VIT inks pact with London varsity on fee waiver for PhD degree progs

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Chennai, November 27
The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) would be offering a number of PhD fee waivers to students and staff of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT University), from this academic year 2017-18. A VIT release here today said, under an agreement signed in Vellore, QMUL would offer three full PhD waivers per year to qualified students and staff from VIT University who apply for a PhD degree at QMUL’s faculty of Science and Engineering.
Successful candidates would cover their living expenses either through self-funding, or funding from VIT University, in line with cost of living guidelines set out by the UK Visas and Immigration.
The agreement came as part of a successful senior level QMUL visit to India in November, which was aimed at enhancing the university’s profile, developing new partnerships and building on the university’s record success
in recruiting Indian students in 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor David Sadler, QMUL Vice Principal (International) said “we are delighted to welcome suitably qualified staff and students from VIT University into our PhD programmes at QMUL. We are confident these scholars will benefit from and enrich our inter-disciplinary research community here, will over the time help us further strengthen our many links with our partners in India.”
VIT Pro-Vice Chancellor V Raju said “we are very proud of the partnership arrangement with QMUL. The current agreement will further enhance the ongoing collaborative activities.”
“At present we have provisions for VIT students to undertake the first two years of the study for the bachelors in engineering at VIT and transfer to QMUL to complete the requirements for the QMUL degrees. Similarly,
VIT’s masters students can opt for the second year of study at QMUL and complete the requirements for two masters degrees simultaneously”, he said.

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