The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur and the University of Manchester have launched a dual award PhD programme. As part of the course, students will be jointly recruited and spend time in both Manchester and Kharagpur. The researchers will focus on areas including environmental geochemistry, biomaterials, and Industry 4.0.
The programme will be launched in July this year. Candidates who have graduated from IITs and IISc will be eligible to apply in the initial phase. It can be extended to students from other institutes in the coming years. Students will have to spend their first year in Kolkata thereafter the time will be split between the two institutes.
Faculty members from the two institutions will jointly define projects which are approved by a Joint Progamme Board. The successful doctoral candidates will receive a degree from both institutions.
IIT-Kharagpur has previously collaborated with universities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, to offer similar courses, however, this is the first time that IIT-Kharagpur has decided to offer a programme in collaboration with a British University, an official statement said.
Professor Stephen Flint, Associate Vice-President International, the University of Manchester, said the dual PhD with IIT Kharagpur is testament to “the university’s strategic ambitions to build world-class research links with India and to encourage more student mobility between the two regions.”
Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya, former dean, international relations at IIT-Kharagpur who was a part of setting up this programme was quoted as saying in the official statement, “This Dual Award PhD is a unique partnership made possible by the trust and respect we have developed over the years for each other’s research quality and academic standards. Starting from defining the doctoral project, selection and admission of the student, to supervision, thesis work and evaluation, and finally award of the degree, everything is jointly administered. I believe this programme will provide the template for equal partnership between IITs and top British universities in the future.”