JORHAT, June 4 � Eleven students and two teachers of the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) here have been selected by the European Commission for different degree courses and doctoral and post-doctoral studies on plant virology, stated AAU spokesperson Dr Ranjit Kumar Saud on Tuesday.
The selected candidates have been awarded by the European Commission with a fellowship covering their entire expenses during their studies in Europe. The selected students are Ranju Chutia, Maitry Paul, Munmi Borah and Manswita Baruah (for PhD), Nandita Sarmah, Anupam Gogoi, Parinda Baruah, Nomi Sarmah, Namrata Baruah (for MSc), Pinky Dutta and Urmil Barthakur (for undergraduate courses), while the faculties selected for post-doctoral studies are Anjumoni Devee and Sunayana Rathi.
The selected candidates will study at the Agricultural University of Athens (Greece), University of East Anglia (UK), Tallin University of Technology (Estonia), Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland) and Universidad Polytecnica de Madrid (Spain). The entire programme is being coordinated by two faculty members from AAU, Dr Basanta Kumar Borah and Prof Palash Deb Nath.
Meanwhile, AAU Vice Chancellor Dr KM Bujarbaruah has congratulated all the selected candidates for their achievements. The faculty members, employees and staff of the university also expressed their happiness on this major development.
The programme was conceived by Dr Borah in the early 2013 through a collaboration with Dr Andreas Voloudakis from Agricultural University, Athens along with a few other European and Indian scientists. The programme materialised during July, 2013 and in December, 2013, the modalities of the programme were finalised in a meeting held at Athens, Greece which was attended by all the partners, including Dr Borah and Prof Deb Nath.