IISc partners with University of Manchester to launch India-UK Joint Doctoral Programme and seed fund

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the University of Manchester have entered into a partnership to launch a joint PhD programme.

The MoU formalising the partnership was signed earlier this month by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, and Captain Sridhar Warrier, Registrar, IISc. Also present at the event were Prof Stephen Flint, Associate Vice President for International and other internationalisation leads from the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health from the University of Manchester, and Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc, along with other IISc faculty members.

IISc and the University of Manchester already have ongoing research collaborations spanning diverse areas such as biomaterials, environmental science, advanced manufacturing, and AI/ML applications in agriculture and healthcare.<

As part of the joint PhD programme, students will be selected jointly at both institutes and will spend time in both Manchester and Bengaluru, benefiting from the expertise, facilities and infrastructure of two institutions. The partnership will be further strengthened by a Seed Fund that will support the incubation of new collaborations and projects between the two partner institutions.

The selected students will spend the first year at IISc, and the rest of the programme split between the University of Manchester and IISc according to the project requirements as determined by the supervisors and the Joint Programme Board. The students will be awarded a joint degree from both institutions, based on a single research experience managed cooperatively by both institutions.

This is IISc’s third joint doctoral programme launched with an international university, and the first with a European partner. For the University of Manchester, this follows the highly successful launch of similar dual PhD programmes with the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, University of Toronto, University of Melbourne, and the University of Chile. As a core component of its international strategy, the University of Manchester is entering into a small number of dual award PhD programmes with prestigious partner institutions around the world.

“We are delighted to enter into this joint PhD agreement with IISc, the leading science and technology University in India. Graduates from this programme will have the unique advantage of acquiring the best knowledge and skills offered by both these eminent institutions,” said Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-chancellor, University of Manchester.

Prof Govindan Rangajaran, Director, IISc, said, “Indian Institute of Science is pleased to partner with The University of Manchester for the joint PhD programme. Given multiple areas of mutual interest to both institutions, we are confident that this will be a very productive partnership that further strengthens our ties.”

The research Seed Fund will support staff and student exchange, workshops and other modes of engagement to facilitate the establishment of these projects and new collaborations. Initial areas of focus will include Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, Environmental Science and Advanced Materials.