NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur will soon launch a full scholarship programme for students of SAARC countries.The institute will approach the universities and embassies of the SAARC nations through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). According to IIT Kharagpur, the full scholarship programme will be available across all levels such as doctoral studies, post graduate and graduate level.
The focus will be on students from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The first batch will comprise of ten students who would get financial assistance from US-based alumnus and petrochemical industrialist Dr Asoke Dey Sarkar. The monetary aid will include airfare, living expenses, tuition fee, local transport as well as medical insurance.
Speaking about the reason why SAARC nationals are being chosen, Dean, International Relations at IIT KGP Prof Baidurya Bhattacharya stated that the SAARC nations have a common heritage and there are excellent students who can compete with the best in the world.
Area of Studies
The programmes in which students can enrol are engineering and technology, social sciences, law, economics, biosciences, management. Students will also have the option to undertake research work in collaboration with international partners of IIT Kharagpur in the field of artificial intelligence, climate change, robotics, high-speed and intelligent transportation, affordable healthcare, clean energy, etc.