Research and Partnerships

PURE Program

Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) is one of the marquee programs of the Purdue-India Initiative. This nine-week summer program in partnership with three Indian Institutes of Technology: IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, and IIT Hyderabad will take place from May 18–July 17, 2020. More information available here.

Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship

Purdue University’s goal of fostering collaborative international relationships to find solutions for global challenges will be the focal point during the first-ever Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship program.

Twenty-five Ph.D. students from 18 different Indian higher education institutions will arrive at Purdue in January through a partnership with India’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), that country’s equivalent to the U.S. National Science Foundation. Purdue is the only university in the U.S. to have a partnership with the organization for this program. Read More


Developing strong partnerships with Indian institutions of higher education, Indian companies, and multinationals with a presence in India is a cornerstone of the Purdue-India relationship. Sustainable partnerships provide opportunities for student and faculty mobility, joint research, and internship opportunities. On January 24, 2017, Purdue’s Executive Vice President and the Secretary of India’s Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) signed an MOU in support of international academic cooperation. SERIIUS—the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States—is another Purdue partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)—Bangalore, India, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA. In July, 2015, Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Labs signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Purdue to strengthen pharmaceutical research and development. In November 2014, Purdue President Mitch Daniels signed a partnership agreement with officials from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai that enabled joint supervision of doctoral candidates between Purdue and IITM. In May 2015, President Daniels signed an MOU with the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), which provides a vehicle for Purdue and IITH to expand collaborative educational and research opportunities for faculty and students at the two universities. These are just a few of the numerous Purdue-India partnerships in which faculty, staff, and students are involved.

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