01-10-2015, 08:22 PM
KOLKATA: IIT-Kharagpur, the oldest IIT in the chain, has never been among the top global engineering institutions partly because of its very conservative approach to international academic exchanges.
This in turn was due to two factors: lack of financial resources in sending students abroad and administrative embargoes on share of credits and degrees with foreign institutions have keys.
All that can be engaged in changing thanks IIT Kharagpur alumnus Gopal Rajagarhia Rs 10-crore grant. If everything goes according to plan, will be at least 30 final-year engineering students studying part of their semester at a partner university in the US, Europe or Australia.
Rajagarhia, a Delhi-based industrialist graduated in chemical engineering in 1968, donated the money provided a brand new international program be started from IIT Kharagpur will officially academic exchanges and credit transfers part of the curriculum.
The grant comes at a time IIT Kharagpur has approved administratively to help "international" exchanges it improve its global position. As things now stand, the top 30 performers get a chance to spend will complete a few months in a foreign institute where they have a project related to their power. IIT Kharagpur is finalizing its partnership with 28 leading technology schools like MIT, UCLA and the University of Cambridge. Rajagarhia part of the grant will be used to make Nick faculty of these teachers to IIT-Kgp for a certain number of hours.
"In this era of globalization, it is not enough to just be an indigenous center of excellence. Our students have foreign exposure and we are pleased that this fund Rajgharia will help us to send our first batch of deserving students in foreign countries. The projects it in a few months abroad, completes will be crafted so they are able to do a lot of reference libraries and laboratories, live lecture hours and even industrial houses to visit since the projects will focus on modern technical solutions to problems, "said Partha Pratim Chakraborty, director of IIT Kharagpur.
Students of the Institute have successfully participated in tech challenge competitions held in other engineering schools of the world and winning prizes regularly, however, was the Institute to fund their travel expenses to date. Rajgarhia The funds will be used for that too.
"The partnerships we have with other technical schools abroad would help to support our students' academic expenses there. The Rajgarhia funds would cover their travel and subsistence costs of denied boarding. Such regular exchange programs will help to foreign corporate houses on the placements of our campus, "Chakraborty said.