Wednesday, April 3, 2013



Ms Mitaly Bansal, a Ph.D. student of the School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has brought laurels to the University by bagging the prestigious Fellowship under Monsanto\'s Beachell Borlaug International Scholars Programme for 2013. She is among the 12 selected candidates from a total of 65 applicants from different universities across the globe. A total budget of US $ 1,00,000 has been provided for the Ph.D. study of Mitaly Bansal, which includes her fellowship, tuition fee, expenses for research and travel for research abroad.

The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon congratulated the University student for this achievement and exhorted her to continue working hard to bring further laurels to this premiere institution.

Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, highlighted that in the last four years, four PAU students have been awarded this prestigious fellowship, one every year consecutively. He appreciated the efforts of Dr (Mrs) Parveen Chhuneja, Major Advisor of Mitaly Bansal, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director of SAB, for guiding the student to achieve this distinction. Dr Singh lauded the accomplishment of the PAU student and extended his best wishes.

Giving details of the Fellowship, Dr (Mrs) Chhuneja informed that the University student will undertake a part of her study for one year at John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom, under the guidance of Dr Cristobal Uauy. For Ph.D. research, she will work on "Fine Mapping and Identification of Candidate Genes for Stripe and Leaf Rust Resistance Transferred from Wild Wheat into Bread Wheat using Wheat Genome Sequence Information." Under this award, Ms Bansal has also been invited to attend the Leadership Course for three days and the World Food Prize Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, to be held from October 12-18, 2013, she highlighted.
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