Monday, January 27, 2014

IIT-Madras, Deakin University tie up for collaborative research and joint PhD

Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and Deakin University entered into an agreement for collaborative research and development projects on Monday. Signing of a MoU is expected to result in the wider dissemination and practical utilisation of inventions generated by IIT-Madras faculty, students, and staff. This engagement will encourage the students to enroll themselves into such intense research and PhD programmes that will address important engineering and technology problems.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University and Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT-M and was presided by Prof. Gary Smith, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement. This MoU will not only be limited to collaborative research and development projects in the areas of materials and engineering but will also extend to joint PhD.

Hollander said: "Deakin's commitment in delivering technological innovations from renowned Indian institutes such as IIT-M stands testimony to its vision of building strong channels and effective partnerships in India. Through this strategic collaboration, Deakin and IIT-M will take the best solutions to a global market place."

"Deakin's partnership in India with the academia, industry and government and its efforts to bring to fore the ground-breaking inventions to a macro scale has been a positive engagement. The collaboration with TERI has helped set up a new research lab facility set up to provide solutions towards a greener and more advanced use of nano-technology for resolving challenging agricultural, biomedical and sustainability issues at the Deakin's Geelong Campus," said Prof. Peter Hodgson, Director of the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation at Deakin University.

Apart from focus on research and projects in the areas of materials and engineering the joint PhD supervision will be part of the agreement. Ten students will be enrolled in the joint supervision program, five at each institution. All these ten students will be resident at IIT- M where each student will be provided doctoral studentship to its enrolled students.

IIT-M will provide five PhD scholarships to its enrolled students and the benefits will be determined by IIT-M. The students who have enrolled for these PhD will be co-supervised by their respective academic staff.

Source: The Times of India (Online Edition), January 27, 2014

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