A delegation of academicians, led by Professor K K Pant and Professor Nomesh B Bolia from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) are in Brunei, to promote the prestigious ASEAN PhD Fellowship Programme and to explore collaboration, joint research and corresponding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for IIT Delhi.
Other members of the delegation are Professor Nitya Nanad Gosvami from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Professor Arnab Chanda from the Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME) IIT Delhi.
The delegation during a visit to Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on Thursday, met with the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Director of Global Relations and Faculty from Technology Department and discussed the previous MoUs.
The IIT Delhi delegation also met with the Director of International and Public Relations at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and discussed the research opportunities for Brunei students at IITs.
The delegation then met Head of the Scholarship Section at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Julaihi bin Mohamad, and higher education and international affairs officers to discuss the opportunities and initiatives taken by the Indian Government for ASEAN member countries.
They also discussed the higher education scenario in both countries and how they can collaborate for a mutually beneficial arrangement.
The delegation also met Director of Public Relation and International Centre of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) Haji Sammali bin Haji Adam and discussed the ASEAN Fellowship Programme and IIT Delhi.
On January 25, 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 1,000 government funded fellowships exclusively for ASEAN citizens to pursue PhD programmes at the internationally renowned IIT Delhi. According to the External Affairs Minister of India the programme launched in September 2019, is the largest capacity development programme undertaken by the Government of India for foreign beneficiaries.
IIT Delhi, an institution renowned for its research, innovation and startups, is chosen as the coordinator institution for the ASEAN Fellowship Programme with Professor Bolia as the National Coordinator.