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Sanjana Singh

Undergraduate Student

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Economics

 
I did B.A. with Environmental Studies (EVS) major and Economics minor. The EVS major is one of the top courses offered in FLAME with a very comprehensive curriculum that was at par with international universities. Courses like Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Science, Principals of Biological Diversity, and Remote sensing were practical and hands-on. The amount of knowledge we gained in the EVS courses are comparable to Masters level courses. All in all it is a well-structured curriculum that covered all aspects of the environment from Social to Political, and Science to Humanities. While at FLAME, one of my greatest achievements is the publication of my research article in an international conference journal - IICBE, co-authored by Dr. Shweta Rana. The research was a part of my Epidemiology Course. I also received a Gold Medal for outstanding scholastic performance for the School of Liberal Education. My team had won the Dr. BV Doshi Fellowship for International Cultural Program as a part of a holistic learning program called DIP. I’ve also received a Dean’s Roll of Honour for all the Trimesters during the 4 year course at FLAME.

Pallavi Rajankar

Undergraduate Student

Major: Psychology

 
Currently pursuing Master of Arts Applied Psychology (Counselling Psychology) from TISS-BALM, Chennai. My undergraduate study at FLAME University through its extensive choice of modules gave me the opportunity to truly engage with the various schools of Psychology. Modules on abnormal psychology, counselling psychology and social psychology ignited my interest in integrating cultural factors into practice. The coursework prompted me to explore clinical manifestations of mental illness within the Indian cultural context. In this regard, the Psychology professors were critical in allowing me to develop my niche, with freedom to explore subjects I feel passionately about. My professors also ardently encouraged and supported me in taking my research forward, where I published and presented my work at international and national conferences and publications. I believe that FLAME University is unique in providing students with real world exposure through their Discover India Program, internships and volunteering programmes.

Aishwarya Sastry

Undergraduate Student

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

 
I graduated from FLAME University with a psychology major and sociology minor. Even though I am pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology, the sociology courses at FLAME have largely contributed to my overall success. The main reason for this is that I have always been able to apply what I learnt in my sociology classes in the field of psychology. While the former speaks about the community and the latter focuses the individual; the gregarious nature of human beings bases interactions between the individual and community on a daily basis. By understanding the dependency of these interactions on each other, I am currently able to be more perceptive about community engagement in the field of mental health and its importance. Being able to do this has given me an edge over other students in my graduate school classes who do not have a sociology background.

Anusha Kakolu

Undergraduate Student

Major: Psychology

 
Post FLAME, she did her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and is a Doctoral Student, Pediatric Behavioral Health and Child and Family Therapy, Palo Alto University. “Being a part of the Psychology program at FLAME University helped me gain a strong foundation of psychological concepts. The exposure to multiple Psychology courses definitely helped me gain a better understanding of the field. Courses like Abnormal Psychology and Experimental Psychology provided different perspectives on important concepts and also focused on the application of these concepts. This method of learning has been applicable in a graduate school setting, and I am grateful to have had such an incredible learning experience!”

Dhanu Jayaraj

Undergraduate Student

Major: Psychology

 
Just admitted to King’s College London for M.Sc. Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology. “One of the significant aspects of majoring in Psychology at FLAME University was the program structure, wherein I was exposed to various sub -fields of the domain. Emphasis was given to both theoretical background and their pertinent practical applications, all of which were taught by ac-complished faculty members. To be introduced to SPSS at the undergraduate level undoubtedly puts you at an advantage, specifically while undertaking research projects during and after the course of study. The interdisciplinary nature of both Liberal Education as a system of learning and Psychology as a discipline provided an opportunity to explore various combinations of courses and helped identify my interest in Developmental Psychology.”

Radhika Mulay

Undergraduate Student

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Dance

 
Radhika Mulay has recently started working as an environmental researcher in an organic farm, where she is conducting research on native seeds, medicinal plants, and water harvesting and water treatment systems. After completing her Bachelors from FLAME with a Major in Environmental Studies and Minor in Dance, Radhika completed her MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from University of Oxford as Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholarship Awardee. She is simultaneously pursuing a career as a dancer. Trained in Bharanatyam since childhood, she has performed at various concerts in India and abroad and has experimental productions to her credit. Continuing her journey of exploring body and mind through movement she has also ventured into Contemporary dance form and Kalaripayattu, a martial art form from Kerala.

