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Memorial prize for International Politics student

A £1,000 prize in memory of a much-loved Politics alumna has been awarded for the first time.

The Mandakini Jha Memorial Prize was bestowed by Tanmay Jha in memory of his mother Mandakini Jha, who was a student of the Politics Department in 1993-94 on the University’s MA International Politics degree.

Mandakini Jha
Mandakini Jha

Mrs Jha was a prominent sociologist in her home state of Gujarat. Her research interests covered Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, Gender, Theory, and Knowledge. Mandy, as she was lovingly referred to, lost the battle against breast cancer in 2021 and her family decided to remember her presence fondly through supporting students at her alma mater.

The prize was awarded to Garusha Katoch, (MA International Politics) after she received the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) on her course, as well as gaining a Distinction mark for every module she took. For her dissertation, ‘Will There be an Enduring Indo-US Strategic Partnership?’ she was awarded 83% - an outstanding result.

Miss Katoch, who is from Palampur in Himachal Pradesh Province, India, said: "I am grateful to the family of Mandakini Jha for deeming me worthy of this prize. It would not have been possible without the able guidance and continued support of my professors. This accomplishment is a significant milestone in my life. It has deepened my motivation to further my academic journey."

Now in its 60th anniversary year, the School of Politics and International Studies offers highly respected undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as a renowned research programme.

With strong connections at the heart of British politics, the School’s unique Westminster placement scheme, running for over 35 years and the largest integrated scheme in the UK, ensures undergraduate students have unrivalled access to the corridors of power.

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