Three more of India’s brightest students will work on their PhD studies at a Victorian institution thanks to the 2014 Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships (VIDS) program.
Minister for Employment and Trade, Louise Asher made the announcement while on a Victorian Government Super Trade Mission to India.
“The scholarship program showcases Melbourne’s world-leading research institutions and infrastructure and provides Indian doctoral student with access to outstanding research facilities,” Ms Asher said.
The scholarships valued at $90,000 each, give Indian doctoral students the opportunity to work with top Victorian researchers and supervisors, use cutting edge research facilities, and enjoy a welcoming lifestyle in a cosmopolitan community.
The announcement reaffirms the Victoria Coalition Government’s continued commitment to the Victoria India scholarships initiative and to the building of strong international ties.
The Doctoral Scholarships program, now in its third year, is funded by the Victorian Government and managed by the Australia India Institute. The program allows India and Victoria to share knowledge and best practices, drive new research and help equip students with the skills needed for future innovation and economic growth.
Ms Asher said the scholarships increase Victoria’s knowledge capital and enhance relations between India and Victoria by attracting excellent Indian students to complete doctoral studies with a full fee waiver by the host Victorian university.
“This takes us to a total of 23 Indian scholars who have been honoured under the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships initiative” Ms Asher said, adding that recent data shows Melbourne is the leading Australian destination for Indian students, with around 45 per cent of all Indian students in Australia studying in Victoria.
The three recipients of the 2014 Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships are:
· Ms Sneha Sant, University of Melbourne. Research Title: “Generation of Effective “Universal” Immunity Towards Seasonal and Pandemic Influenza Viruses”
· Ms Neha Rathi, Deakin University. Research Title: “Development of Healthy Eating Among Children in the Age Group 13-18 Years Belonging to Lower Socio-Economic Status Residing in India”
· Mr. Shadabul Haque, Monash University. Research Title “Evaluating the Absorption and Clearance Mechanisms for Inhaled Nanomedicines – Implications in Pulmonary Toxicity and Therapy”