IIT Kharagpur: Going International?


One of the premier institutes of the nation, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) is seeking to improve its international ranking. The institute, in the recent past has been sending invitations to foreign students and lecturers to join the campus.

The institution aims at maintaining a regular exchange of students and faculties of some of the reputed foreign universities, said Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay, dean of alumni and international relations at IIT-Kgp.

The first International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) at IIT ended successfully this month with 10 students from Australia and at least one faculty from abroad in each of the 19 short term courses. ISTW programme has subjects relating to the field of science, engineering, management and law.

According to Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director IIT Kharagpur, the institution receives funds for its smooth functioning from the government and also from some of its generous alumni.

The institution is also going to modernise the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes by introducing “credit based system”. This system gives students the flexibility to complete a four years course in three-and-a-half years. Further, under the program, there is also an option for students to complete their course in eight years, if need be. The program also enables students to acquire a dual degree in seven years. To add to it, during the course of one’s study, if a student wants to start his or her own venture or do a long-term internship to increase their employability, this new program allows them to take a break and later complete their degree course.

Exchange students attending any of the IITs will now also be allowed to spend a part of his course period in any other IIT of his choice, providing with an exposure in different centres of excellence that IITs have.

These improvisations are made after analysing the trends at the world’s top 20 universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The world rankings of the premier institutes and universities are sure to improve in the coming years. As according to the Asia University Ranking 2014, India has shown considerable advancement with 10 Universities among the top 100 universities of Asia as compared to just three in 2013.

Panjab University, Chandigarh is at the position of 32 followed by IIT Kharagpur which is at number 45 and IIT Kanpur at the position of 55. IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee stand jointly at number 59. There are many other Indian universities that rank among the top 100; the esteemed Jawaharlal Nehru University standing last at number 90 among the top 100 Indian Universities.

India’s growth in the higher education sector has been phenomenal in the past one year which gives a clear indication towards country’s growth in the educational front. The growing popularity coupled with their endeavours to improvise the current system, these institutions are likely to make its mark at the International ranking in the coming years.

Ratanpriya Sharma

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