$3 million Melbourne-India scholarship launched

A new million-dollar scholarship will now provide researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Australia and India with top-notch guidance and academic support. The $3 million Melbourne-India postgraduate programme will link Melbourne University with Indian Institute of Science Bangalore and the Indian Institutes of Technology of Kanpur and Madras.

Sixteen PhD scholarships will be provided over the next three years under this programme launched at Australia Innovation Showcase on Monday.

The event brings the largest ever group of Australian researchers and academics from Melbourne University, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Deakin University, Monash University and University of Wollongong, among others, here to demonstrate the southern nation’s research, innovation and technological credentials before leading Indian industry figures.

MU vice-chancellor professor Glyn Davis said the new programme is a valuable addition to the university’s extensive scholarship offering. “By enabling students from India and Australia to undertake joint research of highest quality, we are confident the programme will address shared global challenges in areas of environmental, societal and technological need… Beyond this, we are excited that the programme will give students the opportunity to contribute to the development of education, cultural and industry links between both countries,” he said.

The programme will officially commence from 2014 and will be open to PhD students enrolled at MU, to be co-supervised by faculty of IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras or IISc. Alternatively, students enrolled in any one of the three Indian institutions will have access to co-supervision by MU academics.

Director of IIT-K professor Indranil Manna said the initiative would bring the world’s leading institutions together. “The faculty at IIT Kanpur has always advocated and encouraged inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration and cooperation in all areas of mutual interest in science and engineering. Such programmes not only contribute to diversity on campus but also help build bridges across geographical borders,” professor Manna said.

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