IIT Kharagpur Offers First-of-its-Kind Full Ride Scholarship

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Higher education can cost a significant amount of money. Students, though being meritorious and excellent academically, find it difficult to push through for higher studies due to lack of income flow. There is nothing to worry.

IIT Kharagpur is here to support. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has instituted India’s first-of-its-kind Full Ride Scholarship entitled “Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Full Scholarship for Top 100 JEE (Advanced) Rankers”. This full ride scholarship is to support the students within Top 100 All India Rankings in JEE Advanced and whose parents’ gross annual income is below Rupees Twenty Lakhs.  This full ride scholarship would cover the entire expenses of a student till they are completing their B.Tech course at IIT Kharagpur and be implemented from the academic session 2021-22. The director of IIT Kharagpur, Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari made the announcement about this full ride scholarship on August 18, 2021, IIT Kharagpur’s 71st Foundation Day.

Speaking about the initiative, the director of IIT Kharagpur, Prof Virendra Kumar Tewari said, “At IIT Kharagpur, we believe that not a single meritorious student should have their education limited due to financial constraints. It is our responsibility as well as it is our privilege and immense pleasure to support all such talented and meritorious but economically challenged students to access higher education. This scholarship is in the name of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay) and he earned the title of ‘Vidyasagar’ for his vast knowledge in Sanskrit and Indian philosophy which was compared to the vastness of the ocean. His quest for knowledge was so intense that he used to study under a street light as it was not possible for him to afford a gas lamp at home. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar worked endlessly to provide equal education to all men and women irrespective of their caste, religion and gender.”

Not only tuition fees for what money is required, but also there are many other additional costs for books, transportation, food and lodging. The expense may be too high for a family to pay.

“This full ride scholarship would cover the entire cost of education of a student such as institution fees, hall expenses, text book, meals, gadgets and other miscellaneous expenses such as relocation expenses, personal expenses, other living costs, and also to provide an out-of-pocket allowance, leaving you free to focus on your studies and social life without worrying about money.”, said Prof Jayanta Mukhopadyay, the Dean Outreach and the Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur.


“The students, you are encouraged to carry on with your studies, not only for your bright future but also for the progress of the nation. You need not worry for the expenses enroute your education career, as the institute assures of solely bearing all the financial expenses throughout”, said Prof Surjya K Pal, the Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Branding and the Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur. “If you want to be a support to your family, you can be so as there is a provision where the saved amount from your expenses can be utilised for the benefits of your immediate family members. There is absolutely no need to worry about finances.”

With scholarship covering the entire expenses of a student, they do not have to worry about those things that can distract them from focussing on their education. Such a full ride scholarship would allow students to follow their dream and help in empowering their academic and career goals by removing all financial barriers. Thus, the students would get ample of time to focus on studies, gain knowledge and secure better grades.

Media Contact: Prof Surja Kanta Pal,

Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Branding,

Ph. No.: 03222-282019, Email: adeanaa@adm.iitkgp.ac.in


By Poulami Mondal

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