Indian students planning to pursue PhD from the University of South Florida will be eligible for a new scholarship from the next academic year. The university has announced a postgraduate annual scholarship worth about Rs. 1 crore in the name of former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The scholarship is meant for Indian students enrolling for PhD courses in specific fields of science and engineering.
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It will be effective from the academic year 2016-17. The recipients will obtain a fee waiver for four years, which will be a total of $84,500.
They will also receive a stipend worth $18,000 every year.
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University of South Florida’s Vice Provost, and System Associate Vice President for Global Academic Programs, Roger Brindley, wrote a letter to Ponraj Vellaichamy, the Scientific Advisor to APJ Abdul Kalam.
“Like all of India – and the world – we heard of his passing away with great sorrow. I want to commend you and his family for the wonderful work you are doing to perpetuate his legacy,” he wrote.
He added that the former president was a respected visitor at the university in 2012, where he gave a talk on green energy and sustainability.
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Mr. Ponraj said that there could not be a more fitting tribute to Dr. Kalam by a foreign university. It proves that Dr. Kalam had gone beyond boundaries to provide knowledge to people across the world.
University of South Florida is an American metropolitan public research university situated in Tampa, Florida, United States.