Chandigarh January 21, 2020: Akshi Goyal, Ph.D. Research Scholar from Panjab University under supervision of Dr. Suman Mor, Associate Professor, Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University and Dr. Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER has been selected for Newton Bhabha Ph.D. Placement Programme 2019-2020.
The British Council – India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India and Indian Higher Education Institutions recently announced the results for Newton Bhabha Ph.D. Placement Programme 2019-2020.
The Newton-Bhabha Fund offers an opportunity for UK and Indian Ph.D. scholars to spend a period of their study (up to two to four months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions.
The supervisor from the host institute i.e. the University of Worcester is one of the global experts in the field of aerobiological research. The proposed Ph.D. placement work will allow finding the variability of the urban climate in response to the land cover type. As an increase in temperature, changes in land-cover and shifts in the weather pattern have shown a synergistic effect on dispersal and transportation of aeroallergens.
The proposed placement will scientifically enhance the Ph.D. outcomes as it helps to identify the emission sources of pollens using the back trajectory model along with the WRF model.
Moreover, this will help in building the relationship between the emission area and its surroundings with airborne pollen concentration and to predict the dispersion of airborne pollen levels in under-monitored areas.
A better understanding of spatial variability of urban climate and pollens will help in the assessment of pollen
dispersion and its exposure level.
The current research will allow her to better assess future risks so that society can prepare better in order to reduce health burden.
The proposed placement will further enhance the scope of the study as it will allow her to scale up the study from a regional level to a national scale in the future. Moreover, under this placement programme, she will develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities.