PAU student bags Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Young Research Fellowship
She was awarded this prestigious fellowship during an online event
Ms Gurkanwal Kaur Sekhon, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been awarded with the prestigious “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Young Research Fellowship” for the year 2020-21. She was awarded this prestigious fellowship during an online event organized by TERRE Policy Centre, Pune in the reverential memory of scientist par excellence, our late President, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Ms Gurkanwal was selected amongst 800 candidates nationwide and shortlisted for the final interview-cum-presentation among the top 15 researchers and was adjudged as the winner of this fellowship. In her Ph.D research, she is working on “Process optimization for conversion of paddy straw into ethanol and xylitol” under the guidance of Dr Monica Sachdeva Taggar, Biochemist, Department of Biochemistry. This research work is being carried out in Pathak Energy Laboratories, Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, PAU. The fellowship carries a cash price of Rs 25,000/- along with a citation, scroll and medallion.
Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice-Chancellor; Dr (Mrs) GK Sangha, Dean, Postgraduate Studies; Dr Ashok Kumar, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering; Dr Shammi Kapoor, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities; Dr (Mrs) Sucheta Sharma, Head, Department of Biochemistry; and Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Head, Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, congratulated the student and wished her all success in her future endeavours.