Two female students received the President’s Gold Medal at the convocation ceremony of the Institute of Science Education and Research. Budding scientists Saloni Rose and Divita Gupta, received the prestigious award for their outstanding academic achievements.

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived to confer degrees on 153 students of the IISER in Mohali on Sunday (May 20).

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Saloni belongs to a scientist family

Saloni, who hails from Chennai, has secured the first rank among all IISER campuses.

The topper also bagged the first position in her specialized field of bio-sciences. She scored 9.9 on 10

Saloni’s parents, Rajesh and Supriya Rose, are both nuclear engineers and currently work with a nuclear power plant in Rajasthan.

Saloni is also very passionate about sports. She is a state-level badminton player. Speaking about her future plans, she told TOI that she wants to pursue doctorate in neurosciences from University of Regensburg in Germany.

“Neurosciences is the study of all sciences including neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or function of the nervous system and brain.”, she added.

Divita, an eco crusader

Divita Gupta is from Amritsar. She bagged the Gold medal for being the overall topper in her specialized field of Chemistry by scoring 9.4 on 10. In addition to the Gold medal, she also received the SN Kaul award for excellence.

Divita, who wants to take up research as her core field of specialization, said that she wants to pursue a doctorate in chemistry.

Divita wants to invent new chemical formulae for improving our environment

“Chemical inventions to give new formulas for the betterment of environment which can be used efficiently in our daily lives is my goal after becoming a chemical research scientist,” said Divita.

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Malvika Bansal is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv

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