- Justin Joseph, Research Scholar (HS15D018), Department of Humanities and Social Sciences on being awarded the '2017 Chinese Government Scholarship' for fieldwork and language training based at Shanghai University. The scholarship initially for one year (extendable for another year) is funded jointly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India and the China Scholarship Council, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China. He is guided by Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu.
- The following Team from IIT Madras comprising three Ph.D. scholars of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences won the First Prize in the Inter-College/University ‘China Quiz’ organised by the Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S) on 8th September 2016:
The IITM team had competed with 25 other teams to win the title. The prize comprised of a cash award of Rs.15,000/- and Certificates. All the above scholars are guided by Dr. Joe Thomas Karackattu.