Madhu Raut is a MSc Artificial Intelligence student.
What is your name and what course do you study, what year are you in, what scholarship did you receive?
I’m Madhu Raut and I’m currently pursuing MSc Artificial Intelligence at City, University of London. I’m a recipient of the British Council Women in STEM Scholarship 2021.
What were you doing before you came to study at City?
Prior to my master's here at City, I completed my master's in Cyber Security from the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, India.
What has been your favourite module on the course, and what have you enjoyed most about your time at City?
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence has been my favourite module so far, as I worked on Malware Prediction using AI in this.
The experience of studying at City, living with my culturally diverse flat mates in London, and starting a whole new life on my own is empowering and surreal, stretching far beyond my academic horizons.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I plan to work for companies that give me the opportunity to explore the exciting applications of Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security.
What would be your top tip for our applicants?
Be genuine, brave, and honest with your efforts! Having the zeal to make a difference, being passionate about your field, and conveying your achievements and work experience effectively can really help you get closer to this scholarship.
What work experience or activities have you taken part in relating to ‘your subject’?
I’m a believer of “knowledge comes, but experience lingers” and hence have participated in hackathons and internships. I belong to the winning team of Smart India Hackathon 2020 and was the leader of the runner-up team of ASEAN India Hackathon 2021.
I have also worked with the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre, India.
What is one way we can engage other women and girls in STEM from India?
National level platforms in India such as Vijnana Bharati: Shakti focus on women empowerment, especially in STEM. As a keynote speaker for this organization, I have connected with several women, including senior STEM researchers, professors, and young girls stepping into the field of STEM.
On a personal level too, I guide young girls and hopefully inspire them to pursue STEM as their career.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
It takes courage to leave our comfort zone, enter an unknown territory, manage studies as well as work and life. All I can say is, being a British Council Scholar at City is the ticket to a bold and independent life and a thriving career in STEM!