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Jaishankar, Pokhriyal launch 1000 Ph.D. fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs
New Delhi, September 17, 2019
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' formally launched a programme offering 1000 Integrated Ph.D. fellowships to students from ASEAN countries at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) here on Monday.
The fellowships had been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi.
The Ambassadors or High Commissioners of all ten ASEAN Member States in New Delhi, senior officials of the Ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development, Directors or representatives of all 23 IITs, the CEO of NITI Aayog and the chairpersons of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) were also present at the ceremony.
IIT Delhi has been designated as the coordinating IIT for the fellowship programme. It has developed a web portal (http://asean.iitd.ac.in) to administer the application and admission process. ASEAN students can log in to the portal to apply for PhD programmes of their choice at various IITs, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
The first batch of the ASEAN students will be admitted in January 2020. Admissions under the programme will be staggered over three academic years i.e. 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. MHRD will provide scholarships to ASEAN students at par with Indian PhD scholars, along with a yearly research grant, as applicable. IITs will make a small provision to cover living expenses of selected students from their own budgetary resources.
The fellowship programme at a total budget outlay of INR 300 crore (approximately USD 45 million) is the single-largest capacity development initiative of India in its partnership with ASEAN, the release added.
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