In what is a phenomenal academic achievement, Adrija Ghosh from the Class of 2021 has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship for the year 2022.
The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious international scholarship programmes in the world, and one that enables outstanding young people from around the world to undertake full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.The scholarship is awarded to student beneficiaries on the basis of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service. The scholarship aims to provide a life-changing opportunity for exceptional young people with the potential to make a difference for good in the world.
In her five years at NUJS, Adrija took an active interest in mooting. Besides being a member of teams that won accolades at moot court competitions, she served as the Co-convenor of the Moot Court Society in her third year. She was also a Junior Associate Member of the NUJS Law Review in her first two years of college. In her final year, she served as an Editor of the Journal of Indian Law and Society. Additionally, she has been the Director of the Society of International Law and Policy as well as the Constitutional Law Society, during her time at NUJS.
Adrija's interests lie in the areas of equality law and human rights law. Her research and writing have dealt with the constitutionality of the marital rape exemption, as well as the relevance and weight of culture-based justifications for its retention. She has also worked on issues of citizenship rights, with a focus on the Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam and is currently working as Consultant (Research) on projects related to the death penalty, at Project 39A, National Law University, Delhi.
Adrija will be sharing the ranks of other Rhodes Scholars from the University which includes Shibani Ghosh from the Class of 2006, Amba Kak from the Class of 2013, Gauri Pillai from the Class of 2017, and Mihika Poddar from the Class of 2019.
“I feel very lucky to have had friends, seniors, and professors at NUJS who helped and counselled me all throughout my time at law school. I must also mention my juniors, from whom I learnt so much. I want to thank all of them for supporting and encouraging me. NUJS gave me the chance to explore several opportunities, and in doing so I found my path. I feel grateful for the opportunity to now study at Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship, and be able to continue to work on issues that are of importance to me,” Adrija said, when asked about how her time at NUJS impacted her journey.
It gives us immense pride to congratulate her on this extraordinary feat and wish her the very best.