22 September 2021

ICTS faculty members Manas Kulkarni and Abhishek Dhar have received one of the exclusive VAJRA grants, given by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for their proposed work titled ‘Hydrodynamic Behaviour of Low-Dimensional Systems.’ Herbert Spohn of Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany, will be the overseas VAJRA Faculty. This grant will enable international collaborations over a period of three years and will host Herbert Spohn at ICTS.

ICTS faculty member Subhro Bhattacharjee also received a VAJRA grant of SERB as co-PI with Tanusri Saha-Dasgupta of SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata. Their proposed work is titled ‘Tuning Quantum Materials with Strain.’ This grant will host Arun Paramekanti of the University of Toronto as the overseas VAJRA Faculty.

The VAJRA Faculty Scheme, according to their website, recognizes the value of collaborative research as a crucial element for information sharing among researchers for updating and acquiring knowledge and skills, and also to draw different perspectives to solve shared problems. SERB welcomes accomplished overseas scientists to take up challenging research problems in the Indian setting.

ICTS Director, Rajesh Gopakumar said, ‘We look forward to welcoming Herbert and Arun to ICTS for fruitful collaborations.’