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IITKGP launches research for undergraduate students

Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2019

The recently launched innovative programme aimed at boosting research among young students will be funded by the institute’s alumni

To promote research among the undergraduate students, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) has launched first of its kind Undergraduate Research Program (UGRP), from the upcoming autumn semester of 2019-20.

The UGRP is aimed at encouraging UG students to pursue research. As many as 20 proposals will be accepted every year. The research ideas for the programme will be selected on a competitive basis and successful proposals will be guided by the Institute’s faculty. Students who successfully complete their research project can also culminate it into their BTech thesis project. 

“The undergraduate students are extremely talented and motivated. As teachers, we have observed for years that the innovative ideas they come up with can address many real-life challenges. The ability to carry out research is a key capability for all graduates today. Through UGRP we are promoting the idea of research challenge among them, which will germinate their potential as innovators and problem-solvers,” said PP Chakrabarti, director, IITKGP.

The funding will be generated from alumni donation fund resources. “IIT Kharagpur launched an endowment campaign in 2012 and every year some alumni batches have been raising Rs 50 lakh–1 crore. It has been decided that part of the earnings from this fund will be utilised towards funding the UGRP,” said Subrata Chattopadhyay, dean, Alumni Affairs, IITKGP. 

A portal will soon be set up for project submissions. The institute which has been supporting various co-curricular activities of the undergraduate students through travel grants and fellowships to facilitate them participate in competitive projects will now float a competitive grant of Rs 56 lakh for four years.

Each selected group will receive support to the extent of Rs 25,000 for one credit projects and Rs 50,000 for the two credit projects.

“Students who have completed four semesters at IIT Kharagpur can form departmental or interdisciplinary groups and submit project proposals under faculty supervision. The project submission needs to be completed 30 days prior to the beginning of the fifth semester,” said Sudhir Kumar Barai, dean of Undergraduate Studies, IITKGP. 
 

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