Hmangaihzuali, the daughter of a small-scale farmer from Thingsul in Mizoram, has won a Syngenta scholarship to study at Bangladesh's famed Asian University for Women (AUW).
Hmangaihzuali will study Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Public Health as an undergraduate at this all-female university. "I am fortunate to have been accepted into this prestigious programme despite coming from a humble farming family.
"I've always wanted to attend to a good institution, and now my dream has come true," Hmangaihzuali remarked.
This effort is in acknowledgment of the substantial economic contributions of women in agriculture," said Rafael Del Rio, managing director of Syngenta India Pvt Ltd.
Students will spend an entire year learning English under AUW's 'Pathways for Promise' programme, a second year at the Access Academy for additional academic preparation in all main academic disciplines, and the last three years completing a US accreditation-eligible undergraduate degree.
Students from rural communities who are interested in receiving this award are chosen based on academic excellence and demonstrated leadership.