University strengthens research links with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

November 14 / 149

Back Row L to R: Prof Rao Kotagiri, Department of Computing and Information Systems, Prof Sue Elliott (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Prof Saman Halgamuge (Director Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program), PhD student Prathap Chandran, A/Prof Udaya Parampalli, Department of Computing and Information Systems and Prof Doreen Thomas, Associate Dean Research, Melbourne School of Engineering. Front Row L-R: Professor Indranil Manna, Director IIT Kanpur and Prof Margaret Shiel, Provost.
Back Row L to R: Prof Rao Kotagiri, Department of Computing and Information Systems, Prof Sue Elliott (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Prof Saman Halgamuge (Director Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program), PhD student Prathap Chandran, A/Prof Udaya Parampalli, Department of Computing and Information Systems and Prof Doreen Thomas, Associate Dean Research, Melbourne School of Engineering. Front Row L-R: Professor Indranil Manna, Director IIT Kanpur and Prof Margaret Shiel, Provost.

The University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), to strengthen collaborative research in science, technology and the environment.

The agreement builds on the Melbourne-India Postgraduate Program (MIPP), which links the University with some of the leading Indian research institutes, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, the Institute of Technology Kharagpur, the Institute of Technology Madras and IIT Kanpur

MIPP is contributing $3 million (AUD) toward 16 PhD scholarships and associated support for research exchanges over the next three years. 

The director of the program, Professor Saman Halgamuge, said the agreement with ITT Kanpur means the next generation of Australian and Indian researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs will have access to the best research and training opportunities available in both countries.

“IIT Kanpur is one of India’s oldest and most preeminent technological research institutions,” he said.

“The Indian government has declared it an Institute of National Importance for its development of highly skilled engineering, science and mathematics professionals.

“Indian Prime Minister Modi chose the Director of IIT Kanpur, Professor Indranil Manna, to accompany him in his recent tour of Australia. 

“We were honoured to meet with Professor Manna and strengthen our existing relationship.”

The University faculties participating in the MOU are Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

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