Indian student Sumant Bindal has received a student scholarship of Rs 1.3 crore from Australian National University (ANU) for pursuing a doctorate from plant science in agriculture. Bindal is a postgraduate student in the field of agriculture at Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab. “This is perhaps the biggest scholarship ever bagged by an agriculture student from India. The PhD programme would commence in September 2020 at ANU,” Jalandhar-based LPU said in a statement.
Bindal, a post graduate in agri-genetics and plant breeding would be doing research on “Identification of signalling pathways activated by resistant genes against Fusarium wilt in tomato,” the private university said.
His research would focus on how to make tomatoes completely resistant to Fusarium wilt, a plant fungus that infects tomatoes worldwide, and has reportedly caused up to 45 per cent yield loss to tomato crop in India in the past, it added.
Bindal said, “It is a great pleasure for me to get this scholarship. ANU is one of the world’s leading research institutes and it has been my dream to do PhD at this institute. “ANU is considered one of the world’s leading research universities.
This is not the first time that Sumant has received international recognition. Last year, he had also got an opportunity to intern at the globally renowned World Vegetable Center in Taiwan, which was fully funded by the Taiwan government. He was one of the 15 Master’s students from across the world who were chosen for this fellowship.