St John's College, Cambridge University has announced Rishika Kundra and Kedar Pandya as the winners of the prestigious Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholarship award 2013. This scholarship program was introduced to offer recognition to the achievements of Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, as well as to nurture future world leaders in the areas of science, technology and social sciences. The scholarship program is financially supported by BP and a number of private donors.
A meritorious mind, Rishika Kundra has done M. Sc. in Biomedical Science from Dr B R Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research with specialization in psoriatic arthritis, and the prodigious Kedar Pandya, has completed his M. Tech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay, focusing on ballistic impact behavior of carbon nanotube (CNT) and nanoparticle dispersed resins and composites.
With this achievement, Rishika and Kedar have joined the Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholars hall of fame consisting of 16 past year winners.
Winner of the CSIR 'Catch Them Young' Award2011, Rishika Kundra is interested to work on psoriatic arthritis, a major cause of disability and morbidity at a person's most productive stage of life. And, Kedar Pandya, who claims several achievements at a young age, has set his sights towards reaping from the potential of composite structures to improve the efficiency in aerospace.
Supported by the Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholarship award 2013, these two scholars are now looking forward to be a part of the historic St John's College, one of Cambridge University's most prestigious colleges. It is founded in 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of King Henry VII.
Stephen Teal, Fellow and 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."