Isis to Support Scholarships for India’s Future Leaders in Science, Business and Government
18 August 2010
Isis Enterprise is to work with Oxford’s Saïd Business School on hosting scholarships for India’s future leaders in science, business and government, the Prime Minister announced last week.
The scholarships will be for places on the new Chevening Rolls-Royce Science and Innovation Leadership Programme, which has been set up in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship Programme and Rolls-Royce.
The programme will cater for Indian career professionals working in science, innovation and related public administration. Modules will include bridging pure research and business and scientific entrepreneurship, practical processes of innovation, and commercialisation of research and technology transfer.
Isis will deliver an intense and comprehensive introduction to technology transfer through a mix of formal lectures, case examples and hands-on workshop activities. Central to our training will be a three-week period of project work where the scholars will work in teams on specific commercialisation projects under the direction of senior Isis staff.
David Baghurst, who runs Isis Enterprise, said: "There are tremendous opportunities for developing links between entrepreneurs and technologies in the UK and India. Our involvement in the programme will provide a strong practical element building on our real-world experience in the UK and overseas."
Richard Briant, programme director at the Saïd Business School, said: "We look forward with great pleasure to welcoming such an outstanding group of Indian professionals to Oxford and to introducing them to entrepreneurial and academic colleagues across the University including Isis Innovation, the Department of Continuing Education, Begbroke Science Park and Saïd Business School. Together, we will provide a most stimulating and memorable programme."
Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: "We are honoured to be leading the Programme and it will be a great pleasure for us to work both with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholarship Programme and with Rolls-Royce."
David Willets, Minister of State for Universities and Science, said: "This is an exciting new scholarship, which has been uniquely tailored for India by one of the UK’s top universities. This Programme will promote the role of science and innovation as a driver of growth and opportunity in UK-India relations, forging lasting ties with India’s future leaders."