New Delhi: Israel has granted three-year post-doctoral scholarships to 66 Indian students to pursue research work at top universities in that country.
The 66 Indian fellows selected from IIT Delhi, Osmania University, Universities of Delhi, Lucknow, Calcutta, Mumbai and other leading academic institutions in India would travel to Israel and conduct research in the field of immunology, genetics, neurobiology, bio-informatics, computer sciences, law and economics at top Israeli universities.
They would undertake research work at some of Israel's leading universities the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Open University of Israel.
"This is the first programme of its kind, bringing advanced Indian researchers to Israel in a wide range of topics. The researchers would be benefitted from three-year scholarships granted by the government of Israel," a statement from the Embassy of Israel said.
The post-doctoral scholarship initiative was conceived during the visit to India of Israel's Finance Minister, Yuval Steinitz, in December last year.
"Steinitz had met HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and the two pledged their support for bolstering Indo-Israel academic cooperation," it said.
Israeli universities have called for research proposals for another round of this post-doctoral scholarship programme.
Last year, universities in Israel have continued to figure high in global rankings, with three of them ranking among the top 100 universities of the world and a total of six among the top 500.