Delhi boy's fascination with India's budgets wows University of Bath in UK, wins varsity's essay writing competiton
Namit Makhija of Vasant Valley School, Delhi, was announced the winner of the Young India Student of the Year 2018 competition organised by University of Bath, UK.
Namit has emerged as the winner among 1,500 participants from across India in an essay writing contest. Swayed by economics and politics, 18-year-old Namit's inclination to write an essay on open trade, precisely "Would India benefit from more open trade for example with the UK?", arose from his fascination with the economy and its political consequences in Class 12.
Namit used an analogy of traffic to represent human needs in his essay. An ardent tennis champ from the age of 11, he is fascinated by Indian Budgets presented in Parliament every year.
"I haven't had the chance to look at the Budget this year, but I am crawling back to it once I give my board exams," he said.
Namit is headed to University of Bath this October to start his course in International Development studies, an offering he has secured by acing the essay writing competition.
"I am fascinated by graphical representation. I have always been inclined to know the implication of economics in a country and how it influences politics. The pattern needs to be observed and should be used to understand how a country functions. We study globalisation and implications of free trade but it is important to understand how economic developments impact a country," Namit said.
He has now decided to abstain from playing tennis until his last board exam. Dr. Peter Postl, head of the department of economics at University of Bath said, "We have been impressed with Namit's winning essay as it provides compelling economic arguments for India to be an open and outwardlooking economy."
"The essay also acknowledges that distribution of gains from trade needs to be managed carefully so as to help alleviate poverty and facilitate social mobility through education and equality of opportunity," Postl added.