The Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) has united with 5 universities belonging to different countries of the Globe – France, Canada, China, UK, and Israel to make a group effort in research area by bringing out joint Ph. D Programmes.
It took more than a year for Indian varsity to negotiate with Universite de Technologie de Troyes in France, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo in Canada, University of Liverpool in UK and National Tsing Hua University in China. Now, they all have joined hands with IIT-Madras to offer joint PhD programmes.
Lih J Chen, president of National Tsing Hua University stated the agreement with IIT-M as a watersShed moment for the Chinese varsity. He added that research of the highest quality need to be carried out and the work can no longer be only an 'in-house' affair.
R Nagarajan, IIT-M dean of international & alumni relations, told about their agenda, that a simple 4-stage process will be followed by IIT-M started with faculty collaboration, followed by student exchanges programmes which will lead to co-supervision and ultimately conclude in a joint degree programme.