(Indian Institute of Technology) IIT Madras, Kanpur and (Indian Institute of Science) Bangalore joined hands with the University of Melbourne to offer PhD scholarship programme from 2014.
Aus 3$million dollar scholarship will be provided to 16 PhD scholars and associated support from research exchanges over the next three years through this Melbourne-Indian postgraduate programme.
"As a University we are committed to supporting research that has global impact and benefits, and this programme will go a long way to help further this goal," says Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne.
"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," Davis added.
He further stated "We are excited that the programme will give students the oppetunity to contribute to the development of education, cultural and industry links between both countries."
The programme will be open to PhD students enrolled at the University of Melbourne, to be co-supervised by faculty at IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras and IISc Bangalore. Students enrolled in one of the three institutions will have access to co-supervision with Melbourne academics.
The director of IIT-Kanpur, Indranil Manna, says, "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."