IMII student on NBC New York online

The IMII's very own Razia Shahab was featured in an article on the Web site of NBC New York last week.

Shahab was an unlikely student at the International Media Institute of India but was able to attend with the support of a U.S. doctor and the encouragement of her family. Once at the new post-graduate journalism institute in Noida, she excelled. All of us here wish her the best. 

The story profiled Shahab's transition from her rural village to the nation's megapolis capital against the odds.

From the story:

Razia Shahab knew that pursuing higher education would come with obstacles.

In India, such an education often only goes to the children of wealthy families who can afford to pay high tuition fees.  Shahab wasn't in that club.

Born into a simple family in Firozabad, India, where child labor is rampant in the city's famous bangle industry, Shahab's future seemed already determined. 

But that plan changed course when she realized her dream of becoming a journalist might be within reach due to the generosity of a retired New York doctor.

Shahab's success at the IMII was demonstrated when she was named the institute's best Hindi student at convocation on 10 May.