IIT-Kharagpur has launched a joint Ph.D. program with Auckland University of New Zealand first of its kind between the two countries to strengthen the economic and research ties between the two countries, an official of the institute said on Wednesday.
The admission of students to the joint Ph.D. program will begin in the autumn of next year. It will initially focus on engineering but is open to all other subject areas. The joint doctoral student will pursue their research under the supervision of academics in both institutions and will split their time between the two campuses, said a statement from IIT Kharagpur.
Candidates will have access to opportunities, both related to research and to their professional growth, in both the institutes, the official said.A single thesis will be submitted at the end of the PhD which will be examined by both the institutes. If accepted by both, the research scholar will be awarded testamur bearing the seals of IIT-Kharagpur and the University of Auckland, he said.
Speaking on the Joint Ph.D. program, Professor Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, IIT Kharagpur Director said, "We take immense pride in initiating this joint Ph.D. program with New Zealand's top university. The scope of collaborations between the two institutions is vast and we will provide all necessary support to take our relationship to greater heights. Some of the research areas identified for collaboration include advanced manufacturing, cyber-physical security, and advanced materials, as well as affordable healthcare and intelligent transportation technologies."
University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart McCutcheon said, "This historic agreement recognizes the importance of top institutions engaging internationally. India is of tremendous economic importance to New Zealand. This is an opportunity to enhance research outputs at both institutions and will also provide enriched learning for Ph.D. students."
University of Auckland has been ranked 83 by QS World University Ranking is New Zealand's highest-ranked university.