Australia-India PhD Program To Provide 16 Scholarships

A new PhD program has been launched in India to provide budding researchers in Australia and India with academic supervision and support.

AsianScientist (Nov. 19, 2013) – A new multimillion-dollar scholarship program has been launched in India to provide the next generation of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Melbourne and India with academic supervision and support.

The Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program (MIPP) will link the University of Melbourne with leading research institutes in India: the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (IISc), the Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and the Institute of Technology Madras (IITM).

A joint initiative of the four institutions, the AU$3 million program will provide 16 PhD scholarships and associated support for research exchanges over the next three years.

“By enabling students from India and Australia to undertake jointly developed research of the highest quality, we’re confident the program will address shared global challenges in areas of environmental, societal and technological need, said University of Melbourne’s vice-chancellor Professor Glyn Davis. “Beyond this, we’re excited that the program will give students the opportunity to contribute to the development of education, cultural and industry links between both countries.”

The program will officially commence in 2014 and will be open to PhD students enrolled at the University Of Melbourne, to be co-supervised by staff at IITK, IITM or IISC. Alternatively, students enrolled in one of the three Indian institutions will have access to co-supervision with Melbourne academics.

IITK director Professor Indranil Manna believes that the initiative would bring the four leading institutions together.

“Australian and Indian communities hold immense respect for each other and this is yet another opportunity that would contribute to the strengthening of cultural ties between the two great nations,” Professor Manna said.

“The Faculty at IIT Kanpur has always advocated and encouraged inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration and cooperation in all areas of mutual interest in science and Engineering. Such programs not only contribute to diversity on campus, but also help build bridges across geographical borders,” he said.

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Source: The University of Melbourne.
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