The Government of India will launch a programme commencing from Sepember 16, 2019, that will allow and offer 1,000 PhD fellowships to students of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the Institute of Information Techonology (IITs) in India. External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal will jointly inaugurate the programme.
Head of missions of ASEAN countries, senior officials of ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development, Directors of all 23 IITs, Chairman of UGC and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog would attend the event.
IIT Delhi has already been accorded the status of Institution of Eminence and the decision by the government to start the PhD programme for students of ASEAN countries comes with the motive to “encourage the best talent from across the world to join its PhD programme.
Speaking about the International PhD Fellowship Programme (IPFP), Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said: “Having meritorious PhD students coming to IIT Delhi from all over the world (as part of the programme ) and will not only enhance the quality of research happening at IIT Delhi but will also help India develop its soft power across the world. The cultural diversity that will happen because of this step will go a long way in generating new research ideas.”
The admission portal for this programme is being executed by IIT Delhi.The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam.