IIT Kanpur signed a Joint PhD agreement with the University of Melbourne, expanding the existing collaboration. The Director of IIT Kanpur Prof Indranil Manna signed the agreement with the Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Susan Elliott. Pro Vice-chancellor Graduate and International Research Prof Dick Strugnell witnessed the agreement and Dean of Engineering Prof Iven Mareels, Dean of Science Prof Karen Day and many professors of the University and IIT alumni joined the historical occasion including Dr Raj Rajakumar, the president of IIT Alumni Association Victoria.
IIT Madras signed a similar agreement with the University of Melbourne previously. The agreement allows both IITs to train and award PhDs jointly with the University of Melbourne. The PhD students are expected to spend two years at Melbourne and two or more years at IIT. The program opens up the opportunity for Australian and Indian industries to sponsor high calibre Indian students to work on their industry research problems while obtaining a PhD jointly offered by University of Melbourne and one of the participating IITs.