 

Saumya Sampath

Undergraduate Student

Major (Double): International Studies & Digital Marketing

 
My name is Saumya Sampath, and I am a Research Associate at Oxford University’s India Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), based out of FLAME University. My journey with CESS India began when I was accepted as a student intern on campus during my under graduation. For an entire year, I was involved in qualitative research projects studying domestic violence and conflict resolution, and was given the opportunity to contribute in experiment design sessions. Upon graduation, I was offered a full time position as a Research Associate and my work in this capacity has included helping in design and execution of experimental research projects in the social sciences, particularly studying the interaction of majority and minority ethnic identities and group behaviour. This area speaks to my senior thesis which was a product of my International Studies major at FLAME University, mentored by professors who have become an intrinsic part of my academic, professional and personal journey. My work also involves engaging with government officers over projects on behavioural sciences and public policy, which has been an eye opening experience of how theory and practice interact.

 

Aishani Choubey

Undergraduate Student

Major: International Studies

Minor: Public Policy

 
I’ve always been interested in world affairs, politics, how the government works. In both my major and minor you learn how governments work and how policies are formed within the government. They are interconnected which makes this combination very helpful, for the people who will be pursuing this stream later. Right now I’m enjoying a course on modernity, nation state and colonialism. Plus I enjoy learning international relations theory, and about international organizations. It’s interesting to see the same policies from different perspectives- how governments, bureaucrats and the public view the same topic. I’m specially interested in anything related to India, and the Indian government’s policies. After graduation, I’ll be doing my masters in either international relations or public policy.

 

Anjali Chandawarkar

Undergraduate Student

Major: Literary and Cultural Studies

 
In my first year in my first term I did many humanities courses; Academic Writing, Iconography and Cultural Identity and the Body. A lot of reading, writing, thinking. This initiated me into humanities at FLAME and I settled into LCS. I selected an open minor so I could focus on sociology and film along with LCS. LCS extends into the ambit of sociology and film. I'm learning film theory in LCS, and sociological theory in sociology and applying it to literature. So it's shown me how inter-disciplinary studies work. Feminist studies, and queer feminist theory has interested me. I have a small body of work in this area and I'm looking to take that forward. Aside from that I'm also looking into oral history and memory studies, because trauma and history interest me as well. After this I'm going to be doing my masters, looking at literary studies, comparative literature and cultural studies, in different Universities across Europe.

 

Ashutosh Vanaparthi

Undergraduate Student

Major: Marketing

Minor: Public Policy

 
Business and politics is not a combination you can study in most places. It’s either one or the other. But I read the news every day and I’m interested in politics and political affairs. And these days political marketing is emerging. It’s not traditional politics with just campaigning. Politics uses social media and digital marketing, mass media and so on. So I want to combine both of these and carve a profession out of it. There’s a firm called Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), run by Prashant Kishor. Its work has inspired me. One area I’m interested in is caste, how marketing strategies are tailored to caste realities in our politics. Policies need to be marketed, whether you are supporting them or opposing them. In the recent elections we saw how digital marketing has played a big role. Modi, for example, is a brand, and there’s something behind him. I see a lot of scope in this field. IPAC is one firm and other political start-ups are also coming up. So having a sense of policy and getting into marketing, would be helpful. Alternatively, I might go deeper into the policy space, looking at places like CPR (Centre for Policy Research) or Niti Aayog, and get a sense of how to do things. Even within FLAME, this is a rare combination. But I was very particular about choosing this combination.

 

Kunjika Pathak

Undergraduate Student

Major: Literary and Cultural Studies

Minor: International Studies

 
Even before I joined FLAME I wanted to do literature. I studied humanities in the 11th and 12th. Growing up we never had a TV so I read a lot, and I liked writing as well. In the first year at FLAME the humanities courses were very informative, and I got to learn a lot, and was challenged continually in my thoughts. I had also done a course on international relations and comparative politics, which was a gateway to International Studies. Ideally I would like to do something at the cusp of the two, LCS and IS. We learn similar theory in both and use similar case studies, but the approach is different. Looking ahead, I'm particularly interested in food studies. I'm deeply interested in how food relates to culture, and how recipes and cook-books become historical documents. I want to bring in the IS perspective on migration and how it relates to food. For example, I'd written a paper on ‘Indian curry’, and how the British homogenized the concept. I'm also interested in gender studies. I did an internship over the summer on gender and sexuality and disability studies.

