Congratulations and Farewell, Class of 2014

CSASP would like to congratulate the MSc in Contemporary India Class of 2014 on completing the course with huge success.

It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know each and every one of this cohort and we wish them all well with their future plans.

The 2013-14 academic year saw a significant rise in interest for the MSc in Contemporary India, making it even more challenging to obtain a place than in previous years, and it is fair to say that this cohort did us proud. We were very pleased to welcome four students on full scholarships and a further two with partial awards towards living expenses, demonstrating the quality of candidates applying for the course. Our final results were equally as impressive, with six of our 18 students achieving a Distinction overall.

During the year, the students were active members of the University, attending regular seminars focussing on South Asia; taking part in CSASP-led conferences; making numerous visits to the Ashmolean as part of their University Engagement Programme; and even organising a visit to Warsaw to attend an International Relations conference, and to present their theses to students at the Centre for Contemporary India Research and Studies.

Two members of our cohort had work published during their time with us, Liu Nan working with Dr Kate Sullivan to explore Panda diplomacy and its possibilities for the China-India relationship in The Indian Express, and Babak Moussavi with an excellent analysis of the Indian elections “A Modi Landslide?” on the South Asia Masala website. Both of these pieces can be read in full at the links provided.

In addition to their academic pursuits, our students found the time to be actively involved with rugby, squash and amateur dramatics societies, amongst others, across the University.

The MSc in Contemporary India is a challenging course with a demanding timetable but these students have worked hard and achieved great things during their time with us. They leave extremely large shoes for the next cohort to fill, but we are confident that our incoming students will thrive, just as their predecessors have done. Whilst we are, of course, sad to say farewell to the Class of 2014, we are so excited to welcome in the Class of 2015 in October, after another extremely competitive admissions process.

Below are a few pictures from our end of year celebrations. For the full album, please visit our Facebook page.

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