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Victoria-India Doctoral scholarships

Louise Asher MP, minister for innovation, services and small business, minister for tourism and major events, Victoria, Australia, tells Aaditi Isaac how Indian students can avail of a range of scholarships

What brings you to India?

I am representing the Victorian governments Super Trade Mission, the largest-ever trade mission from Australia, that includes more than 270 delegates from over 200 organisations including vice-chancellors, CEOs and other senior representatives from Victorian public universities and technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, as well as from the private education sector. Creating greater collaborative opportunities to strengthen mutual education and research is the focus of our current mission to India.

Could you elaborate on the Victoria-India Doctoral Scholarships?

The Victoria-India Doctoral scholarships are administered by the Australia India Institute on behalf of the Victorian Government. Each scholarship is worth $90, 000, over three years, for doctoral research. The mission, while in Delhi on February 21, delivered seven of 10 Victoria-India Doctoral scholarships to top scholars in India for their PhD courses in any one of the universities at Victoria, starting 2012. Research topics include diabetes prevention, novel means of drug delivery, etc. The scholarships are offered in partnership with Victorias universities and offer an attractive new incentive for India’s high-caliber students to come to Victoria to pursue doctoral studies. Also, we have announced 10 more scholarships for the commencement of study in 2013.

50 years of teaching

Traditionally, the UK has been a favourite choice for Indian students. A country with a legacy of the world’s finest writers, poets and academics, Indian students still find the UK to be a coveted academic destination. Celebration of academic feats is also part of its academic culture. For instance, Sussex University is celebrating its 50anniversary this year. While it boasts of three Nobel Prize winners in the sciences, the university believes in offering a stimulating learning environment to its students.

Apart from the departments of science, engineering and management, the university is known for its other departments like global studies, social work and development studies.

Courses offered:

International management, marketing, finance, mechanical, electronics, automotive, computer sciences & IT, software engineering, biotechnology, genetics, neuroscience, economics, development studies, international relations, psychology, law, English literature, sociology, human rights, migration, anthropology and climate change, among others. Chancellor’s scholarships of 3, 000 are available in engineering, law, social sciences and management. Economics and social development scholarships to the tune of 5, 000 are on offer for a select number of high achievers.

Sussex India office will showcase various courses and offer free advice to students on application process, subject selection and visa briefing on February 28, 29 and March 1, 2012 at Sussex India (Delhi) office (1123, Hemkunt Chambers, 11Floor, Nehru Place, New Delhi – 110019) between 10am and 6pm. A prior appointment is advisable. For details, call the zonal coordinator at 9911798498, 011-46585348.

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