R. KRISHNAMOORTHY

The tie-up will help aspiring engineering students earn a postgraduate degree or Ph.D. with global exposure.

Candidates can have global exposure through access to state-of-the-art educational facilities at NUS.

The National Institute of Technology - Tiruchi (NIT-T) is exploring the possibility of a tie-up with National University of Singapore (NUS) to facilitate aspiring engineering students to earn a postgraduate degree or Ph.D. with global exposure.

NUS has already entered into collaborations with the IIT-Madras and IIT-Bombay whereby candidates admitted to the PG degree and Ph.D through the conventional procedure in the top-ranking Indian institutions get opportunities to do course work for a year at NUS.

Alongside qualifying themselves for the degrees awarded by IIT, chosen candidates can have global exposure through access to state-of-the-art educational facilities such as smart class rooms, an integrated virtual learning environment, web labs, conventional CAD lab facilities and specialised library support at the NUS. The added advantage is the stipend that the candidates would be entitled to at NUS that would obviate the need for educational aid. The need for earning while learning by doing odd jobs, as is the usual practice of students undertaking programmes in international universities, does not arise, according to S. Raghavan, Senior Faculty, NIT-T. Also, there is no need for candidates to appear for examinations like GRE or TOEFL.

Courses open under this scheme are M.Tech., M.S. and Ph.D. There is also a scheme for faculty members to carry out collaborative research, especially in the fields of nanotechnology and biomedical engineering that require costly equipment. A synergy between the theoretical strengths of Indian faculty and technical infrastructure at the NUS could be established.

Prof. Choudry of NUS was at NIT-T last week to explain to prospective students and research scholars the facilities available at his institution. He advised the prospective candidates to make informed decisions for career advancement. NIT-T Director M. Chidambaram expressed eagerness to toe the line of the IITs.

Prof. Raman from IIT-Bombay and Prof. Shankar Narasmhan from IIT-Madras explained the admission procedure. More information at the website: www.nus.edu.sg. Specific queries could be mailed to any of the following IDs: dprchowd@nus.edu.sg, dprqueki@nus.edu.sg,

head.cmts@iitb.ac.in, and naras@iitm.ac.in.