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Carnegie-supported doctoral research for Indians

New Delhi — The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Government of India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to support a minimum of 5 outstanding Indian students per year for doctoral research in identified areas of science, engineering and mathematics at CMU.

The SERB has, through the MoU, proposed to spend $2.4 million and CMU will spend at least $5 million on Indian students who will be selected in the period between 2016-17 and 2020-21.

This overseas doctoral fellowship programme is aimed to build national capacity where the talent supply of researchers in areas of interest to the country is sub-critical.

Hamerschlag Hall is one of the main teaching facilities of the Carnegie Institute of Technology
This is Hamerschlag Hall, one of the main teaching facilities of the Carnegie Institute of Technology

The programme in the long run will create critical mass of performing scientists in niche areas where there is shortage of scientists in the country.

India can also utilize the expertise gained by these young scientists to strengthen and initiate national programmes in the domain knowledge of interest to the country. The board has also signed MoUs with other top ranking institutions like Cambridge University, Stanford University etc to build expertise in other areas of interest to our country.

Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences YS Chaowdary shared the information above in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question today.

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