Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy

Join a collaborative research project between Melbourne and an elite Indian research university

The Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) is a joint initiative consisting of established researchers and joint PhD candidates from the University of Melbourne and a group of India’s elite research universities. Collaborative research teams from Melbourne and India are engaging in projects that address key issues in science and technology.

The MIPA joint PhD candidates working on these projects benefit from being part of a collaborative international research community. They will receive mentorship from global experts, learn how to adapt to new cultural and research environments, and gain access to the best facilities and resources from two universities. The MIPA bi-annual conference provides further opportunities for researchers to network, share knowledge and partake in professional development opportunities.

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MIPAC-23: 15-17 November 2023 in Melbourne. Registrations open NOW.

The fourth MIPA Conference – MIPAC-23 – will take place on 16-17 November 2023 in Melbourne, with a pre-conference academic workshop on 15 November.

The two-day conference and the workshop will provide an excellent platform to expand your academic network and share your research with the elite research community from the University of Melbourne and the collaborating Indian Institutes of Technology: Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Kanpur (IIT-K), Madras (IIT-M), the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) and the Indian Institute of Education and Research Tirupati (IISERT). This diversity offers an enriching environment for the exchange of ideas and sparks multi-disciplinary collaborations. Registrations are now open, so please register and be part of this exciting opportunity to strengthen your existing collaborations and build some new ones.

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Our partner universities

There are currently five Indian universities partnering with the University of Melbourne to operate the Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy. Learn more about each university by following the links below.

Joint PhD opportunity

Extracting the semantics of places from natural language descriptions

The ability of artificial intelligence like Siri and Alexa to extract information from human speech has progressed tremendously in the last decades. However, challenges still remain. One such challenge is the difficulty for AI to process spatial language and contextualised language about places. For example, the phrase "at the back of the store" may appear clear to a human listener, but to an AI, such language is ambiguous. This project aims to investigate conversational patterns about places and represent them in a database so that we can ultimately further the development of artificial intelligence. To view this joint PhD opportunity (and others) in detail, click on the button below.

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Director wins India Australia Business and Community Alliance Australia India Impact Award

MIPA Director Associate Professor Meenakshi Arora has been awarded the India Australia Business and Community Alliance (IABCA) Australia India Impact Award (Individual). IABCA is the largest platform that exists to strengthen the India-Australia relationship and contribute to its development through  people-to-people links. The award acknowledges Associate Professor Arora’s work in developing collaborations between the University of Melbourne and India through her position as MIPA Director.

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Meenakshi Arora with her trophy

Project spotlight

Transport phenomenon of surface modified bimetallic nanoparticles

Nanoparticles are solid particles engineered to be the size of a molecule or an atom. They are useful in the field of nanotechnology, an advanced field of technology with many real-life applications. A bimetallic nanoparticle is a nanoparticle created from two different types of metals. This project examines the movement of bimetallic nanoparticles thorough porous media.  Research outcomes will help scientists apply nanotechnology to environmental remediation, generating a tangible impact on our society.

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Meet our directors

Associate Professor Meenakshi Arora is the current Director of the Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy. Her main research interests relate to urban water cycle modelling, water quality, contaminant transport modelling, and groundwater remediation. Associate professor Arora has made significant contributions in the area of water resource management, including the development of a cost-effective defluoridation plant to provide safe drinking water to communities in rural India. As a faculty member of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, she teaches a variety of subjects and supervises Masters and PhD candidates.

Associate Professor Meenakshi Arora
Surinder Singh Chuhaun

Dr Surinder Singh Chauhan is the Deputy Director of MIPA. Dr Chauhan has multinational experience in teaching and research in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and has delivered his services successfully in Australia, India and USA. His research program strives to deliver solutions to promote sustainable, and efficient livestock production systems (cattle, sheep, goat, and pigs) capable of producing quality animal protein for the consumers.