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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

On 8 November the Faculty of Law was delighted to host an online event in honour of Justice Prathiba M Singh to celebrate the award of this year’s Prathiba M Singh Scholarships to Ashirbad Nayak and Nikhil Purohit.

The event was presented by Faculty Chair Professor Mark Elliott and Cambridge University Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope, and featured previous and current winners of the scholarship. The guest of honour Mr Fali S. Nariman (Senior Advocate) spoke on the topic of 'Striving for excellence'.

Prathiba M Singh is an Indian alumna of the Faculty of Law. After completing her LLM in 1992 she returned to India to work in Intellectual Property. She became the managing partner of Singh & Singh Law Firm in New Delhi and is considered one of India's leading IP litigators. In 2013 Prathiba Singh was designated Senior Advocate by the Delhi High Court, the first time that an Intellectual Property practitioner has been elevated to this role. Four years on, in May 2017, Prathiba was elevated to a Judge of the Delhi High Court, becoming Justice Prathiba M Singh.

The scholarships are co-funded, managed, and awarded by the Cambridge Trust, and enable exceptional Indian Law students to have the opportunity to follow in Justice Singh’s academic and professional footsteps. Eligible students are those who show a strong interest in Intellectual Property Law and who intend to pursue a legal career in India. Since the inception of the scheme, thirteen outstanding recipients have successfully completed their studies at the Faculty of Law and returned to India.

I couldn't accept the place on the LLM without the scholarship...I hope to one day open the doors the scholarship has opened for me, for those who do not even dare to knock on them.Nikhil Purohit, Prathiba M. Singh Scholar 2021

It was a wonderful event, and the Faculty were delighted to recognise the generous philanthropy of one of our alumnae, who herself came to Cambridge to study an LLM with the benefit of a scholarship.

For more information about the event see the full programme which includes profiles of the dignitaries and students. For more about the scholarship, please refer to the Cambridge Trust website.

Scholarships are critical to ensuring that the brightest students can access our degree courses irrespective of their background and financial circumstances. To discuss establishing a scholarship, please contact Associate Director (School of Humanities and Social Sciences) Clare Gordon (