In what could be considered a matter of pride for Kodagu, Yashoda Somanna Padeyanda has been conferred Ph.D in environmental engineering by the Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea.
Yashoda, a first rank-holder in M.Sc (environment sciences) from Mangalore University, was offered scholarship by the National Institute for International Education, Korea.
She was conferred the Ph.D for her dissertation on ‘study on the potential environmental impact of food waste management in Dajeon Metropolitan City, Korea, using life cycle assessment’.
She did her schooling at St. Joseph’s Convent, Madikeri, and studied B.Sc at St. Agnes College, Mangalore. She served as a project associate at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, and was a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Besides publishing papers at major seminars, she has also attended international conferences.
In an e-mail chat, Yashoda told the news portal www.www.coorgnews.in that hard work was behind her academic success.
Known by her pet name Yeshi in family circles, Yashoda is the daughter of Padeyanda Somanna, a forest officer, originally hailing from Kakkabe, but settled down now in Madikeri. Yashoda’s mother who belonged to the Napoklu Boppanda family, passed away a few days after the delivery of her only child.
Yashoda who excelled in academics from her younger days, was awarded the highest mark cardholder scholarship by Tata Coffee, and was also felicitated by Bengaluru and Madikeri Kodava Samajas for her outstanding performances.