As well as hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, India is also the home of the current Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma. For 50 years, the largest member of the Commonwealth has provided an increasing number of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows, many of whom have recorded great achievements in their fields.

Since the first group of 54 left India in 1960, the country has continued to be a source of outstanding talent. Between 1960 and 2002, 3304 Scholars and Fellows from India pursued higher studies in Commonwealth countries and India also hosted 672 Scholars and Fellows in that period, including 86 from the UK.

The quality of Indian Scholars and Fellows can be seen in the fierce competition for places: every year more than 3,000 people apply to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for 60 nominations to UK institutions.

This feature highlights the remarkable achievements of some of our Indian alumni, as well as their recent publications and news.