MoU signed between Thales and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Thales and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a jointly supervised IISc – CNRS PhD fellowship scheme scheduled to start at the end of 2015.
In the first edition of this new programme, up to 4 fellowships from India will be funded. The students benefitting from these Jointly Supervised PhD fellowships, will have a PhD supervisor in India and a co-supervisor in France (from one of the identified CNRS laboratories). A joint degree option between IISc and French Institutions will be explored in the future.
The Consul General of France, Mr François Gautier, attended this event and was very happy to witness the signing of a new collaboration between IISc and the French Company, Thales, which is very well known internationally for the design and production of technologically innovative systems in the fields of aerospace, defense, transportation and security.
India and France share a long-standing and very fruitful cooperation in science and technology. It is a cooperation between equals, which is attested by the high quality of the collaborative work between the scientists of both countries.
Prof. Dr. Jayant Modak, Deputy Director, IISC, Bangalore, said,“Indian Institute of Science is happy to initiate PhD Student Fellowship Program with Thales which brings together researchers from IISc, Thales and CNRS to carry out cutting edge research. I hope this program acts as a catalyst for a long-term mutually beneficial research collaboration between our organisations.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Antoine Caput, VP & Country Director–India, Thales, said, “We are proud to associate with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to facilitate and promote research and development (R&D) in India. This partnership reinforces our commitment to the country and takes us a step closer towards strengthening our relationship with the Indian academic community. Through this significant MoU, we look forward to contribute to the Indian government’s mission of skilling and up-skilling people, and its focus on enhancing the R&D fields in India.”