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Deakin University’s growing partnerships with India took yet another step forward in November when 15 students enrolled through the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI) underwent induction training.
The induction courses were run by Associate Professor Peter Beech from the Faculty of Science and Technology and Grant Michie from the Research Services Division.
“Induction workshops are offered to all commencing higher degree by research candidates in Australia and it was felt that the cohort in India was sufficiently large to necessitate training there,” said Associate Professor Beech.
“In addition, the candidates’ India-based research supervisors were informed about Deakin HDR policies and procedures.”
Workshops were held in three cities - Hyderabad, Delhi and Bangalore - and involved the 15 PhD candidates and 11 supervisors.
“All the students and supervisors were very impressive individuals,” Mr Michie said.
“And those in Delhi were particularly excited because they had recently met our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, when he was visiting.
“They were made to feel very special about working with Deakin.
“Another pleasing aspect of the trip was discovering the quality of the research facilities the students have access to.
“In one lab alone there were microscopes worth around $5 million.”
Associate Professor Beech said DIRI owed thanks to Mr Pawan Solanki from the University’s India office.
“There is no doubt that Pawan had done a fantastic job putting things in place ahead of our visit,” he said.
“Certainly his itinerary made it easier for Grant and me to just concentrate on conducting the induction workshops without having to worry about travel and other logistics.
“There’s no doubt the partnerships we are developing through DIRI are highly regarded in India and I can see the number of students involved growing well beyond the current 15, and very quickly.
“There is a real buzz among people in India about doing research with Deakin.”