The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Australiaâ€™s Deakin University signed a memorandum of understanding that will see student researchers from the Institute undertaking higher degrees by research through the Australian university.
Online PR News – 01-March-2012 – – New Delhi, 24 Feb, 2012: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and Australiaâ€™s Deakin University signed a memorandum of understanding that will see student researchers from the Institute undertaking higher degrees by research through the Australian university.
Although they will be largely based at the Instituteâ€™s laboratories in India under the day-to-day supervision of Institute staff, Deakin researchers will provide principal supervision and the researchers will spend up to six months at Deakin campuses in Australia under the direct supervision of Deakin supervisors.
The broad areas identified for undertaking the joint research programs are Materials, Automotive, Product Design, Information and Computer Technology, Microbiology and Cell Biology.
Twice named â€śUniversity of the Yearâ€ť, Deakin is one of Australiaâ€™s most progressive universities with around 40,000 students enrolled across four campuses in Victoria.
Its Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation (CMFI) is a research-intensive unit within the universityâ€™s Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (ITRI) and is the largest multi-disciplinary research group working on a range of materials.
The core expertise of Deakin Researchers lies in metals and light metals, fibres and fibrous materials, composites and polymers, bio and nano materials.
â€śWe were delighted to receive the highest rating band last year for our materials research in the Excellence in Research for Australia ratings,â€ť Deakin Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said.
â€śThis rating attests to our materials research being well above world standard,â€ť she said.
â€śResearch into light-weighting of materials in incredibly important as the world strives for a low carbon future,â€ť she said.
Established in 1909, The Indian Institute of Science has grown to become Indiaâ€™s premier centre for research and postgraduate education in science and engineering.
It offers a variety of Master's degree programs in Engineering, an integrated Ph.D (post-B.Sc.) program in Sciences and Ph.D. programs in a wide spectrum of disciplines in science and engineering.
The Institute has recently launched a four-year undergraduate program leading to a B.S. degree, with an opportunity for students to obtain a broad foundation in science, including an exposure to research.
The collaboration between Deakin and IISc is part of the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) which aims to develop research models that bridge the gap between academia and industry.
The Deakin India Research Initiative was commended earlier this year by Australiaâ€™s Tertiary Education Standards and Quality Agency following an audit of Deakinâ€™s operations completed last year.
The new research partnership will commence in 2012