New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar, J&K have signed an MoU for collaboration on academic and research activities in the areas of mutual interest including collaborative research works, joint supervision of PhD students, joint workshops and seminars, etc.
The MoU was signed by Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Prof Rakesh Sehgal, Director, NIT Srinagar on Thursday.
The MoU is part of IIT Delhi’s initiative to welcome meritorious students from NITs to spend their final semester(s) at IIT Delhi, pursue courses, and do a project. The students will go through a rigorous selection process, and subject to their continued excellence, will be considered for an early admission to PhD programs at IIT Delhi.
Speaking of the MoU with IIT Delhi, Prof. Rakesh Sehgal, Director, NIT Srinagar said, “NIT Srinagar fraternity is grateful to IIT Delhi for agreeing to collaborate on exchange of students, faculty, academic and scholarly information, which will provide the meritorious UG students an opportunity for direct admission to PhD programs at IIT Delhi. Further, this will augment the research facilities for our PG students, research scholars and faculty. This collaborative effort will lead to a paradigm shift in finding the novel and innovative solutions to the problems faced by industry in the Union Territory of J&K in particular. This collaboration is inline with the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) and will help in generation of new knowledge in the frontier areas of science and technology.”
Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi welcomed the MoU with NIT Srinagar and said, “I am hopeful this collaboration between IIT Delhi and NIT Srinagar will lead to some exemplary research works that will benefit the public in general and the residents of the J&K in particular. Meritorious students of NIT Srinagar can now come to IIT Delhi in their final year and continue for their Ph.D. after their graduation. World class research infrastructure and expertise available at IIT Delhi will be accessible to NIT Srinagar faculty and students for doing cutting edge research.”
NITS students, with a CGPA of 8.00 at the end of their 6th semester (three years), will be eligible to apply for a project in summer/winter and complete their fourth year (7th and 8th semesters) at IIT Delhi. After that they will be considered for an early admission to the IIT Delhi PhD programs.
The requirement of GATE is waived off since the students will enter IIT Delhi with a minimum CGPA of 8.00. This scheme will also help NITS students to enhance their chances of qualifying for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship for PhD at IIT Delhi.
During the stay of NITS students in IIT Delhi as visiting students, they would not be charged any academic fees, since they will be paying the same to their parent institution. The students will also be provided on/ off-campus hostel accommodation on paid basis during their one-year stay.
The MoU also provides an opportunity to the faculty of NITS under which they may apply for suitable postdoc positions/ any other opportunities available at IIT Delhi.