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Melbourne University and Indian top guns on one platform

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University of Melbourne, joined hands with some of the top guns of India like IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras to sponsor PhD scholarship to Indian students. The programme will kick start from the next academic year and its main motive will be to promote the best talent in the business.

The curtain raiser of this multi-million programme was done on Monday, in India. The programme will certainly promote and motivate the next generation of researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in both the countries and it will be backed up by world-class academic, supervision and support.

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According to the officials "Melbourne-India Postgraduate Programme (MIPP) will link the University of Melbourne with some of the leading research institutes in India, Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (IISC), the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M)."

This joint venture of four academic bodies will provide 16 PhD scholarships and associate support for research exchanges over the next three years. In the inaugural ceremony, speaking on this fruitful collaboration, the vice-chancellor of the Melbourne University, Glyn Davis says "this new programme is a valuable addition to Melbourne's already extensive scholarships offering. By enabling students from India and Australia to undertake jointly developed research of the highest quality, we are confident the programme will address shared global challenges in areas of environmental, societal and technological need."

He further stated "We are excited that the programme will give students the opportunity to contribute to the development of education, cultural and industry links between both the countries."

Officially, the programme will start in 2014 and will open to PhD students enrolled at the University of Melbourne, to be co-supervised by the staff at IIT-K, IIT-M or IISC. On the other hand, students who are enrolled in one of the three Indian institutions will have access to co-supervision with Melbourne academics.

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