- Announces a mega scholarship programme for Indian students

New Delhi, January 19, 2018: Rajasthan Royals have tied up with Deakin University, Australia to promote sports education in India and facilitate research in sports management and sports science. Australia based Deakin University will be the official sports education partner for Rajasthan Royals this season.

In a bid to promote sports education, Ranjit Barthakur, Chairman & CEO, Rajasthan Royals and Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Jane den Hollander, AO, today entered into a strategic agreement for the third time. Deakin University has associated with the team twice in the past as well.

The most important feature of the collaboration is the mega scholarship provided to an Indian student for a sports management course in Melbourne.The scholarship will provide for full tuition fee waiver, up to Rs 38 lakh for Masters and Rs 43 lakh for Under Graduate course.

The duration of the course is three years for a Bachelors degree and two years for Masters degree at Burwood Campus in Melbourne. It will be a full time course with internships and work integrated learning as part of the curriculum.

Sports management is emerging as an important career option and we are pleased to provide an opportunity to students to learn the craft at a reputed university. It is a privilege to tie up with Deakin University for a third time. The joint effort will help us work on different aspects of sports research and management” said Ranjit Barthakur, CEO and Chairman, Rajasthan Royals.

As per the selection criteria, students with 85 per cent in class 12 for UG and 80 per cent in Bachelors degree for PG will be preferred. Other selection parameters include high achievements in co-curricular activities. Deakin University will soon come out with the detailed criteria, the application process and the type of projects that students have to submit.

The candidates would be shortlisted and interviewed by a panel of representatives from Deakin University and Rajasthan Royals. The name of the fortunate student who will bag this scholarship will be announced during IPL.

Professor Jane den Hollander said, “Sports is an integral part of learning at Deakin and we look forward to working with some great talents from the world of cricket. Through our partnership with Rajasthan Royals, we aim to work towards a sporting platform that not just nurtures talent but also provides adequate knowledge and resources for optimal utilisation of these talents.”

Rajasthan Royals will also provide internship opportunities to three Deakin University students during this season's IPL. Deakin University believes that applying management and marketing theories and business principles into a structure is the core feature of their sports management courses. An internship with the Royals during the season will enable students to learn in a challenging environment.

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