MoU Signed Between Thales and IISc, Bangalore

Nidhi Bahl updated on : 03 Nov 2015

Thales and IISc propose to set up a fellowship scheme for PhD students registered at IISc


Thales and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore 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 order to develop and strengthen Indo-French scientific cooperation through close collaborations between Indian and French laboratories, and to boost industrial research by strong inter-connections with academic institutions, Thales and IISc propose to set up a fellowship scheme for PhD students registered at IISc.

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.”

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.

Areas of interest to Thales such as advanced electronics and electromagnetics or complex system engineering in which expertise exists at IISc will be considered. 

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.”

The proposed scheme for these PhD fellowships involves IISc, selected research institutes in France, Thales in India and France. This fellowship program is dedicated to highly qualified students registered with IISc providing them with an excellent opportunity to carry out a part of their research project in France as well as in India, and to establish professional relationships and experience cultural diversity.

Dr. Srini Kaveri, Director, CNRS in India, said, “The Thales PhD Fellowship Programme for IISc students is a historical moment in the Indo-French scientific relations. This programme will allow a one-of-a-kind of training for the students who will benefit from the expertise of the participating laboratories and universities and an exposure to the industrial atmosphere during formative years.”

Mr. Antoine Caput added, “Collaborating with the world's most dynamic universities is a key aspect of innovation at Thales. We are developing common projects with over 50 prestigious universities and research laboratories in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and throughout Asia. I am proud that India is joining the group of International experts thanks to IISc’s promising talents.”

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

About IISc Bangalore

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was founded in 1909 as a result of the joint efforts of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Government of India, and the Maharaja of Mysore. In 1886, Jamsetji Tata conceived of a university of science that will work for the benefit of India, and in 1898 created an endowment for establishing such an institution. The Government of India then took up the effort, and, in consultation with scientists in England and in India, decided to locate the Institute in Bangalore, where the Maharaja of Mysore, Shri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, donated 372 acres of land. The Institute was formally vested in 1909, the foundation stone was laid in 1911, and the first batch of students started their studies in the same year.

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