Friday, April 5, 2013



A world renowned rice breeder, popularly known as "Paddy Daddy," Dr Gurdev Singh Khush, has eulogized the students of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for the distinction of bagging the prestigious Fellowship under Monsanto\'s Beachell Borlaug International Scholars Programme for the four consecutive years. In his message, Dr Khush wrote, "No other university in the world has bagged more than two awards."

Four Ph.D students of the PAU including Amandeep K. Sandhu (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Amandeep Kaur (Plant Breeding and Genetics), Dharminder Bhatia (Plant Breeding and Genetics), and Mitaly Bansal (Biotechnology), bagged the Fellowships under Monsanto\'s Beachell Borlaug International Scholars Programme in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively. Mitaly Bansal, who has been awarded this fellowship for the year 2013, is among the 12 selected candidates from a total of 65 applicants from different universities the world over. Under this award, a total budget of US $ 1,00,000 has been provided for her Ph.D. study.

The Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon has expressed great happiness over this rare distinction of the University students and has lauded the untiring efforts of the faculty for guiding the students to achieve these fellowships. Dr Dhillon exhorted the PAU students to continue with their constant efforts to bring further laurels to this renowned farm varsity of international repute.

Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, highlighted that since the inception of the scholarship in the year 2009, one student from PAU is successful in competing for this fellowship every year. Through these fellowships, the scholars gain the leadership skills, education, and tools to positively impact rice and wheat farmers around the world and improve the future of agriculture. He hailed the efforts of Dr (Mrs) Parveen Chhuneja, Major Advisor of Mitaly Bansal, and Dr Kuldeep Singh, Director of SAB.

Giving fellowship contours, Dr Chhuneja said that Ms Mitaly will undertake a part of her study for one year at John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom under the guidance of Dr Cristobal Uauy. Under this award, she has also been invited to attend the Leadership Course for three days and the World Food Prize Ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, from October 12-18, 2013.

News From:

No comments:

eXTReMe Tracker