operation in Jammu and Kashmir in 2000, and became the first disabled Indian to be appointed at the headquarters of UNICEF in March 2012. Gopal Mitra is presently the Programme Specialist, Children with Disabilities in the Programme Division at UNICEF, New York. He works to provide technical support to enhance the inclusion of children with disabilities in policies and programmes at the global, regional and national levels.

Ms. Zasha Colah (2005) completed her Master of Studies degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford in 2006. She also completed a Master’s degree on “Curating Contemporary Art” at the Royal College of Art in London in 2008. In 2009 she joined the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai as a curator in the modern and contemporary art section. Zasha is presently the Curator of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation collection. She has recently curated the art collection of the late Mr. Jehangir KS Nicholson which is located in a separate new gallery of the Museum. The collection includes 800 art works including paintings and sculptures by renowned Indian artists including Tyeb Mehta, K.H. Ara and F.N. Souza, among others.

Ms. Aranya Venkatesh (2007) completed a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A. in 2009. She has since registered for her Ph.D. degree at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where she was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship during the first year of the programme. During the second year of her doctoral studies Aranya received the Steinbrenner Fellowship which is awarded to students pursuing environmentally focused inter disciplinary research projects.

Dr. Janardhan Kodavasal (2007) completed M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. in January 2010 and M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2011. While studying Janardhan interned at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California and with Robert Bosch, Michigan. In 2013, he completed his Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. focusing on internal combustion engines for automotive applications. In September 2013 he obtained a Post-Doctoral research position at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago and has since being carrying out research in the Energy Systems Division at the Centre for Transportation Research.

Mr. Sridhar Radhakrishnan (2007) completed MS in Biotechnology at the Texas A & M University, U.S.A. He then secured admission for the Ph.D. degree specialising in Food Science and Nutrition (Cancer Research) at the Colorado State University, U.S.A. While pursuing his research on anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of grape and potato bioactive compounds, Sridhar has received numerous prizes and awards including the Pearle E. Betts Graduate Scholarship in 2009, the Helen F. McHugh Graduate Research Fellowship in April 2011, the Shrake Culler Scholarship in May 2011 and the Margaret and Donald Boyd Fellowship in May 2012 for his research.

Dr. Santosh Chandrasekaran (2008) completed Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience at the Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A. He received a Graduate Research Assistantship during his research studies and a scholarship to attend the Multi Model Neuroimaging Training Programme. He now plans to pursue biomedical research as a post-doctoral fellow in a neuroprosthetics laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. The project will involve stimulating the brain or spinal cord to provide hand and arm sensation in upper – limb amputees with the ultimate aim of providing sensation from an artificial prosthetic limb that resembles real – life sensations.

Mr. Hrishikesh Pendse (2008) completed a Master’s in Sports Management from the Loughborough University, U.K. in 2009. He has played rugby for India between 2004 and 2007. He is the first Indian to be invited to play in the Amateur Rugby League in New Zealand. In July 2011, he became the first Indian to be signed up to play for the premier Japanese professional rugby league by Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

Dr. Akshat Rathi (2008) completed D.Phil. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford, U.K. Akshat completed his degree in 2013. While pursuing the course at the Oxford University he received the Amelia Jackson Scholarship from the Exeter College, Oxford, U.K. Akshat has published many articles in The Economist, Nature, Chemistry World, Synlett, Org Lett,Chemistry : A European Journal, Chemistry : An Asian Journal and Organicand Biomolecular Chemistry. He is now working as the Editor, Science and Technology for “The Conservation” which is an in depth analysis and research based e-journal in London, U.K.

Mr. Shyam Garg (2009) completed a Master of Science (Thesis) degree programme in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada, specialising in drug delivery systems against cancer. Since his Master’s thesis project is in the area of "Nano delivery systems for Cancer immunotherapy", twice he won the competition for the Award of the Alberta Cancer Foundation Graduate Studentship. His research manuscript titled “Application of Click Chemistry in the Preparation of Novel Core Crosslinked Poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(epsilon-Caprolactone) with Hydrolysable Crosslinks in the Micellar Core” has been published in the international journal, Macromolecules.

Mr. Harshawardhan Deshpande (2009) completed M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the Duke University, U.S.A. He enrolled for a Ph.D. degree at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI), U.S.A. where he has been awarded, the VTCRI Medical Scholars Fellowship. Dr. Michael Friedlander, Executive Director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute describes the selected scholars as being “extremely bright and accomplished” and who "have already received considerable recognition for their academic achievements and research. They’re committed to the next four years of study and research to incorporate some of the most innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to making medical discoveries for the improvement of health and quality of life for people in the community and the world. We are very fortunate to have them join the Institute’s research community".

