Ninth recipient of Pemanda Monappa Scholarship announced

Mohammed Fadil Ammanamveettil Lukhman has become the ninth recipient of the prestigious Pemanda Monappa Scholarship, available to applicants from Southern India who wish to undertake their higher education at the University of Cambridge.

Mohammed Fadil, who grew up in Kerala and graduated this year from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi a degree in Chemical Engineering, will arrive in Cambridge next month to undertake a Master’s degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering at St. Edmund's College.  In his application to the University, Mohammed stated: “I aim to be a pioneer in process systems engineering”.

At a ceremony in Chennai this month, Mohammed’s scholarship was formally awarded by Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali.

Also in attendance was Helen Pennant, Director of the Cambridge Trust, and Mr P.M. Belliappa who generously established the Pemanda Monappa Scholarship Fund back in 2010 in memory of his father, Pemanda Monappa, a distinguished and highly-decorated officer of the Indian Police.

In her address, Helen Pennant said: “Education advances human knowledge and brings together communities … this scholarship may be for one person but we see the impact that one person can have, and the valuable contribution Trust students make to their home countries and regions”, adding "I am delighted that Mohammed Fadil's application was successful, and that his hard work has been recognised and rewarded by his selection as the Pemanda Monappa Scholar for 2018".

The Pemanda Monappa Scholarship, co-funded by the Cambridge Trust, is available to outstanding Masters applicants from States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala or Tamil Nadu wishing to undertake courses in Biological Sciences (excluding medicine and veterinary medicine), Computer Science, Economics, English Literature, Law, Physical Sciences or Technology.

Helen Pennant with Mohammed Fadil, and his younger brother

Helen Pennant with Mohammed Fadil, and his younger brother