Srinagar: Sameer Rashid Bhat, a Kashmiri law student at Gujarat National Law University, has been awarded the prestigious Rhodes scholarship for 2018 to study a postgraduate course in law for a year in Oxford University, alongside another lawyer and two non-law students.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen after a rigorous three step process. The Rhodes scholarship entitles recipients to study a subject of their choice at Oxford University for at least one year. It is widely considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.
Hailing from Pushroo, Nowgam, a remote village in district Anantnag, Sameer is the first student from Kashmir valley to bag the Rhodes Scholarship. He is also the first from his university to make it to the prestigious community of Rhodes Scholars.
Sameer plans to study comparative human rights law, criminal justice, security and constitutional theory in the BCL programme at Oxford.
Currently, a final year student pursuing B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Sameer studied at Modern Public School, Nowgam till grade 5 before moving to Iqbal Memorial Institute, Srinagar where he completed his high school and secondary school.
Sameer was offered a lucrative job at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, a leading law firm in India just after completing his third year of law study, even though the placements for his batch were to start towards the end of their fourth year.