France’s Thales Group and IIT Madras sign MoU

Thales and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a jointly supervised Ph.D. fellowship programme in coordination with CNRS. Thales and IIT Madras look forward to strengthening Indo-French scientific collaboration while contributing towards the development of highly specialized technical skills in India. The MoU exchange ceremony took place in the presence of Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and H.E. Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Government of France, at The Knowledge Summit.

Thales already has similar agreements for jointly supervised PhDs with prestigious institutions like Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi. These agreements underline Thales’ research focus and collaborations with academia to create technologies for smarter and faster decision making for problem-solving in complex situations.

“We greatly value this partnership with Thales as our students will benefit from access to world-class research environments and guidance from highly capable academics and researchers. It is these partnerships which not only help develop technologies for tomorrow but also bring industry and academia closer. IIT Madras has earlier entered into joint Ph.D. degree agreements with the University of Bordeaux and École Centrale de Nantes in France. This partnership with Thales will facilitate these collaborative research programs.” – Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.

The students selected for the jointly supervised Ph.D. fellowships will have an Indian supervisor and a French co-supervisor (from one of the identified CNRS laboratories). Selected students from IIT Madras will have the opportunity to conduct a part of their research projects in France in areas like electromagnetism and antennas simulation and modelling, airborne complex system engineering, Artificial Intelligence and data management systems, and advanced electronics systems and nanotechnologies.

Source – Press Release

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