Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has signed a joint doctoral programme agreement with Curtin University, in an attempt to broaden and strengthen research links with Australia.
Dean for the faculty of Science and Engineering, Syed Islam of Curtin Univeristy, said that the new programme would strengthen engineering and management related activities across the two institutes. “It will help students gain perspective of both cultures as they will be exposed to different cultures. This collaboration is being undertaken to help achieve the vision of the University through research,” he said, as reported by TOI.
IIT Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said that they expect an increased intake of PhD students through such programmes. He said that the PhD intake in IIT-M had increased from approximately 200 students to 500 students over the last few years. He added that this agreement would encourage joint supervision over projects from both institutes.
Curtin University and IIT Madras already share an MoU and a student exchange agreement in Ocean engineering. The university will also send a group of engineering students for a semester, which will be funded by the New Colombo Plan. The New Colombo Plan is an initiative under the Australian government to encourage students to study abroad