Sangareddy: Extending strong academic relations with Japanese universities further, IIT-Hyderabad Director Prof UB Desai said that they would soon launch a joint PhD programme in partnership with Japanese universities.
Addressing the students and representatives of various universities at the IITH-Japan Collaboration Academic Fair-2017 on IIT-H campus here on Tuesday, Prof Desai said that many IIT-H students had joined Japanese universities during the past few years and currently, 74 of them were studying in various Japanese universities with scholarships being offered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Prof Desai said that the education fair was the largest ever conducted on the premises of IIT, which was attended by 14 premiere Japanese universities. Since they were already having strong academic relations with Japan, he said that their students and faculty visit Japanese universities frequently.
Hailing Japan as the best country to pursue higher studies, Prof Desai said that he had visited the country several times during the past decade. However, he requested the Japanese varsities to send their students and faculty to IIT-H for long duration stay.
Yoshiki Ehara, JICA’s Indian representative, said that they had 30 scholarships on offer for Indian students coming to Japan to pursue various courses during 2018-19 academic year. He observed that IIT-H was the biggest window to enter top universities in Japan.
Underlining the importance of the students pursuing higher studies in other nations, Ehara said that it would help students learn about technologies developed in other countries and help them to be part of nation building by applying those technologies. Stating that it is also part of developing the base of human resource in both the countries, he observed that many students who took up higher studies in Japan were placed in Japanese varsities.
Stating that JICA has been partnering in various projects in India like Metro Rail in Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Outer Ring Road project in Hyderabad, Ehara said that they wanted to strengthen Japan-Indian relationship.
A large number of students pursuing various courses in IIT-H interacted with the representatives during the education fair.
Kenchi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Prof Ch Subramanyam, Dean (Academics), Prof Toshiro Ohashi, Hokkaido University, and others delivered speeches. A panel discussion on ‘Higher Education in Japan’ was also conducted.