The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur will be launching a full scholarship program for the SAARC nationals. As per the official notification released by the institute, the first batch will be open to 10 full-time students in the different courses offered at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. IIT Kharagpur will be reaching out to the different universities and embassies of SAARC countries through the Ministry of External Affairs. The institute will be opening up for enrolment this month for the 2019-20 academic session for both the summer and winter terms. IIT KGP is focusing on students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
The first batch of 10 students will commence with the funding from US based alumnus and petrochemical industrialist Dr Asoke Dey Sarkar. The first edition of the scholarship programme will cover the student's expenses related to airfare, tuition fee, living expenses, local transport as well as medical insurance. Prof Baidurya Bhattacharya, Dean, International Relations at IIT KGP said that, ' "SAARC nations share a common heritage. We also share a common future and a common vision of prosperity. There are some excellent educational institutions in our neighbouring countries with students who are comparable to the best in the world ...", The courses offered will comprise a wide range of field such as engineering and technology, biosciences, social sciences, economics, management, law and others.
The students will be required to explore the courses and research areas and identify the experts at IIT KGP as mentors. In addition to the formal application, the students will be required to appear for a video interview. If selected they will also have the opportunity to work on research projects including collaborative research with international partners of IIT Kharagpur which will include areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, climate change, high-speed and intelligent transportation, affordable healthcare, clean energy, etc.
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