CHENNAI: IIT- Madras entered into a joint doctoral program agreement with Curtin University, Perth, recently. Brett Kirk, associate deputy vice-chancellor research, Curtin University, and Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT-Madras, signed an agreement to formalise the same.
The dean of International and Alumni relations, IIT-M, R Nagarajan, said that the institute had embarked on a systematic programme of research collaboration with leading universities around the world. “We envision a four-stage process, starting with faculty interactions, leading to research scholar exchanges and joint supervision of PhDs, culminating over time in joint doctorate programs,” he said, talking about the objective of the agreement. Syed Islam, Dean International for the faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University, said that the university would be sending a group of engineering students for a semester funded by the New Colombo plan, this year.