Khushboo Borah is completing a DPhil in Plant Sciences at Keble College after applying to Oxford from India and arriving as a Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld Scholar. Here is her story.
I was born and brought up in the north eastern part of India where flood is the major calamity that affects crop production to a considerable extent. Agricultural growth is most important to support the higher growth path aspired by agricultural dominant nations like India and my motive is to engage in a study for food security and sustainable agricultural development. I graduated as an engineer in biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, and decided to explore further my research possibilities in the field of plant sciences. The opportunity as a graduate student at Oxford will help me build a strong scientific background to carry out my aspired research in developing sustainable agricultural systems in the long run.
My graduate study at Oxford is funded by the Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld Scholarship and Leadership Programme and I am proud to be a part of its aims to cultivate future leaders in the fields of sustainable development and food security. Funding is a very crucial issue for students in being able to secure high quality education. I had all the zeal, passion and determination to pursue a research career ahead but it would have been very difficult for me if I was not able to secure funding for my graduate studies at Oxford. There is immense talent around the globe but funding their study can be a major hurdle. I want to do what I can for the Oxford Thinking Campaign so that the University can support more scholars in the future. After my graduate studies, I envision a research career where my interests lie in the development of sustainable agricultural systems for better survival of crops under stress conditions.