State-owned Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to support a minimum of 5 outstanding Indian students per year for doctoral research in identified areas of science, engineering and mathematics at CMU.
This was said by the Minister of State for Science & Technology Y.S.Chaowdary in a reply to Lok Sabha Question in the Parliament.
SERB, through the MoU, proposed to spend 2.4 million dollars and CMU will spend at least 5 million dollars on Indian students, who will be selected during 2016-17 to 2020-21.
Chaowdary said that this Overseas Doctoral Fellowship programme is aimed to build national capacity where the talent supply of researchers in areas of interest to the country is sub-critical.
The Program in the long run will create critical mass of performing scientists in niche areas where there is shortage of scientists in the country. The country can also utilize the expertise gained by these young scientists to strengthen/initiate national programmes in the domain knowledge of interest to the country.
The Board has also signed MoU with other top ranking institutions like Cambridge University, Stanford University etc. to build expertise in other areas of interest to our country, he added.