The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has signed an agreement with the French Defence major Thales under which the two of them would jointly supervise a doctoral fellowship scheme. This will initiate at the end of this year. This MoU is expected to boost industry research and establish strong inter-academic connections amongst the Indian and French laboratories.
According to Antonie Caput, VP & Country Director, India, Thales, “We are proud to associate with IISc, Bangalore, to facilitate and promote research and development (R& D) in India. Though this significant MoU, we look forward to contribute to the Indian government’s mission of skilling and up-skilling people, and its focus on enhancing the R& D fields in India.”
In the first phase of this newly launched programme, funding for four IISc-CNRS fellowships will be done by the French body Thales and IISC jointly. Centre national de la recherché scientifique or French National Centre for Scientific Research is a governmental research organization that works in France. The candidates who would be benefiting from this programme and receive the supervised fellowships would get PhD supervisor in India and a co-supervisor would be provided from France. The co-supervisor would be from identified CNRS laboratories.
Among these two Indian and French institutions a joint Degree programme will be thought in future. The collaboration is expected to bring overall academic excellence in both the institutes through their research and development expertise in the concerned field of study.