Australia Awards AU$ 1.1 Million Scholarships For Indian Research Students

By Divya

TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC) eleven Indian students have been awarded a three-year tuition fee waiver worth 1.1 million AUD by the Australian government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull who arrived here on a four-day visit inaugurated the TDNBC.

The announcement was done by the Australian Education and Training Minister Senator Simon Birmingham during his visit to TDNBC in Gurgaon with a high-level delegation.

A statement issued by TERI read, "The visit marked the celebration of the Indo-Australian academic and research alliance.''

"The TDNBC facility is not incredible because we are commissioning bricks and mortar, it's incredible because of the brains, the students, the knowledge that is embedded within the facility, and the potential that they (students) are going to realise in so many different ways," the statement quoting Simon Birmingham said.

Scholarship awarded to Indian students.

More about the program:

  • Under the scholarships program, each student is provided with a full tuition-fee waiver from Deakin University up to an amount of approx. AUD 100,000 for a period of three years.
  • Under the program, students travel to Deakin University in Australia for a period of six to eight months during their Ph.D. to work closely with their supervisor.
  • "Under this program, Deakin University and TERI will provide joint supervision to the students. 

TDNBC envisions meeting the demand for a global, skilled workforce in nanobiotechnology," said Jane den Hollander, VC, Deakin University.

TERI DG Ajay Mathur said that within five years, the Centre aims to have a number of researchers, including Ph.D. students, enrolled at Deakin.

"With its cutting edge technology at the disposal of these bright minds, this Centre will help India make a mark on the global map for building new capabilities and bringing new innovations in the field of science and technology," he said. The Researcher's Residences at TDNBC, having an accommodation for 50 residents, was also inaugurated by the Australian minister today.

Also read: 2,000 private schools supplied with NCERT books: Javadekar

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