Since 2012, a large number of PhD students have passed through the NIAS – Exeter programme.
NIAS have produced a short guide for incoming PhD students on the Split-Site PhD Programme.
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) is housed in a picturesque green campus in Bangalore where it serves as a forum to bring together individuals from diverse intellectual backgrounds. The philosophy underlying NIAS is given shape by its research teams, which are drawn from a variety of disciplines in the natural and social sciences, humanities and arts. The Institute is unique in its integrated approach to the study of intersections between science and technology, philosophy, social issues and leadership.
From 2009-11 a joint research collaboration provided a supportive platform which brought together experts and students from the UK and India under a single umbrella in order to achieve a world-class research output. Subsequently the College of Humanities was awarded two UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) grants to develop split-site PhDs, in Archaeology and Drama.
The University of Exeter and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) both provide me with the best possible training, guidance and support in prehistoric lithic tools and cognitive studies; essential aspects of this research. Academically, these two are one of the best departments in the world right now in the respective domains.
Moreover, this programme allows me with a maximum possible mobility and flexibility which is crucial for archaeological researches. It gives me the opportunity to learn more about my field from international experts and get useful feeds from peers across the globe. Most importantly, this programme is fundamentally very interdisciplinary, providing you the scope and encouragement to venture new ideas and conduct original research.
This April, two PhD students successfully passed their vivas bringing the total number of graduates from the programme to eight.
A delegation from Humanities visited the National Institute of Advanced Studies to discuss the progress of our relationship so far and build for the future.
The College is planning the next five years of its successful partnership with NIAS, Bangalore, following the visit of its Director, Dr Baldev Raj and Head of Administration and Finance, Mr. Srinivasa Aithal.
The College welcomed Professors Narendar Pani, Anindya Sinha, Sharada Srinivasan, Carol Upadhya, and Dr Smriti Haricharan from Bangalore's NIAS.
Archaeology and Drama departments receive delegation from India as alliance with National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore matures.