French multinational company, Thales group and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) have joined hands to introduce Ph.D fellowship in coordination with CNRS during their recent visit to the country. Thales Group already has various such jointly supervised Ph.Ds running in the country with Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc), IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay. The MoU between IIT Madras and Thales Group took place in the presences of Prakash Javadekar Union HRD Minister, and Frédérique Vidal Minister of Higher Education at the Knowledge Summit.
Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, Vice President, and Country Director, Thales Group in India stated that they are very excited about their new venture whose main focus is on research and engineering. He also said that their main objective is to foster a strong Indo-French research ecosystem and they also look forward to supporting Skill India initiative.
The students selected for the jointly supervised Ph.D. fellowships will be provided with an Indian mentor/supervisor and a French co-mentor. This initiative will provide the IIT Madras with wonderful opportunities to strive in the research projects in France in the areas such as data management system, electronics system, modelling and simulation, complex system engineering among others.
Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi, IIT Madras Director said that the MoU between IIT Madras and Thales Group is of great value to the institute. As it will provide students with access to world-class research programme and environment. Not only this they will also get to learn from renowned and the world-class researchers.
Dr. Srinivas Kaveri, Director, CNRS in India, said, ''Partnerships like these help strengthen Indo-French relations, promote cultural diversity and enable sharing of ideas between Indian and French researchers. This unique programme will bring together shared minds to foster innovations and technologies for tomorrow.'' Thale Group comes in the list of 100 most innovative companies by Clarivate Analytics. Thales Group is known for such join projects as they have agreements with more than 50 prestigious universities of the world.