IIT KGP and REDOC SPI (REseau DOCtoral en Sciences Pour l’Ingénieur), a French network of doctoral schools have come together to strengthen institutional collaboration in doctoral education and research. Through this initiative, interaction and collaboration will be promoted between IIT KGP and the doctoral schools (or equivalent structures) of REDOC SPI through visits and exchange programmes, joint academic and research doctoral programmes and joint supervision of doctoral students on a reciprocal basis. An MoU to this effect has been signed on October 3, 2018 at Taj Bengal, Kolkata during the Choose France Tour event.
IIT KGP and REDOC SPI will launch dedicated sections on their websites to share and promote information and opportunities related to doctoral studies in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Under this collaboration outgoing mobility of PhD students will be encouraged on a reciprocal basis. Funding opportunities could be sought from Indo-French “Raman Charpak Fellowship” programme of IFCPAR/CEFIPRA, apart other funding programmes available in both countries.
“This is a really exciting partnership enabling engagement of our Institute with 27 Doctoral Schools throughout France. IITKGP and REDOC SPI may formulate joint academic and research activities such as short courses, seminars, workshops or conferences based on their mutual interests and available expertise. They may also share and carry out joint research in technology for distance and computer-based learning” said Prof. Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean, International Relations and coordinator of the collaborative initiative at IIT KGP.
Prof. Hubert ROMAT, Director International Relations shall be the Coordinator from REDOC SPI. REDOC SPI is the only Network of French Doctoral Schools in the field of Physical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. “We are really happy to have this association with IIT Kharagpur and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with the talented faculty members of this iconic Institute of India,” said Prof. Hubert Romat, the Director for International Relations of REDOC-SPI.
“The relationship also aims at enhancing the technological, social and cultural relations of both countries/states/regions. It includes some specifically identified areas of cooperation, which may be updated from time to time” added Prof. Bhattacharya.