 

Manav Lal

Undergraduate Student

Major: Economics

Minor: Public Policy

 
The major was because of interest and aptitude. I didn’t have an economics background but took up the principles of Economics Course here. Also, I’ve been a part of Model United Nations and the first seven or eight MUNs I did – both at FLAME and before- were economic committees. After speaking to some professors here, I zeroed in on economics. I was sceptical about the math involved, but the faculty helped me so that wasn’t a problem. Before I came to FLAME I didn’t know about a course in public policy. It’s interesting to see what goes into policy, and that’s at the heart of the courses at FLAME. Whenever I write papers, I like to put out arguments. Policy involves analysis and thinking in terms of formulation, and debating and argumentation, looking at different schools of thought; so it suits me.

 

Manya Verma

Undergraduate Student

Major: Literary and Cultural Studies

 
I've always enjoyed literature, the process of analysis, the theories. In my first year I really liked the course Great Books in History. We were reading novels and plays and discussing the themes. Started with Baudelaire, we did 100 years of Solitude by Marquez, and Metamorphosis. Our final assignment was a performance, Death and the King's Horseman. I also enjoyed my Images of India course, which is looking at the writings about India. LCS keeps me in touch with even pop culture. This becomes important for digital marketing because you have to be aware of what's going on, culturally. I'm looking to work in marketing and apply frameworks that I learn from LCS. Marketing is a lot about content writing, and building up your brand. LCS helps me understand how to go about these things- say if advertising has to solve a problem, how should I do it.

 

Nandini Mehta

Undergraduate Student

Major: Economics

Minor: Finance

 
I became interested in economics in class 12. I was a commerce student then and liked accounting and business studies. On campus, I took a few courses in economics and realized this is meant for me. I did four math courses because the economics department advised me to, and I did ‘Principles of Economics.’ Finance helps me understand how money works and the way people use their money. Economics is a study of choices. So these two together make a whole subject, which helps me understand how resources are used, and also money as one particular resource. I’ve always like micro-economics, I like to understand the building blocks of the system.

 

Sautrik Mukherjee

Undergraduate Student

Major: Literary and Cultural Studies

Minor: Film and Television

 
My purpose here was to study film, because that's been my passion for a lot of years. And what I understood from professors here was that you need to read, to watch a film. They go hand in hand. Film is also a text, and across many courses in LCS we analyze films. There were interesting courses like Survey of Film, New Literacies in English where we applied concepts to films. Even my film professors give readings, to teach us how to watch a film. What I like about these programs is that there's a progression in our courses, and we revisit previous courses in later courses, so we understand the concepts better and better. In my internship I worked in an ad production house. I might kick-start my career as an AD or DA. But I want to apply LCS in my film-making- which will probably happen organically.

 

Drishti Mehta

Undergraduate Student

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

 
I started studying psychology in the 11th, in Mumbai. I enjoyed understanding disorders and treatments that you can do. And I went for sociology because I enjoy understanding the contemporary world. Sociology accompanies psychology in a very clear way. It doesn’t overlap, but complements. I’m really enjoying personality psychology- how behaviour changes and why- and social psychology- how you interact with people. We also learn about work environment situations. I also like studying sociological theories, Karl Marx, Max Weber and others, and some feminist theories as well. I’m also excited about abnormal psychology and industrial psychology.

 

Tanmay Devi

Undergraduate Student

Major: Applied Mathematics

Minor: Economics

 
I’m also doing a distance learning program with the London School of Economics. While doing that I realized I need formal maths training for economics. I saw that the Applied Math program at FLAME was strong, and that I can apply it to economics. I thought applied math would complement economics and finance. Economics is what I’m going to do in the future as well. I’m specifically interested in behavioural economics and plan to write about it. But I also want to do a course in public policy, to know the factors that go into policy formulation.