Biotechnologist from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham awarded prestigious fellowship by Indian Govt.

The Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship by Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, aims to attract highly skilled Indian researchers working abroad in cutting-edge disciplines of biotechnology

January 2,2018: Dr.Indulekha CL Pillai, Asst. Professor, Amrita School of Biotechnology, AmritaVishwa Vidyapeetham, has been awarded the prestigiousRamalingaswami Re-entryFellowship by the Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science &Technology, Govt. of India. 

The biotech researcher is the recipient of thefive-year Fellowship, which is a re-entry scheme to attract highly skilledIndian researchers working abroad in cutting-edge disciplines of biotechnologyby providing them attractive avenues to pursue their research in Indianinstitutions. 

Said Dr. P. Venkat RanganViceChancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham: “Inspired by our Chancellor MataAmritanandamayi, our world-class faculty and research work are our mainstrength. We are extremely delighted that one of our researchers has beenawarded the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship by the Indian Government. It isa prestigious recognition to the scientist who has returned from abroad to takeup assignment with us. It highlights the fact that the Indian Government isappreciating the key role being played by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham inreversing brain drain into brain gain for the country.” The fellowship isoffered to researchers and scientists of outstanding track record with at leastthree years of post-doctoral research experience, of which last two yearsshould be from an overseas laboratory. 

Dr. Indulekha CL Pillai joinedthe Amrita School of Biotechnology, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in 2016. Sheearned her PhD from Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology. She finished herpost-doctoral fellowship at the laboratory of Dr. Arjun Deb at University ofCalifornia (2011-2015). Later she moved to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, LosAngeles. Dr. Pillai has received several recognitions throughout her academiccareer. She is a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) andInternational Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). 

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has been ranked 9th bestuniversity in India in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) – the only privateuniversity to figure in the top 10 universities of the country. This isformidable achievement considering that Amrita was established less than 15years ago.

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