Rohith Vemula.

The 2016 Irom Sharmila Scholarship has been jointly awarded to Rohit Vemula (posthumously) of Hyderabad Central University and Kanhaiya Kumar of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The award goes to them as student representatives seeking to strengthen India’s constitutional democracy by upholding the constitutional ideals of fraternity, equality, right to life, and inspiring many others across the country.

 The award will be handed over to a representative of Vemula and Kumar on behalf of JNUSU at the JNU administration block on Monday.
 A formal announcement of the award will be made at a seminar in Delhi School of Economics.

The Irom Sharmila Scholarship was started in 2012 by Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar. The award is based on factors like financial need, academic merit, contribution to society and suffering as a result of armed conflict. The scholarship is a lump sum of Rs 50,000 (Rs 60,000 if shared).

A 22-year-old Kashmiri student became the first person to receive the scholarship in 2013. Iymon Majeed, a student of MA political science from Jamia Millia Islamia has been writing about experience of Kashmir with Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 and militarism for various publications.

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