New Delhi, Sept. 16 -- India on Monday formally launched an initiative to fund 1,000 scholars from south east Asian countries to pursue PhD at its 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), a move that could help internationalize its premier technology campuses and boost academic ties with east Asian neighbours.

A joint initiative of the human resource development and the ministry of external affairs, the initiative could prove to be a win-win for scholars from ASEAN and the IITs.

"We are opening up IITs to 1000 brilliant students (from ASEAN) to do research," external affairs minister S. Jaishankar said in New Delhi.

The move comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to enhance academic ties with the east Asian nations in ...