Kharagpur : The IIT KGP Foundation founded by the alumni of IIT Kharagpur in USA has announced international internships to be awarded to 15 students from the Institute this year at top global universities. The IIT KGP Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered at Nebraska, would offer upto USD 3000 per student towards expenses like airfare, stay and so on.
The students will pursue their summer internship for 2019 starting at some of the top global universities including California Institute of Technology, MIT, University of Illinois-Urbana, Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan in the US; NUS and Nanyang University in Singapore, Darmstadt in Germany and at Lausanne in Switzerland.
“We are proud to foster a synergy between the excellent education at IIT KGP with the research and studies at the world’s other top universities. The IIT KGP Foundation will continue to support initiatives like this to build robust relationships between the students and premier institutions to foster the contributions that these students bring to future technological developments in their fields and beyond,” said Ron Gupta, President of the IITKGP Foundation.
This year, more than a hundred students with top CGPA applied for these internships, of which 15 were selected to receive the awards. The topics of research covered a wide array of subjects depending on the student and the host institution. Students going to CalTech, USA will research on scientific topics of hydrogen and helium stability; while those going to National University of Singapore will concentrate on design of robotics systems and algorithmic game theory. A group of students will work with MIT, USA on potential solutions for urban brownfield site developments.
Speaking on the internships funded by the US alumni foundation, Dean Alumni Affairs at IIT Kharagpur, Prof. Subrata Chattopadhyay emphasized on the engagement of the alumni towards the overall development of the Institute. “This directly impacts the career development of the students. The IIT KGP Foundation USA has been designing programs for the alumni to support the future generations of IIT Kharagpur students. Witnessing the enthusiasm of the alumni to mentor the students we have instituted an alumni department engagement program to facilitate students placement, internship, exchange, guest talks, department funding requirements etc.,” he said.
Students welcomed the initiative stating the significance of foreign training and inadequacy of internship stipends towards meeting their travel and living costs abroad.