Deepika Mishra, a student from Akola-based Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (PDKV), has become the first student from the university to be selected for a prestigious research project in 'Phenomics' at the Texas-Tech University in USA. She will be conducting research for her doctoral degree in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences there.
Aspiring to be a scientist, Deepika has had interest in research right from her graduation studies. After doing her BSc from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), she joined PDKV for her Master's degree. She was one of the few students who got scholarships even during under graduation from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Even at PDKV she joined through the ICAR-Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) exam in 2011.
"The Masters program at PDKV helped me to know about various aspects of breeding. I have till now topped most of the courses at masters and hold the highest cumulative grade point average in the batch. My research project during masters was on "Heterosis and combining ability studies in leguminous crop cowpea". I am grateful to VS Kale, associate professor and breeding specialist who paved the way for this new avenue," she told TOI.
Deepika has earlier represented the university at various forums. She has presented papers on "Effect of Integrated Nutrient Management of Parsley under coastal zone" and on "Effect of Integrated Nutrient Management on growth and yield of garlic" at Global Conference on Horticulture and won prizes for being the best poster presenter. She aspires to pursue a research-oriented career and feels that at Texas Tech University she will get the much needed opportunity to widen horizons of her knowledge and sharpen her research acumen working in trans-disciplinary research programmes.
Deepika thanks the VC of PDKV Prof RG Dani and Prof VN Dod, the horticulture department head, who guided her in pursuing her desire.