IIT KGP and Carleton University to Explore Academic Exchanges

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IIT Kharagpur signed an MoU with Carleton University of Canada on September 11, 2018, to support research collaboration, capacity building and other forms of academic partnerships. Under this MoU, both institutions will typically focus on opportunities in student exchange, faculty exchange and professional development programs.

The two institutions will also explore possibilities of collaborative Masters Programs and jointly supervised Ph.D. students. The MoU will cover the scope of interaction among members of faculty relating to joint research projects, research visits and when necessary, joint applications for research funding from external funding agencies.

“We are happy to have the MoU signed with Carleton University. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with the different units of the university,” said Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, Deputy Director of IIT Kharagpur.

Carleton, which is among the best comprehensive universities in Canada, with a high research focus and diverse academic programs, has been recently focussing in areas such as autonomous vehicles, technology enablers for smart cities. IIT Kharagpur has similar areas of research such as Intelligent Transportation, Future of Cities, Digital Convergence and Centre of Excellence in Artificial intelligence.

“I am excited about this new partnership. This is the beginning of a long-term collaboration, having students from IIT Kharagpur come to Canada and Carleton students coming here and launching of exciting professional development programmes. This is a wonderful opportunity and an auspicious day,” said Dr. Karen Schwartz, Associate Vice-President, Research and International at Carleton University.

Discussions are ongoing between the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University and the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering at IIT Kharagpur for dual degree programs for masters and doctoral students. Plans are also in place for distance education offerings in Data Analytics, Cyber Security and Management leadership which will be jointly taught by experts from both institutions. This activity will be coordinated by the Continuing Education office at IIT Kharagpur and targeted towards professionals in Indian industry and academia.

Quite similar to IIT KGP, Carleton has a history connected with World War II. The University was founded by the community in 1942 to meet the needs of veterans returning from the Second World War. Currently, it has 26,000 students and more than 125,000 alumni.

By Shreyoshi Ghosh

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