Karnataka: Manipal alumna 1st desi woman to head Oxford Student Union | Bengaluru News – Times of India


MANIPAL: Rashmi Samant, from Manipal in Karnataka, was elected president of the Oxford Student Union on Thursday — becoming the first Indian woman to occupy the position. The alumna of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), MAHE, bagged more votes than the combined count of the other three contestants.
An MSc student in energy systems at Linacre College, Oxford University, Rashmi received 1,966 of the 3,708 votes cast for president. The election this year saw a record turnout of 4,881 students who cast 36,405 votes for all posts combined. T
She was largely behind launch of Manipal Hackathon
Rashmi has listed four main priorities: decolonisation and inclusivity, Covid interventions for all, access to quality mental health resources and decarbonising the university. As per her manifesto, Rashmi intends to lobby the university and Conference of Colleges to remove all statues proven to be imperialist, including that of Christopher Codrington, a Barbados-born colonial governor who attended Christ Church College in 1685. She has also sought residency requirements to be waived till WHO declares the end of the pandemic.
Daughter of Vathsala and Dinesh Samant, Rashmi did her schooling in Manipal and Udupi. Dinesh is a businessman at Parkala near Udupi while Vathsala is a homemaker. Rashmi completed graduation in mechanical engineering at MIT (2016-2020) and was technical secretary of the student council. She was largely behind the launch of Manipal Hackathon, an event to incubate modern digital solutions for societal challenges. Rashmi’s father said her course ends this year but she is expected to serve a year in the union post which she will take up in June-July. “She is expected to return to India next year,” he said.
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