07 March 2012
Victoria India scholarship winner to join RMIT
One of India's top research students will join RMIT University after being awarded a PhD scholarship through the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship scheme.
Scholarship winner Abishek Suresh with RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO.
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Abishek Suresh will be supported by the $90,000 scholarship to pursue research in computational design of neuroactive peptides, an area with great potential to shed light on the unknown capabilities of the human brain.
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Director of the Australia India Institute, Professor Amitabh Mattoo, recently awarded the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarships to leading Indian PhD students in New Delhi.
Mr Suresh, who will join the School of Applied Sciences and will be supervised by Dr Andrew Hung, was one of 10 students awarded scholarships to pursue their doctoral studies in Victoria.
Professor Andrew Smith, Dean of the School of Applied Sciences, said his research would complement the leading-edge work conducted in the physics discipline.
"These are prestigious scholarships which have attracted applications from some of India's brightest scholars, and we are grateful to the Victorian Government for their support in funding this scheme," Professor Smith said.
"This is an exciting and challenging project and we are delighted to welcome Mr Suresh to the School and RMIT."
The scholarship announcement followed an historic bilateral education meeting attended by Indian and Victorian government leaders, RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner AO and other university Vice-Chancellors, pre-eminent TAFE institutes and other leading education providers.
Mr Baillieu said the scholarships supported essential research that contributed to global knowledge while also helping to build closer partnerships between India and Victoria.
"Ten Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship recipients are completing research that will benefit both Victorian and Indian communities," Mr Baillieu said.
"More than 150,000 international students are already studying in Victoria, drawn by our internationally regarded research infrastructure and high-quality researchers and teachers.
"Victoria is one of the world's leaders in providing exceptional education and this is a key competitive strength that was reaffirmed recently when the London-based QS organisation announced its first global grading of major international student cities, ranking Melbourne fourth in the world - behind only Paris, London and Boston."
The education meeting was part of Victoria's largest-ever trade mission to India, held to boost the state's two-way trade and investment relationships with India.
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 at one of the state's leading universities, with tuition fees waived by the host university.
RMIT's collaborative research engagement in India includes relationships with the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad, the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee and the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur.
The University last year hosted the Australia-India Joint Symposium on Smart Nanomaterials, a three-day symposium that aimed to strengthen research links between Indian and Australian scientists in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.