LPU MSc Agriculture student bags Rs 1.3 crore scholarship to pursue PhD at Australian National University
It is perhaps the biggest scholarship ever bagged by an agriculture student in India
Jalandhar: LPU MSc Agriculture (Genetics & Plant Breeding) student, Sumant Bindal has bagged a fully-paid scholarship worth Rs. 1.3 Crores. Sumant has got this scholarship for studying PhD in Plant Sciences at the prestigious Australian National University (ANU) in Australia. It is perhaps the biggest scholarship ever bagged by an agriculture student in India.
The PhD programme at ANU will commence from September 28th, 2020 and Sumant’s topic of research would be ‘Identification of signaling pathways activated by resistant genes against Fusarium wilt in Tomato’. His research would focus on how to make tomatoes completely resistant to “Fusarium wilt”, which is a plant fungus that infects tomatoes worldwide.
LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal shares, “Sumant is one of the brightest students at LPU. It is a moment of great pride for all of us to see him get an opportunity to study at one of the world’s leading research universities. At LPU, our focus is on leading classroom learning to the on-ground application. The 1000 acres of farmland that we have offers agriculture students plenty of opportunities to research and implement what they learn. We hope to see more of the students following Sumant’s footsteps in the future as well”.
Sumant Bindal is extremely happy to share: “I am very excited to receive this scholarship. ANU is one of the leading research institutions in the world and a dream destination for me to pursue my PhD. I would like to thank my faculty and mentors at LPU who encouraged me at every juncture and helped me in applying to many leading universities across the globe, including ANU.”
Last year, when he was in the second year of his MSc, Sumant had also got an opportunity to intern at the globally renowned ‘World Vegetable Center’ in Taiwan which was fully funded by the Taiwan government. Sumant was then one of the 15 Masters’ students from across the world who were chosen for this coveted Taiwanese fellowship.