Two Indian journalists and a Class IX student were among the winners of Bournemouth University’s 2018 Connect India Awards.
Kriti Sharma receiving the 2018 Global Talent Young India Award from scriptwriter Sita Menon. Photo: Juan De Mata Rovey
Anoo Bhuyan, who covers health policy for the New Delhi-based Wire, won the 2018 Journalist of Change Award for her coverage of extrajudicial killings in Manipur, while 14-year-old Kriti Sharma of DAV Public School in Amritsar received the Global Talent Young India Award for a poster submission on Global Education 2050: My Vision.
Mihika Saha of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (New Delhi) and Vani Goel of Delhi Public School (Ghaziabad) were the first and second runners-up, respectively, in the Global Talent Young India category.
Achyut Punnekat, a Trivandrum-based Network18 journalist and MBA graduate of 2011 from Bournemouth University, won the 2018 India Alumni Fellowship.
The winners were announced at the Connect India Awards Dinner, as part of the Festival of Learning India 2018, at the British Council in New Delhi on 16 February.
This is the second year Bournemouth University has offered the Connect India awards. The Journalist of Change is open in the print and web categories, for works published in English or any Indian language, while the Global Talent Young India were aimed at school students in India aged 14 and above (Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12).
The India Alumni Fellowship, for its part, was open to all BU alumni from India.
As the Journalist of Change 2018, Anoo Bhuyan will spend time at Bournemouth University participating in active programmes, and interacting with scholars and practitioners.
Karnika Kohli, Social Media Editor at The Wire, accepted the Journalist of Change 2018 on behalf of Anoo Bhuyan. Photo: Juan De Mata Rovey
Last year, Snigdha Poonam had won the Journalist of Change 2017 for her reportage on a spate of suicides in Kota, in southeast Rajasthan. Her winning work had appeared in Huffington Post India under the title Why 57 Young Students Have Taken Their Lives In Kota.
The Connect India Awards were judged by prominent academics, journalists and civic society members — among them, journalists Nikhil Lakshman, Stephen Jukes, Prem Panicker and Krishna Prasad, human rights lawyer Vrinda Grover, filmmaker K Hariharan, and publisher Urvashi Bhutalia. Details of the judging panels and the process followed to pick the winners can be accessed here.