IIT KGP to launch scholarship programme for SAARC nationals
    Kolkata, Feb 19 (PTI) The Indian Institute of
Technology, Kharagpur will launch a full scholarship programme
for SAARC nationals, a release said Tuesday.
    The programme will be open for full time students
across all levels of study - undergraduate, postgraduate and
doctoral studies in SAARC countries outside India, an IIT KGP
release said here.
    The institute will be reaching out to universities and
embassies of these countries as well as through the Ministry
of External Affairs, this month opening up the enrolment for
2019 including summer and winter terms, it said.
    The institute is focusing on students from
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
    The first batch of the programme will be open for 10
students with funding from US-based alumnus and petrochemical
industrialist Dr Asoke Dey Sarkar.
    The first edition will provide funding for their
airfare, tuition fee, living expenses, local transport as well
as medical insurance.
    "SAARC nations share a common heritage. We also share
a common future and a common vision of prosperity. There are
some excellent educational institutions in our neighbouring
countries with students who are comparable to the best in the
world ...", Dean, International Relations at IIT KGP Prof
Baidurya Bhattacharya said.
    The students will be required to explore the courses
and research areas and identify the experts at IIT KGP
as mentors.
    In addition to formal application, the students will
be required to appear for a video interview.
    The courses would encompass all areas of engineering
and technology, biosciences, social sciences, economics,
management, law.
    Students can also work on research projects including
collaborative research with international partners of IIT
Kharagpur which will include areas such as artificial
intelligence, robotics, climate change, high-speed and
intelligent transportation, affordable healthcare, clean
energy, etc, the release added. PTI SUS