Thursday, March 24, 2011



Fulbright fellowship programme holds many opportunities for students, researchers and educationists to work in the United States. This was stated by Ms Gayatri Singhal, Indian Programme Coordinator, US-India Educational Foundation, at New Delhi based Fulbright Commission in India. She, through a power point presentation, highlighted various Fulbright programmes. For success in achieving the fellowship, the proposal should be convincing, she said while spelling out useful tips how to write winning proposals.

The work plan proposal should be need-based, mutually beneficial and impacting, said Ms Singhal adding that the programme is highly competitive. The foundation processes the applications in a clear cut time frame, she said. She disclosed that generally the proposals from northern India are very few. She said that during 2011 of as many as 1300 applications received, only 17 were from Punjab. Highlighting PAU for its strong research and technology programme and availability of potential students and scientists, Ms Singhal encouraged them to write proposals for participation in the Fulbright programme. She said that Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma from Centre for Communication and International Linkages, PAU who recently returned from Fulbright study can be a better contact for PAU to provide tips and guidelines.

In his remarks, Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, who himself is a Fulbright Scholar, said that Fulbright is a very useful programme that is flexible for age of applicants. He mentioned that in a recent meeting of Indo-US Fulbright Scholarship Programme that he chaired, there were relatively very few applicants from North India. He said that orientation lectures by experts will motivate students and faculty to apply for Fulbright. PAU, having a great reputation of being a great institute should have more applications not only from students and faculty but also from administrators, said Dr. Kang. He said that already a Fulbrighter from America (Ms Heidi Exline) was working at PAU.

The Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Dr. Gursharan Singh while proposing vote of thanks to Registrar, Deans, Directors, Officers, faculty members and students said that the deliberation by Ms Singhal was quite informative and useful. The programme was organized by the PAU Science Club.

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