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DIA Online Summit – 2021

Over the years, India’s relationship with ASEAN has made considerable progress. Marking three years since the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi announced Doctoral Fellowship in India for ASEAN (DIA) for ASEAN citizens to pursue integrated PhD programmes at prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) of their choice. It is a historic milestone in a remarkable journey, enhancing cooperation in the field of Science and Technology (S&T).

This Summit is proposed to enrich the experience of the existing Fellows. The Summit will have academicians, scientists, reputed IIT alumni and entrepreneurs to interact with the participants. Invitations will also be extended to the universities and aspirant researchers from the ASEAN region. This event will encourage and promote joint research activity between ASEAN and IITs. It will also create an excellent opportunity for interaction and experience sharing among international students/alumni and network establishing.

The aim of DIA fellowship is to support research study exclusively for aspirants from ASEAN countries and in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the warm and friendly ties between India and ASEAN. An excellent initiative to fill the void in education cooperation between India and ASEAN; this PhD programme is the largest capacity development programme undertaken by the Government of India for foreign beneficiaries, thus encouraging the ASEAN students to learn in some of India’s finest institutions and learn from the best minds. The programme has two batches running (online), and the third round of applications is open.

This DIA Fellowship programme provides ASEAN participants space for pursuing higher education in India and provides an opportunity for the promotion of education and cultural exchanges between India and ASEAN countries. The programme can be used to develop Science & Technology programmes and personnel in relevant ASEAN countries. It will be India’s contribution to the strengthening of education partnership and the closer collaboration between India and ASEAN.

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Some of The Eminent Speakers

  • Dr. K Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation
  • Mr. Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, Indigo Airlines & Former President, United Airlines
  • Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao – Director, IIT Delhi
  • Prof. Abhay Karandikar – Director, IIT Kanpur
  • Prof. Madaboosi Santanam Ananth, Former Director, IIT Madras
  • Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Director IIT Kharagpur
  • Prof. S. G. Deshmukh, Former Director, ABV-IIITM Gwalior
  • Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi,  Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Prof. Swati Patankar, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay
  • Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys Chairman, Axilor Ventures
  • Ms. Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East), MEA- GOI
  • Mr. Subin Bhatia, Director,  Omega Holding Co, Bangkok
  • Mr. Ankit Mehta, Co-Founder & CEO, IdeaForge Technology
  • Mr. Ashutosh Pandey, Senior Researcher, IIT Delhi
  • Mr. Akshay Singhal, Founder & CEO, Log 9 Materials Scientific Pvt Ltd
  • Young and successful Entrepreneurs / Innovators from IIT and ASEAN

Schedule of Events:

The online summit will be held as a day long event on 13 March 2021. The structure and schedule of the summit is as follows:

13 March 2021 (Saturday)

  • 9.00 – 11.00: Inaugural Ceremony
  • 11.00 – 13:00: Panel Discussion 1: R&I Opportunities in IITs and ASEAN
  • 13:00 – 14.00: Lunch Break
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Panel Discussion 2 – Entrepreneurs and Innovators from IIT and ASEAN
  • 16:00 – 17:30: Concluding Ceremony

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