Written by Alyssa Walker

The Study in India campaign is working. 

For engineering research and management studies, the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras (IIT-M), has emerged as a global competitor for international PhD students.

According to The Times of India, the IIT-M has 145 international students on average.

Last semester, from January-May 2018, 42 international students, from the UK, Europe, and Asia, conducted research across all disciplines at IIT-M. 

Many of the students opt for the JDP, or a Joint Doctoral Program, to earn a global perspective.

One of the US schools involved in sending students abroad -- Michigan State University -- supports the program. According to the Times of India, Mary Anne Walker, director of the global engineering office, said, "Students were earlier attracted to electrical, computer, and chemical engineering, and material science, however, we are seeing students' interest grow across all engineering disciplines."

According to R Nagarajan, dean of international and alumni relations at IIT-M, the Institute's Department of Management Students sees more applications from international students to the program.

Despite the increase in interest in entrepreneurship in India, it is still in the early stages. Nagarajan said, "The innovation-to-incubation ecosystem is still weak in many Indian institutions, as compared to foreign counterparts."

He explained, "Research is not a subject or skill, but a habit which should be inculcated early in life. For later stages, faculty should be trained well to assess the value of each idea and help students work on it accordingly, this can fill the gap between the research and incubated ideas in India."

In addition to Michigan State, IIT-M also works with Deakin University, Aalto University, Curtin University, and several others.

Learn more about studying in India. 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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