RMIT has hosted a delegation of scientists from collaborative research partner, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT).
RMIT University and the IICT Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have been collaborating since the establishment of the IICT-RMIT Joint Research Centre in Hyderabad in February, 2011.
Professor Suresh Bhargava, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (International) within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, hosted the delegation’s recent visit.
Professor Bhargava said the IICT-RMIT Joint Research Centre had made excellent progress, with 21 RMIT PhD students enrolled including seven who had started to arrive in Melbourne to complete the final stages of their doctorates.
"The final 10 students for the current program have been enrolled and it is anticipated that the IICT-RMIT Joint Research Centre will progress to a jointly-badged degree in future with the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)," he said.
"This will allow the program to expand to more of the 39 institutions of CSIR and across a broader range of schools and colleges within RMIT."
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, welcomed the delegates at a dinner held in honour of Dr M Lakshmi Kantam, Director IICT (CSIR) and Joint Director of the IICT-RMIT Joint Research Centre.
Professor Gardner said it was critical for RMIT to continue to develop, foster and grow relationships and initiatives with institutions such as the IICT.
"The academic exchange between IICT and RMIT has resulted in some profound and positive outcomes, with several successful grant applications including one ARC Discovery grant, an AISRF fellowship, and more than 28 papers published to date," she said.
"I look forward with anticipation to seeing the results of the future jointly badged program with AcSIR and our continued collaboration through the IICT-RMIT Joint Research Centre – our headquarters for RMIT research activities in India."
Delegates visiting Melbourne participated in activities including a research training symposium, the RMIT-IICT (CSIR) Joint Workshop, Technology Enabled Active Learning interactive workshop and a visit to the CSIRO laboratories in Clayton.
The activities were designed to strengthen and extend the existing relationship between RMIT and other CSIR institutes and to broaden the reach across the University and CSIRO.
The program featured plenary speakers Dr Kantam (Director, CSIR-IICT), Professor Robin Batterham AO (former president at the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering) and Dr Calum Drummond (RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President).
The plenaries were supported by presentations from highly regarded scientists and joint supervisors of RMIT PhD students from IICT, Hyderabad and RMIT.
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