India has been focussing on educational and research collaboration with ASEAN member countries, and some academic staff of the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) are already co-investigators with Indian counterparts in ASEAN-India research collaboration projects.
This was disclosed by Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) of UTB Professor Dr Mohammed Hasnain Isa in his welcoming speech at an educational talk at the UTB Lecture Theatre yesterday.
He said that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are India’s premier higher education institutes, and with a populous country like India, the competition for students to find a place in the IITs is fierce.
“This is an excellent opportunity for ASEAN researchers to work in top rank institutes with some of the best brains in India,” he said.
The educational talk was conducted by the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.
Counsellor at the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam Ravi Chandar delivered his welcome speech.
Associate Professor Dr Sachin Gunthe and Kavitha Rudrappa of International Relations from IIT Madras, Chennai introduced India’s foremost technical education centres, the IITs.
The talk shared that India is offering 1,000 fellowships to scholars from ASEAN member countries including universities in Brunei for pursuing integrated PhD programmes at any of the 23 IITs in India including IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, IIT Ropar, IIT Bhubaneswar, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Jodhpur, IIT Patna, IIT Indore, IIT Mandi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, IIT Palakkad, IIT Tirupati, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, IIT Bhilai, IIT Goa, IIT Jammu, IIT Dharwad and IIT Madras.
The fellowship programme is funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, and the funding covers the entire cost of study and living expenses for up to five years of their PhD programme.
The talk aimed to share information on the fellowship programmes and meet with eligible students in Brunei.
The programme is exclusively for aspirants from ASEAN member countries including Brunei.
The programme, launched on September, was announced by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during the Commemorative Summit in New Delhi to mark 25 years of ASEAN-India Partnership in January 2018.