Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has started inviting foreign students, faculties and even Nobel
laureates every year to its campus with an aim on improving its international ranking.
The first International Summer and Winter Term (ISWT) at the IIT, which ended this month, had around 10 students
from Australia and at least one international faculty in each of the 19 short-term courses.
"In the winter season we are expecting around five students from a university in Tokyo. There will be at least
10 foreign teachers as well during that time," dean of alumni and international relations at IIT-KGP Siddhartha
Mukhopadhyay told PTI.
There would now be a regular two-way traffic between the institute and other foreign universities, he said.
"It is important for us to improve our international ranking and so now we are encouraging our students and faculties
to go out to foreign universities and are also getting their ones to come here for visits".
By bringing together participants and faculty from India and abroad, the ISWT programme has subjects designed
around current and multi-disciplinary themes of science, engineering, management and law.
The duration of each course is of two weeks or ten working days with a judicious blend of lectures and tutorials per
After participating in the last summer term, Professor Rolf Drechsler from the University of Bremen in Germany has
already agreed to become an international visiting faculty at the IIT.
IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said they were using government funds as well as generous donations
from the alumni for this exchange programme.
One such alumni family which includes an Indian-American entrepreneur, his wife and brother have promised to fund
and arrange the visit of two Nobel laureates from different fields each year to the Kharagpur campus in West Bengal.
Chakrabarti said their initiative had been a success as Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani told
him to prepare a similar blueprint of a national-level initiative for summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and
"Since we already have experience in this, we have been asked to chalk out a plan which can be adopted for other
institutes as well. We will present the blueprint to President Pranab Mukherjee next month," the director said.