IIT Madras has successfully signed an agreement for the joint doctoral program with Curtin University which will also help IIT Madras to expand and nourish their research links with Australia.
Syed Islam, Dean international for faculty of Science and Engineering from Curtin University stated that this agreement will be beneficial for management and engineering related activities between the two organizations. Syed Islam further said that this bond will aid students to obtain perspective of two different countries, as they will be subjected to different cultures and that this agreement is being made to support and attain the vision of the university via research.
Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director of IIT Madras stated that they are expecting the number of admissions for PhD students to rise after the agreement with Curtin University. He also mentioned that the number of students for PhD in IIT-M has escalated from approximately 200 to 500 students in the last few years. Bhaskar Ramamurthi believes that this bond between IIT-M and Curtin University can encourage collaborative supervision regarding projects.
Brett Kirk, associate deputy vice chancellor from Curtin University who himself signed the agreement with Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director of IIT-M said that the key for successful end results through research is collaborating with universities and institutes across the world and that India has always been a constant and fruitful partner.
The joint program is also expected to enhance the quality of students who opt for doctoral courses, as interested students will have to meet the admission criteria of both the universities. The entry requirements include honors degree in undergraduate level, degree in masters and published research papers.
A MoU and a student exchange agreement have already been signed between Curtin University and IIT Madras. Syed Islam also mentioned that Curtin University is further planning to build the infrastructure aggressively in the research department and get better in the core areas of engineering, management, energy and health.
A group of engineering students will also be sent by Curtin University for one semester under the New Colombo Plan, a beneficial initiative from the Australian Government. The plan encourages students to study abroad.
Andris Stelbovics, pro-vice chancellor from Curtin University further expressed that the university wishes to encourage a large number of students under undergraduate program from their University to India for training in industries in various companies