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Cambridge calling: city boy’s stock up

- Calcutta International School student bags scholarship

An interest in the stock market prompted 17-year-old Mayukh Mukhopadhyay to study economics and now the A level (Class XII) student of Calcutta International School (CIS) has bagged the Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship — his ticket to the University of Cambridge.

The chance to study for a BA degree in economics at King’s College is perhaps the first step towards fulfilling his dream of “joining a financial institution…maybe the World Bank”.

“Nobody in my family had studied economics and I took it up quite by chance to understand the operations of the stock market, but I sort of grew into it,” said Mayukh, both whose parents are doctors.

“When I came to know about this scholarship for Indians, I applied for it and there wasn’t any separate screening, but they gave it to me perhaps on the basis of my grades in school and my admission to the college,” said the highest scorer in economics in Class XI with more than 97 per cent.

What immediately strikes one about Mayukh is his modesty with just the right amount of confidence that keeps surprising even his teachers who have known him since he was in nursery.

“On Tuesday, after the math class, when all his classmates had left, he quietly walked up to me and very shyly said that he had got the scholarship. I was so excited but he did not want to create a hue and cry about it about it and kept telling me ‘Dr Das please calm down’,” said Anuradha Das, CIS director and maths teacher. “He has made us very proud.”

“His friends did the shouting and screaming for him,” added Arun Deb, geography teacher.

Mayukh qualified for the university in January but had been banking on the scholarship. “The fee and other expenses would come to around $27,000 annually and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without this scholarship. Even if I would have got the other scholarship, I would not have been able to go because that would have amounted to just $6,000 annually,” he said.

“On Monday, when I checked my mail, I was both surprised and thrilled,” said the boy who loves watching Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh in action and plays the piano every evening. “My parents will be happy to get rid of me!”

Another city boy, Rudrajit Banerjee, had qualified for the scholarship in 2010 and made it to Christ’s College for a degree in natural sciences (physical).