Indian researcher gets $10,000 Commonwealth scholarship

Toronto: Canada’s Carleton University, which has become the prime institution in forging educational and research exchanges with India, has awarded its $10,000 Commonwealth Scholarship to an Anna University researcher.

Under the grant, researcher Selladurai Madhiyan will travel to Canada to work with Carleton’s P.R. Sundararajan in his work on temperature-tolerant polymers, the Ottawa-based university said.

Sundararajan’s pioneering polymer research holds major applications in the aerospace and microelectronic circuits industries. The polymers he is developing with his students could one day be used as membranes, filters or cushion materials in high-temperature environments, the university said.

Chennai-based Anna University has an on-going research partnership with Carleton University.

Sundararajan, who himself comes from India, has helped four students from Anna University secure scholarships to leverage their capabilities to promote research at the top Canadian university.

According to Sundararajan, “The ongoing partnership with Anna University provides hands-on training that will have real-world benefits. We have a lot to gain in terms of highly qualified professionals if these students settle in Canada after their graduation.”

The Commonwealth Scholarship is part of the new thrust that the India-Canada relationship in education and research has received after the signing a higher education accord by the two countries last year during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit here for the G20 summit.

Carleton is the only university in the world to have a full-fledged India-centric Centre of Excellence in Science, Technology, Trade and Policy to raise awareness about bilateral studies and public diplomacy, and develop initiatives to build a better understanding of both countries.

University president Roseann O’Reilly Runte signed MoUs with many Indian institutions during her trip to India in February.

Carleton University also held the Canada-India Education Summit and the Canada-India Innovation Summit last month. (IANS)