IIIT-Delhi Begins Dual PhD with the University at Buffalo

IIIT-Delhi Begins Dual PhD with the University at Buffalo

IIIT-Delhi and the University at Buffalo had much to celebrate this month after the establishment of a ground-breaking joint PhD between the institutions.The goal of the IIITDelhi-UB collaboration is to developjoint international research in the field of computer science and to educate the next
generationof researchers. As per the MoU Signed between the two universities, participating students will study and conduct research in the field of Computer Science and allied areas.

A PhD student in the programme will spend approximately equal time at each institution.The PhD student will be jointly guided by supervisors from both institutions with the aim of obtaining PhD by satisfying the requirements and quality standards for the degree of each institution. Successful candidates will be eligible for a joint PhD award that names both institutions. The joint PhD student will be supported financially by a scholarship, stipend or grant from the institutions, or from a third party. The stipend will be commensurate with the standards followed in each institution. The student is responsible for travel and any living costs beyond those covered by the stipend provided. The student has access to funding for research costs from the laboratory in which the research is conducted. The student is responsible for paying any and all fees associated with registration while in residence at UB and at IIIT-Delhi.

‘IIIT-Delhi is a world-class university that delivers research of international stature. The new Joint Degree with University at Buffalo offers students the opportunity to work in two great universities, benefit from the brightest minds in India and USA. Students on this programme will also acquire experience of different research traditions and cultures which will enhance their employability even further” Said Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director IIIT-Delhi

‘It offers students the advantages of both universities’ superb research resources in different disciplines – including eminent scholars, state-of-the-art research facilities, and vigorous research cultures – and they can benefit from the synergistic collaboration between the two institutions’ added Mr. Satishh K Tripathi, President, University at Buffalo, SUNY

The student may enroll in courses at either institution and take exams as directed by each supervisor. The student must satisfy all degree requirements of both institutions including coursework and any required examinations. After having completed such requirements, and provided that the student successfully defends the dissertation, the student will receive the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at IIITD and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at UB.

IIIT-Delhi has been participating in collaborative degree programs since the beginning. This became a formal component of our research strategy in 2014 when we signed and MoU with Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for a collaborative PhD programme. The joint PhD programme was started to promote cooperative educational exchanges, in areas like Cryptography and Control Theory and Robotics.

IIIT-Delhi has always promoted the international exposure for the PhD scholars; the institute also has the Overseas Research Fellowship scheme, designed to provide an opportunity to PhD scholars to work with international researchers and to offer them with an exposure to future trends in technology. The ORF program arranges for six months’ financial support to a PhD scholar. TwentyPhD scholars at the institute have done their research fellowships and spent time at Singapore Management University, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, West Virginia University, University of Washington, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Recently The SarojiniDamodaran Foundation, founded by Mrs. and Mr. Shibulal has set up a grant to fund overseas research fellowships (ORF) to 60 PhD Scholars in IIIT-Delhi over the next 3 years. The fellowship will be used to enable PhD students to spend six months collaborating with academia or industry researchers overseas.

All our scholars had unique learning experiences during their stay overseas for fellowships or for joint PhD programs. All of them reported an incredibly enriching experience which helped them understand the global R&D scene better and also helped them realize that the work they are doing in their PhD is at par with their global peers. Most students expressed that the ORF allowed them to gain exposure to the research community abroad and broaden their perspectives not only professionally, but personally as well. We expect the same outcome from the IIITDelhi-UB partnership as well.