1.1 million Australian dollar scholarship to Indian research students

The Australian Government has awarded 1.1 million Australian dollar scholarship to 11 Indian students in form of tuition fee waiver for a three-year course. Education and Training Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, Australian Government, made the announcement during a visit to the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC) in Gurugram.

“The TERI Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre facility is not incredible because we are commissioning bricks and mortar, it’s incredible because of the brains, the students, the knowledge that is embedded within the facility, and the potential that they (students) are going to realise in so many different ways,” Birmingham said.

The scholarships have been awarded to the PhD students engaged in research programmes at the TDNBC, Gurugram. The students are currently enrolled at Deakin University under the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), launched in 2009. DIRI builds on Deakin University’s world-leading expertise in material sciences, nanotechnology and biotechnology.

Under the initiative, Deakin University will facilitate each student to get a full tuition fee waiver of around 1,00,000 Australian dollar for a period of three years. During this period, the students will travel to the university for six to eight months to work closely with their Deakin supervisor.

Professor Jane den Hollander, AO, VC Deakin University said, “The three-year scholarship programme is predominantly designed to equip the best of the talent with advanced research facilities. Under this programme, Deakin University and TERI will provide joint supervision to the students. TDNBC envisions meeting the demand for a global, skilled workforce in nanobiotechnology.”

Dr Ajay Mathur, director general, TERI, said, “Within five years, the centre aims to have a number of researchers, including PhD students, enrolled at Deakin. With its cutting edge technology at the disposal of these bright minds, this centre will help India make a mark on the global map for building new capabilities and bringing new innovations in the field of science and technology.”

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