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Meet the Indian-born Cambridge topper!


Stevenson award is one of the highest honours of the Cambridge University. Amartya Sen and and Sir Partho Dasgupta were proud winners of this award. Noble laureate Sen was the first Indian to bag this award in 1956. Dasgupta, a Cambridge professor won the award in 1967 for his contribution to nutrition and developmental economics.

Following Sen and Dasgupta, is yet another Indian who has been bestowed with this prestigious award. 23 year old Mahima Khanna, a resident of Alipore has topped the 2010-2011 MPhil class of economics at the university and will receive the most acclaimed Stevenson prize for the same.The young economist is currently employed as a trade analyst in Mumbai and aspires for a career in World Bank.

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My MPhil papers were related to trade liberalization and informality, based on evidences from the manufacturing sector in India. The size of the informal sector in India is growing. The government should patronize it. India's fiscal deficits and interest rates also interest me.

Her mother Gauri Kumra, who works as a gynaecologist at the Bhagirathi Neotia Woman & Child Care Centre in Kolkata, describes her as a 'quiet girl' who has made her proud.

"Mahima has always been a quiet young girl. I have raised her as a single parent. Together, we have faced a lot of challenges, but she has sailed through them with such grit, which makes me feel proud of my daughter," .