Guwahati: Hmangaihzuali, the daughter of a smallholder farmer and resident of Thingsul in Mizoram is among five successful recipients has bagged the Syngenta scholarship for admission to prestigious Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh.
According to official, the $375,000 (Rs 2.8 crore) scholarship will cover tuition, room and board, health coverage, textbooks and supplies, as well as the possibility of internship opportunities at Syngenta.
Hmangaihzuali will pursue an undergraduate programme in politics, philosophy, economics and public health at this all-women university.
Hmangaihzuali stated that “I am privileged to have been selected into this prestigious programme in Bangladesh, despite coming from a poor farming background. I’ve always wanted to attend a top university, and due to Syngenta, my dream has come true.”
Meanwhile, the other four recipients of the Syngenta scholarship are from Bangladesh.
According to sources, this scholarship is awarded to deserving students from farming communities who have excelled academically and demonstrated leadership.
Syngenta India managing director Rafael Del Rio said, “This initiative is in recognition of the significant economic contributions of women in agriculture.”
Under the AUW’s ‘Pathways for Promise’ programme, students will devote one full year to learning English during the course of the five-year scholarship. They will spend the second year of their education at the Access Academy, where they will get additional academic preparation in all core academic subjects. In addition, the previous three years will be devoted finishing a US-a accreditation-eligible undergraduate programme.