IIT-Madras inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Melbourne that will result in provision of 16 PhD scholarships and associated support for research exchanges over the next three years.
The venture, a 3 million Australian dollar programme titled Melbourne-India Postgraduate Programme (MIPP), will also link the Australian varsity with IIT-Kanpur and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Speaking on the occasion on Friday, deputy vice-chancellor of University of Melbourne Susan Elliot, said the fact that the institutions in question had a standing in the global arena motivated them to collaborate with them. “India has always been on our arena, and the graduates of the IITs are desired in many developed nations,” she added.
The programme will commence officially in 2014 and will be open to PhD students enrolled at the Australian university, to be co-supervised by staff from the three indian institutes. Alternatively, students from the three Indian institutions will have access to co-supervision from academics from the Australian varsity.
Director of IIT-Madras, Bhaskar Ramamurthi, said: “The University of Melbourne is one of the reputed educational institutions in the world. We are delighted to engage with them and look forward to student exchange programme at all levels, particularly the research scholars.”
Dean of International and Alumni Relations at IIT-M, Prof R Nagarajan, said that the collaboration would be a four-stage process, starting with faculty interactions and leading to research scholar exchanges and joint supervision of PhDs, culminating in joint doctorate programmes.”
Officials from both universitites were present on the occasion.