Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme (VAJRA)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention at Bengaluru on 8th January 2017 had announced the launching of VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty scheme by the Department of Science and Technology which enables Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas scientific community to participate and contribute to research and development in India. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body of the Department has implemented the Scheme. The VAJRA faculty engages in collaborative research in public funded institutions. The Indian collaborator and the overseas faculty will jointly frame a research plan and the application duly endorsed by the Head of the Institution will be submitted online by the Indian collaborator. Public funded academic institutions and national laboratories are eligible to host the VAJRA Faculty. Applications for VAJRA Faculty Scheme can be submitted from July 1, 2017 onwards.
Online double-master degree program by the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Koblenz-Landau has launched a new online double-master degree program that includes two different master courses, M.Sc. Environmental Science and M.Sc. Ecotoxicology. The online double-master degree program is designed for students from countries all over the world, who are interested in gaining a second international fully accredited master degree while staying at the home university. The program is based on the idea of equivalence of study contents and aims at supplementation of certain courses to extend knowledge and skills in specific fields of environmental sciences.