The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) is soon going to launch a scholarship programme for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nationals.
According to a press release by IIT-KGP, the scholarship programme by premier Indian engineering institute will be open for full time students studying in SAARC countries outside India across all levels of study – undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral.
For the enrolment of students in summer and winter terms of 2019 opening up this month, IIT-KGP will reach out to universities and embassies of SAARC countries by its own as well as through the Ministry of External Affairs, the press release stated.
The institute is focusing on students from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
US-based alumnus of IIT-KGP and petrochemical industrialist Dr Asoke Dey Sarkar will fund the first batch of 10 students.
The first edition will provide funding for their airfare, tuition fee, living expenses, local transport as well as medical insurance.
“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,” said Prof Baidurya Bhattacharya, Dean – International Relations, IIT-KGP.
In addition to formal application, the students will be required to appear for a video interview. The courses would encompass all areas of engineering and technology, biosciences, social sciences, economics, management, law.
Students can also 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, the release added.