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Deakin India Research Initiative

About DIRI

In its continued endeavor to strengthen the Research Activities / partnerships in India, Deakin University is proud to announce the launch of the "Deakin India Research Initiative - DIRI"

DIRI is operating out of the New Delhi office of Deakin University and will be responsible for supporting Collaborative Research Programs and Higher Degrees by Research for students largely based out of India and jointly supervised by an Australian (Deakin) and an Indian Supervisor.

Deakin is pleased to announce that it has received an overwhelming response for Indian Institutes and companies for the collaborative research program and the India based Deakin PhD program.

The DIRI vision

The Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) is an expansion of Deakin University's ongoing development of research models which bridge the gap between academia and industry. Discussions with organisations in India have highlighted how bridging this gap will be a major factor enabling the rapid increase in manufacturing and knowledge industries needed for growing India's economy.

Deakin has formed research partnerships with some of India's leading companies, research institutes and universities. Under the DIRI model, higher degree by research (HDR) candidates are based at an Indian research institution with day-to-day supervision provided by a local researcher. A Deakin academic staff member serves as principal supervisor for the project. A visit to Australia by the candidate for a period of approximately six months to conduct research is an important component of the scheme.

Apart from their location in India for the majority of candidature, DIRI Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates conform in all other respects to Deakin policies, procedures and requirements.

The perceived advantages of this scheme are:

  • The candidate gains an international research experience by interacting with Australian researchers and spending a significant period of their candidature in Australia
  • India increases its pool of PhD graduates at significantly less cost
  • The host institution gains valuable research outputs and can potentially use this program as a recruitment opportunity
  • Deakin University increases its PhD completions and gains valuable research outputs
  • International collaborative opportunities are enabled for the host institutions and for Deakin University.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

27th February 2015