IIT Kharagpur signs MoU with 2 US varsities for joint academic and research collaborations

IIT Kharagpur signs MoU with 2 US varsities for joint academic and research collaborations. Spurred by the success of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, four younger’s IITs sprouted around the country a decade later, and from these five came thousands of IITians, the brand ambassadors of modern India.

It was the success of this one institution at Kharagpur that wrote India’s technological odyssey. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, fondly referred to as IITKGP by its kin, started its journey with 224 freshmen, 42 teachers, and 10 departments.

IIT Kharagpur is widely acclaimed for the quality and breadth of its research enterprise, and particularly for its openness to multidisciplinary research. Several highly rated initiatives represent a long IIT Kharagpur tradition of cross-disciplinary research and collaboration.

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In this continuous quest for excellence in research endeavors, IIT Kharagpur has signed MoU with the University of Houston and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for joint academic and research collaborations, training, and exchange of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students, academic and research information The MoU with University of Houston was signed on Friday at Houston in the presence of Chancellor Renu Khator and Director P P Chakrabarti.

The initial areas identified for collaborations include petroleum engineering, covering niche aspects of chemical engineering, advanced materials, deep-sea technology, analytics, and industrial engineering, the statement said. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth signed the MoU with IIT Kharagpur early this week for collaborative research, training and the exchange of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students and academic and research information.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth initiated discussions to formulate a joint international programme on Marine Science and Technology.

Professor P P Chakrabarti, Director of IIT Kharagpur said, “The two institutions have initiated discussions to formulate a joint international programme on marine science and technology targeting the huge potential of the ‘blue economy’.”
He added, “discussions are on about the way forward with Chancellor Dr. Robert Johnson and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Mohammad Karim of UMass Dartmouth.”

UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science & Technology focuses on interdisciplinary basic-to-applied marine sciences and the development of related innovative technologies. Some of the focus areas are biogeochemical cycling, coastal ecosystem dynamics and restoration, computational modeling, marine renewable energy, ocean observing/remote sensing and ocean physics.

A team of delegates from IIT KGP was currently visiting the USA led by the Director. Earlier, IIT Kharagpur signed a MoU with the Carleton University of Canada to support research collaboration, capacity building and other forms of academic partnerships.

The MoU was signed at IIT Kharagpur extension campus. It will allow both the institutes to focus on opportunities in student exchange, faculty exchange and professional development programmes, a statement issued by IIT Kharagpur said on Wednesday. The two institutions will also explore possibilities of collaborative masters programmes.

The MoU will cover the scope of interaction among members of faculty relating to joint research projects, visits for such purposes and when necessary, joint applications for research funding from external funding agencies, the statement said.

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