The Research Training Group will set up 50 PhD projects, which will be supervised by scientists from both India and Germany. The first funding of the program will begin with an investment of €3 million from each of the two organizing partners - Heidelberg University and DBT.
This came two months after an inquiry by a retired High Court judge found four teachers guilty of violating the conduct rules of IIT-K and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after Saderla complained of harassment and discrimination by them.
The team, which includes researchers from Indian Institute Technology (IIT) Kanpur, developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that can 'read' a person's brain waves and convert them to computer signals.
A letter signed by faculty forum convener Veejendra K Yadav and sent to Karandikar, the meeting was attended by 130 faculty members who expressed their “deep anguish at the lack of action by the institute after a previous resolution on the same”.
Three of the accused professors — Sanjay Mittal, Chandra Shekhar Upadhyay (of the aerospace department) and Ishan Sharma (mechanical department) — are presently serving at IIT-Kanpur while Dr Rajiv Shekhar was shifted to IIT-Dhanbad a few months ago. He is now the institute’s director.