Bayer Launches “Medha”, the Bayer Scholarship for agriculture students in India, and Life Sciences Students Bayer, in partnership with Bhubaneshwar City Knowledge Innovation Cluster Foundation (BCKIC), has launched a new fellowship program called “Medha” to support students from economically weaker sections. The program, which will be implemented through Bayer Foundation India, will provide financial assistance to 125 research scholars in the field of agriculture and life sciences.
Master’s students will receive monthly financial assistance of INR 20,000 for two years, while Ph.D. students will receive INR 40,000 per month for three years.
In addition to financial support, the fellows will also receive mentorship opportunities from Bayer employees and industry experts, as well as opportunities to visit Bayer’s research labs and interact with experts in the field.
The “Medha” fellowship aims to enable the fellows to achieve their short and long-term academic and professional goals by providing them with financial support and opportunities for growth and development. The program places a special focus on women candidates and persons with disabilities, in line with Bayer’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.
D Narain, the President of Bayer South Asia and Global Head of Smallholder Farming, stated that Bayer is thrilled to support the future of young scholars who are shaping the future through impactful research in life sciences. Bayer is committed to supporting education, research, and innovation and providing inclusive opportunities for all members of society, including economically weaker sections and women scholars. The “Medha” Bayer Scholarship for agriculture students in India program is a testament to Bayer’s support towards nation-building and their commitment to these causes.
The Medha Fellowship program is designed to benefit students from low-income families who are struggling to fund their education. The program has a 60% reservation for women candidates and an additional 10% reservation for persons with disabilities to encourage applications from these groups. Students enrolled in the first year of their Master’s or Ph.D. programs can apply for the fellowship.
Dr. Mrutyunjay Suar, Chairman of BCKIC Foundation, emphasized the importance of making education and research accessible to all by removing financial barriers and providing opportunities to meritorious underprivileged students. According to Dr. Suar, Bayer’s Medha Fellowship program is the enabler that can achieve this goal.
Bayer’s initiative to support the education finance gap is in line with the company’s commitment to bridging this gap. Bayer has pledged INR 100 million to support researchers in the field of life sciences, and the Medha Fellowship is an example of how the agriculture industry can support research and innovation in India. This program empowers the brightest minds to learn today and contribute to India’s agricultural impact in the future.