Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) along with Texas A and M University (TAMU, United States) are engaging to start a joint dual degree course. Vice chancellor of TAMU, Dr Margaret Katherine Banks, director of Graduate Programs (TAMU), Dr Vikram Kinra and director, IIT-Kanpur, professor Indranil Manna during an important meeting have given green signal to the proposal. During the meeting the deans of IIT-Kanpur also remained present.
The meritorious students who will pursue this dual degree course will get the degrees with the logo of both the institutions. The admission to this course is likely to be taken from next academic session year. This dual degree course could be initiated only after the approval from the senate of IIT-Kanpur.
According to TOI, Babita Lohani, coordinator of international relations at IIT-Kanpur informed that for last three years institute has been running student exchange programme with TAMU. Till now four students each from both the institutes used to take benefit of the student exchange programme but during the meeting it was proposed to increase this number to 10 (from each institute).
Lohani said that the selection of the students for the student exchange programme is based on their academic performance. If they have performed well, they have full opportunity to be chosen for this programme. She said that the arrangements such as airfare, fooding, lodging and accommodation are managed by the two institutes. Lohani also mentioned that in the student exchange programme, students do internship for a period of three months.
During the meeting it was also agreed to explore the avenues for internship of PG students similar to the ongoing program for UG students, Starting exchange of non-degree students for 1-2 semesters. It was aso agreed that there is also a need of starting visiting faculty program between the two institutes which will ultimately result in research collaboration.