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Cambridge University announces Manmohan Singh PhD Scholars

23 August, 2013

The programme has been instituted in recognition of Singh's achievements and nurtures future world leaders in the areas of science, technology and social sciences.

The names scholars for this year are Rishika Kundra,MSc in Biomedical Science from Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research with specialisation in psoriatic arthritis and Kedar Pandya, Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay, focusing on ballistic impact behaviour of carbon nanotube (CNT) and nano particle dispersed resins and composites.

With this Rishika and Kedar join the Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholars hall of fame of 16 previous fellow compatriots.The scholarship programme is funded by BP and a number of private donors.

Winner of the 2011 CSIR 'Catch Them Young' Award, Rishika Kundra, is keen to address psoriatic arthritis, a major cause of disability and morbidity at a person's most productive stage of life.

Kedar Pandya's several achievements at a young age have helped him set his sights towards futuristic goals of the potential that composite structures have for improved efficiency in aerospace.

Inspired by their mentor, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the scholars are now looking forward to being a part of the historic St John's College.

Founded in 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII,St John's is one of Cambridge University's most prestigious colleges.

Stephen Teal, Fellow & Development Director, St John´s College, University of Cambridge said, "These outstanding young scholars are the latest examples of the hugely talented people this Scholarship has attracted. We look forward to welcoming them to Cambridge, and feel sure that they will achieve great things during their time here."

Meanwhile, Singh met with the scholars on Wednesday at his residence and wished them luck as they left for Cambridge.