IIT Roorkee signed an Agreement for Joint Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program with the University of Strasbourg (Unistra), France in Strasbourg on September 25, 2019 regarding joint supervision of PhD thesis leading to Joint Degree in PhD from both IITR and Unistra. This is first such agreement signed among Institutes/Universities of India and France. IITR delegation was led by its Deputy Director Prof. Manoranjan Parida, and other team members included Prof. Shishir Sinha, Prof. P. Arumugam, Prof. V.C. Srivastava, and Prof. Vimal Kumar.
Unistra is a French university and its origin goes back to in 1538. It is located in Strasbourg which is one of the de facto three main capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels and Luxembourg), as it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the Ombudsman of the European Union.
Unistra is a multidisciplinary university with nearly 51,000 students, 2,800 teachers, and research professors, 35 components (training and research units, faculties, schools, institutes) and 71 units of research. Five of the University faculty have received Nobel prize and one was awarded Field medal. Among the university’s alumni, 12 more have been awarded Nobel Prize.