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Help Ashraf Nehal to study in SOAS
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    Ashraf Nehal

    from New Delhi, Delhi


I am Ashraf Nehal, a graduate of the University of Delhi, and I have an unconditional offer to pursue my Master’s degree at the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK. I applied for several scholarships after being accepted for the programme in early March. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to acquire any additional financing beyond the 3000 pounds in financial support from SOAS, which hardly amounts to anything. Even after writing to countless MPs, MLAs, the Minority Affairs Ministry of Bihar, and the Centre, nothing helped the situation. Although I haven't heard from a few scholarships, the deadline is so close that I feel compelled to ask for your help to pursue my goal.

As a Muslim from the northern Bihar region of Seemanchal, with allegiances to the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb and the lingering effects of India's partition, and having received an English education in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling, which fed a fusion of multicultural delicacies of Nepali and Bengali culture, I believe I am best suited to continue with my Master's in South Asian Area Studies. Because this area significantly defines my overall identity, I chose this course above the other choices.

Unsurprisingly, my undergraduate studies—more specifically, my paper on Partition Literature—enamoured my fondness for the literature and history of the area. In addition, I want to continue with my academic specialisation in South Asian studies as a steward of the region's multireligious ambitions. I have always served as a stooge for the South Asian culture of the miniature salad bowl. I have led Ramlila Manchan, attended the evening prayer mass at my convent school, enjoyed the delectable langar at Gurudwaras and temples, and attended the Buddha Purnima gatherings while being a practicing Muslim, and this aspect of South Asia intrigues me outside the realm of academia. I consider myself a part of it.

I come from a line of forebears who, till date, remain deprived of education, that includes even my first cousins. I am grateful that my parents have given my siblings and myself this boon and have always supported us in our academic pursuits. Even though I was definitely not the most brilliant person in the class, lately, the commitment and work I put into my academic career have created in me a drive to study more and explore more. I have gone from being dubbed "Mr. Good for Nothing" in high school to receiving the Founder Principal Gold Medal for the Best Boy Student of the College at one of the country's most prestigious universities.
I have worked with the University of Chicago Center in Delhi; the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Lokniti), where I worked on a social science research project on Indian Youth: Aspirations and Vision for the Future, in different political settings. I have also worked With a range of political parties and reputed offices like the Office of Member of Parliament and the Office of Advisor to the Chief Minister of the Government of the NCT of Delhi, New Delhi. I have been thoroughly involved in preparing issue briefs, research notes, and Zero Hour Interventions and parliamentary questions for the Parliamentarians across party lines. Two of my notable Zero Hour Interventions accepted by the research wing of the Indian National Congress are: rising deaths by suicide in India and the need to protect interfaith couples.

I have served as the Deputy Chairperson of the India-Brazil Youth Forum in association with the Embassy of Brazil in New Delhi. Currently, I am serving as a Global Youth Ambassador for Theirworld, where I am on the front lines of the campaign for global education. I also hold the position of the National Vice-Coordinator for the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN). Notable news channel NewsX has featured me among five of India’s brightest youngsters.

Since my college years, I have been aiming toward my subject of study at SOAS, which is where I envision myself in the near future. I have worked extremely hard to make this happen, and fortunately, SOAS extended to me an unconditional offer as a result of my efforts. Although it is usually a wonderful moment, I am conscious that I still need to raise funds because it is my only resort I am left with.

The current tuition fee amount for Full Time 1 Year is £23,800, and the accommodation would be roughly between £8,000 and £11,000, totaling approximately ₹ 35,00,000. Coming from a middle class family, this amount is beyond what me and my family can afford. My father is retired from his profession and my mother is working as a primary school teacher, and even with their combined income, they are nearly unable to fund my education. With this helplessness it would be nearly impossible for me to go to SOAS; hence I request the external help of the ones who wish to help.

I want to continue my education even further, which is one reason I don't want to be liable for any student loans right now. I'll work while I'm studying, like most South Asians do, to manage my expenses. In light of the foregoing, I sincerely ask for your help in order to take advantage of the chance that has been offered to me because I will be unable to do so without your help. Please help me in any way you can, as every bit of your support and amplification will help me achieve my dream. As a result, I humbly ask for your help in any feasible way and present my entire goal to you.

I wholeheartedly appreciate you taking the time to read my parable, and I genuinely hope you can allude to me.

Thank you and warm regards,

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