Keralite PhD students bag PM's Research Fellowship

Harsha Sankar S H and P Anjana. Photo: Manorama

Harsha Sankar S H, a third-year Integrated PhD student hailing from Kaipuzha in Kottayam, and P Anjana, a PhD student from Kadalundi in Kozhikode, have bagged the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF).

Harsha, daughter of A S Hari and Sarala, residents of Sreeniketan in Adampallil, is pursuing an Integrated PhD course in Biological Science from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Berhampur, Odisha.

She is pursuing her research on the topic ‘The scope of Epitranscriptome Modification in Kidneys’ under the guidance of Assistant Professor Dr R Selvi Bharathavikru.

“The institute had nominated me for the scholarship and there was a first-level screening as part of checking my eligibility. The research work is based on post transcriptional regulation in kidney, an emerging field of research which is relevant in the wake of rising number of cases of chronic kidney diseases,” said Harsha, who obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Botany & Biotechnology from CMS College, Kottayam. She will receive an amount of Rs 50 lakh as part of the PM's Research Fellowship.

Another PhD student from Kadalundi in Kozhikode district bagged the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) worth Rs 55 lakh.

P Anjana, the fellowship-winner, will conduct research in Low-Temperature Geo Chemistry. She is currently pursuing PhD at the Earth Sciences Department of IIT, Kanpur. Anjana is the daughter of Dr P Chandrasekharan, who is the patron of Suraksha Palliative, Mannur, and Dr K Nandini, an ophthalmologist with the Tirur District Hospital.

The Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme aims at improving the quality of research in higher educational institutions.

For further information and how to apply for the fellowship, visit

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