Saturday, January 26, 2013

2013-Jan-26 Left Kathmandu for Thailand

Stayed in Nepal for 13 days.
Cold and dusty Kathmadu shows a tremendous prospect.
Roads are broadening.
People are even more friendlier.
The infrastuctures are developing rapidly.
People are seeking ways to stability.
Governemet seems strong
Motors for mass transport have become older and badly worn out.
I had tough time managing many events in short time.
Read two nepali books: Jeewan phool li kanda by Jhamak Ghimirey, SAKASH by Jagadish Ghimire.
Bought three books for the journey back home: Gurkhas daughter, Abraham Lincoln and Sapanako Samadhi (Nepali).
I am waiting for a good time to write and upload pictures.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

PhD Research Scholarship at IRRI

PhD Research Scholarship at IRRI

   Application procedure
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The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) invites applicants for a PhD research scholarship at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division.

The successful candidate will conduct research on crop health and will manage field research plots throughout South and Southeast Asia in the following countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, and the Philippines (IRRI). This 3-year PhD scholarship is part of IRRI’s multidisciplinary efforts to develop strategies for rice crop health management and to mitigate the impacts of production constraints. This project deals specifically with rice crop health and will be part of the IRRI plant disease management program. It focuses on finding integrated solutions to rice crop health problems, which include diseases, insect and animal pests, and weeds.

Research area: Crop health management

The Scholarship

Level: The scholarship is for a PhD degree.

The Scholarship persiod:  3 years

Scholarship benefits: Round-trip airfare and related travel expenses, monthly stipend with local medical and accident insurance, university fees (with an upper limit), leadership and professional development funds, and research support costs.

Closing date of application: January 30, 2013

Interested applicants may send their applications to:

IRRI PhD Scholarship
Office of Scholars’ Affairs
Training Center 
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
DAPO Box 7777
Metro Manila

For more information you may click on this link:  PhD Research Scholarship at IRRI or please contact

As a leading global rice research organization, IRRI is an excellent location for young rice researchers and graduate students to engage in internships and training where they can be supervised by leading scientists in a world-class scientific environment.  Qualified students who are about to enroll for their PhD or to conduct their PhD research are invited to apply for this scholarship. We provide a gender-sensitive environment and strongly encourage women applicants.