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Gupta (2010) completed M.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has worked on sea buckthorn biotechnology / genomics and has carried out pioneering research on the subject. He has since joined the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada where he receives a Western Graduate Research Scholarship to pursue doctoral research. His Ph.D. project proposal “Studies on the Characterisation of Salivary Antimicrobial Peptides and Their Encapsulation for Therapeutic Applications” has been highly rated in a faculty wide open international competition and was awarded the most prestigious ‘Dean’s Fellowship’ award of $100,000 for four years.

A mid-career professional Ms. Parizaad Khan (2010) completed her Master of Arts degree in Journalism specialising in Arts and Culture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, U.S.A. Her performance at the School has drawn accolades from Professor David Hajdu of the Columbia Journalism School who supervises the Arts and Culture weekly seminar of the programme. Professor Hajdu calls her exceptional.

Mr. Mehrzad Kootar (2010) completed a Master of Science degree in Information Technology Business Programme at the Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A. While pursuing his studies he received a job offer from M/s. Syniverse Engineering, a wireless telecommunication company based in Tampa Florida, and appointed Associate Manager, amongst the first 4 to receive this out of the 45 students in his class. He has joined the company in September 2011 after his graduation.

Ms. Divya Iyer (2010) completed a five year integrated M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from the Institute of Bio-informatics and Biotechnology, University of Pune in May 2010. She joined the Graduate School of Bio Medical Science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences in August 2010 with a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. She stood first among all the students in the first year core curriculum courses with a cumulative GPA Score of 4.0 and received the Dean’s award for her outstanding academic performance.

Ms.Chitrangada Choudhury (2010) a mid-career professional journalist completed a Master of Science in Journalism with a Broadcast specialisation at the Journalism School, Columbia University, U.S.A. in 2012. She also received the Fulbright Nehru Master’s Fellowship for Leadership Development for 2010 – 2012. In December 2010 she was awarded the second prize at the European Commission’s Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize for reporting on human rights and democracy. Her coverage of the “Adivasi point of view and the unfolding civil war in central India” was published in the Columbia Journalism Review issue of September / October 2011. She is now a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

Ms. Ritika D'Souza (2010) completed Master's degree in Public Administration at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, U.S.A. where she received a Teaching Assistantship. In 2011 she was also awarded the Super Fellowship to conduct educational research. She worked as a Research Fellow with organisations like Save the Children and Room to Read. Her research formed the basis of Room to Read’s seven country study of the effectiveness of their literacy programme. She is now an Impact Evaluation Field Coordinator with the Development Impact Measurement Evaluation Initiative of the World Bank. She manages all aspects of the Agriculture and Food Security Project (AFSP) and Sunaula Hazar Din (SHD) impact evaluations in Nepal. The AFSP evaluation attempts to capture the effects of the adoption of agricultural technology and nutrition interventions of the productivity and nutritional status of households in Nepal. The SHD impact evaluation aims to capture the effects of the community – driven nutrition projects on the attitudes and practices related to nutrition amongst communities and the nutritional status of children in Nepal.

Mr. Vikram Kapoor (2010) completed a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, U.S.A. He was also awarded a University Graduate Tuition Scholarship from the University during the course. His recent research project along with David Wendell, on “Solar Powered Nanofilters in antibiotics to clean contaminated water” has won accolades in the scientific community. The project developed solar – powered nanofilters that remove antibiotics from the water in lakes and rivers twice as efficiently as the best existing technology. The project was reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Mr.Animesh Sourabh (2010) completed M.Sc. degree in Environmental Technology at the Imperial College, London, U.K. He is working as a Business Development Manager with Carbon TradeXchange in the U.K. His assignment involves bringing Carbon finance to projects in India and other developing countries which reduce carbon from the Earth’s atmosphere through renewable energy, energy efficiency or forestry projects.

Mr. Karun Adusumilli (2010) completed a two year M.Sc. degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), U.K. He received the Ely Devon Award for ‘exceptional performance in the M.Sc. Econometrics and Mathematical Economics programe, and the John Hicks Prize for outstanding performance during his M.Res. degree in Economics. He is presently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Economics with a Fellowship from the LSE.