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 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).