IIT Ropar launches joint PhD with Australia’s Swinburne University of Technology
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The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne has entered into a Joint Ph.D programme agreement. The agreement was signed by the Director of IIT Ropar and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Development) of Swinburne University, Australia. This is the first joint degree programme of IIT Ropar and has been spearheaded by its Office of International Relations and the Office of Research.
As per the agreement, both parties have agreed to co-operate and collaborate in the enrolment and supervision of students in Joint PhD programme and would be conducted in the STEM research areas. According to this agreement, students from all areas of Science, Engineering & Technology can apply for Joint Ph.D programme. Prescribed number of candidates is 10 per year under this programme. The students will undertake alternate or sequential periods of research at Swinburne and Ropar. The schedule and length of these stays will depend upon the advances and evolution of their research, but in any case, up to 12 months of the candidature will be pursued in each of the institutions.
Similarly, students from Swinburne University will also be selected to research under IIT Ropar professors. Students selected from both the institutes will be given scholarships under which their research and international travel expenses will be covered.
The joint degree is the result of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two institutes. The MoU shall remain in force for a period of five years. It can be renewed thereafter in writing for successive five-year periods.
Both institutions seek to work together and carry out joint research and academic activities in a mutually beneficial way and to look for synergies across each other’s doctoral programmes.
IIT Ropar has embarked on an aggressive internationalization plan as per its Strategic plan. The institute is also exploring joint Masters’ programme with some of its partner universities and expect favorable outcome in the coming days.