With an aim to improve its international footing, it has been reported that Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has started inviting foreign students, faculties and even Nobel laureates every year to its campus.
This time it was the first International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) at the IIT wherein there were around 10 students from Australia and at least one international faculty in each of the 19 short-term courses.
This winter they also expect five students from Tokyo, informs dean of alumni and international relations at IIT-KGP Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, there will be at least 10 foreign teachers as well during that time.
There would now be a regular two-way traffic between the institute and other foreign universities.
The Dean also shares the reason behind by saying that it is important for them to improve the international ranking and so in a way they are now encouraging their students and faculties to go out to foreign universities and are also getting their ones to come to them for visits. By bringing together participants and faculty from India and abroad, the ISWT programme has subjects designed around current and multi-disciplinary themes of science, engineering, management and law.
Course Pattern- The duration of each course is of two weeks or ten working days with a judicious blend of lectures and tutorials per day.
Many steps have already been taken like after participating in the last summer term, Professor Rolf Drechsler from the University of Bremen in Germany has already agreed to become an international visiting faculty at the IIT. IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said they were using government funds as well as generous donations from the alumni for this exchange programme. One such alumni family which includes an Indian-American entrepreneur, his wife and brother have promised to fund and arrange the visit of two Nobel laureates from different fields each year to the Kharagpur campus in West Bengal.
Chakrabarti said their initiative had been a success as Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani told him to prepare a similar blueprint of a national-level initiative for summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and national faculty.
The director says that after this, they have chalked out a plan which can be adopted for other institutes as well. The blue print of this plan will be submitted to Pranab Mukherjee in the coming months.