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IIT-B, French firm Thales to launch fellowship scheme

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

French aerospace company Thales today entered into a tie-up with the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for a fellowship program.

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a jointly supervised Bombay-CNRS PhD fellowship scheme starting July 2016, a statement here said.

It is intended to increase the Indo-French scientific collaboration including cross-cooperation between laboratories and research and development for industrial applications, it said.

Under the scheme, students will have a PhD supervisor in and a co-supervisor in France and can work in fields such as advanced electronics and electromagnetics or complex system engineering.

IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar said the partnership will ensure that institute's top students get access to French technologies and advanced industrial environments to carry out research.

"Promoting R and D as a way of fostering economic development is of mutual interest to both Thales and Bombay, making this a preferred collaboration," the chairman and chief executive of Thales Patrice Caine said.

Thales already has joint projects with 50 universities worldwide.

First Published: Mon, January 25 2016. 23:28 IST