Ten scholars from India will be awarded 90,000 Australian dollars
(about $94,400) each to pursue their Ph.Ds from varsities in
Australia's Victoria state starting 2012, the Australian High
Commission said Tuesday.
The new Victoria-India Doctoral Scholarships Programme, launched
by the state government of Victoria and the Australia India
Institute, is among the several strategic engagement opportunities
initiated by the Victorian government to woo Indian students.
The nine universities in the state have agreed to provide a full
tuition waiver to
Indian students, and the scholarships will support living costs
and education-related travel.
The scheme was launched here by the Australian High Commissioner
Peter Varghese and Amitabh Mattoo, director of the Australia India
Institute, Melbourne, along with Victoria's Commissioner to India
"This generous scholarship is a great opportunity for some of
India's smartest researchers to pursue their doctoral studies at
Victoria's universities," Varghese said.
"The academic communities of India and Australia are working more
closely together than ever before," he added.
"The scholarships will contribute to global knowledge and help
build a closer partnership between India and Australia," said
Louise Asher, Victoria's minister for innovation, services, small
business, tourism and major events.
Asher said that Victoria attracts quality students from around the
world because of its strong infrastructure and
internationally-known researchers and teachers.
Speaking at the launch, Mattoo said: "This was a singularly
important step by the Victorian government to build a real
partnership with India."
The universities are Deakin University, La Trobe University,
Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University,
Australian Catholic University, The University of Melbourne,
University of Ballarat and Victoria University.
The move was seen to be aimed to woo back Indian students after
the spate of racial attacks had dealt a blow to the number of
students going to Australia.