Through this initiative, interaction and collaboration will be promoted between the IIT KGP and the REDOC SPI through visits and exchange programmes, joint academic and research doctoral programmes and joint supervision of doctoral students on a reciprocal basis, an IIT KGP statement said here on Saturday.
An MoU to this effect was signed on October 3, 2018 in Kolkata during the 'Choose France Tour' event.
As per the initiative, IIT KGP and REDOC SPI will launch dedicated sections on their websites to share and promote information and opportunities related to doctoral studies in electrical and mechanical engineering.
Funding opportunities could be sought from Indo-French 'Raman Charpak Fellowship' programme of IFCPAR/CEFIPRA, apart from other funding programmes available in both countries.
"This is an exciting partnership enabling engagement of our Institute with 27 doctoral schools throughout France," said Prof Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Coordinator of the collaborative initiative of IIT KGP.
He said, IITKGP and REDOC SPI might formulate joint academic and research activities such as short courses, seminars, workshops or conferences based on their mutual interests and available expertise.
"They may also share and carry out joint research in technology for distance and computer-based learning," he said.
Prof Hubert Romat, Director International Relations, will be the coordinator of REDOC SPI.
REDOC SPI is the only Network of French Doctoral Schools in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering among others.
"We are really happy to have this association with IIT Kharagpur and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with the talented faculty members of this iconic Institute of India," Romat was quoted to have said in the statement.
"The relationship also aims at enhancing the technological, social and cultural relations of both countries/states/regions. It includes some specifically identified areas of cooperation, which may be updated from time to time" Bhattacharya said in the statement.
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