A student of LPU M.Sc. Agriculture (Genetics & Plant Breeding) Sumant Bindal has bagged a fully-paid scholarship price Rs. 1.3 Crores to pursue PhD in Plant Sciences at the prestigious Australian National University. It is perhaps the largest scholarship ever bagged by an agriculture scholar in India.

“Australian National University is one of the leading research institutions in the world and a dream destination for me to pursue my PhD there,” Sumant said.

Last year, when he was in the second year of his M.Sc., 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 one of the 15 Masters’ students from across the world who were chosen for this fellowship.

The PhD programme at ANU will begin from September 28th, 2020 and Sumant’s matter of analysis can be ‘Identification of signalling pathways activated by resistant genes towards Fusarium wilt in tomato’. His analysis would concentrate on the way to make tomatoes utterly immune to Fusarium wilt, a plant fungus that infects tomatoes worldwide.