The IITB-Monash Research Academy in Mumbai has accepted its second batch of PhD students after a highly competitive and exhaustive application process.
The Academy was launched last year when Monash University, which has campuses in Australia, South Africa and Malaysia, and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) joined forces in a Rs.40 crore /A$10 million research partnership.
The institute builds on the combined strengths of Monash University and IITB and aims to create a community of academics and students engaged in finding solutions for key issues confronting Australia, India and the rest of the world.
Acting CEO Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy said there was already strong demand for study at the Academy. An astounding 1500 applications were received from a single newspaper advertisement.
Of the 250 invited to submit a detailed application, 90 were interviewed and 22 were selected.
The Academy currently has 36 research students, working in disciplines ranging from computational science and engineering to biotechnology.
The Academy's new four-level, purpose-built premises will be located on IITB's Mumbai campus and is expected to be ready for occupation early in 2011.
Officials recently released plans for the new building that will utilise state-of-the-art research collaboration technology.
Visit the IITB-Monash Research Academy website.