The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur alumni have pledged to support the institute's students by funding their overseas internships.
The alumni of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur have pledged to sponsor overseas internships for students of the institute.
Taking the initiative a step forward, Vinod Gupta, a distinguished alumnus and Life Fellow of IIT Kharagpur, has pledged $250,000 for the next five years for exchange of 8-10 students along with a faculty member between GWU and IIT Kharagpur.
A recent visiting delegation from The Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL) at IIT Kharagpur signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for professional collaboration with the Law School of George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC, for exchange of students and faculty.
At the meeting in July at GW Law, Gupta announced he would provide additional support for the institutions' joint relationship, particularly to support student exchanges. His previous support has already allowed for such exchanges and for a variety of other activities, such as lectures by GW Law faculty, members at IIT Kharagpur and scholarships for Rajiv Gandhi Law graduates to attend GW Law's LL.M. programme.
As per the initiative taken by the alumni of the institute, seniors would be helping students find overseas internships in various ways - helping the students bag training at the company founded by them, or help them get an opportunity at the organisation they are working in or sponsor some overseas training initiatives.
The Law School at IIT Kharagpur, which has inked the MoU was recently ranked among the top three law schools in India. IIT Kharagpur is the only IIT to have such a school among its several branches of expansion beyond the domain of engineering and technology. The school was ranked on the basis of student quality, faculty quality and engagement), process (teaching quality and learning), and research output (publications and citations received, and alumni goodwill).
Prof Souvik Bhattacharyya, deputy director; Prof Sidhartha Mukhopadhyay, dean, alumni affairs and international relations; and Chinna Boddipalli, MD institutional development (AA&IR) attended on behalf of IIT Kharagpur.
Bhattacharyya stressed the desire of IIT Kharagpur to enhance the cooperation with GWU in different fields.
With intellectual property and technology law education emerging as an urgent requirement to protect and service intellectual property which is being generated in India and elsewhere in the world, Gupta in 2005 felt a large number of lawyers would be required in India to protect the intellectual property and he donated $2 million for setting up the School of Intellectual Property Law at IIT Kharagpur.
Source: HT Kolkata