A student of T.Subbarami Reddy and T.Balaramkrishna Degree College and P.G.Centre, Aripaka Praveen Kumar, has been selected for Ph.D. programme-2011 by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad under an outstanding scientist (Scientist-H) “Amitabha Chhatopadhyav”, according to college director T. Balarama Krishna. He won gold medal for his merit in chemistry during his three year stint as a B.Sc. student of the college. During his three year study, he scored an aggregate of 83 per cent. He was also awarded the Muthyala Venkanna Naidu medal and G. Gopala Rao Shastiabdipoorthi prize at the 79{+t}{+h}Andhra University convocation held in June 2011. Praveen Kumar further secured 96{+t}{+h}rank in JNU entrance examination and completed his post graduation degree in M.Sc. (Biotechnology) in Himachal University. There too, he proved his mettle by securing All India 8{+t}{+h}rank in CSIR-Net in Dec. 2010 and was selected for the country's most prestigious fellowship, SPM-1 Scholarship.