Article originally from the KGP Chronicle 

IIT KGP and University of Alberta (UoA), one of Canada’s top ranking university have rekindled their partnership with an MoU signed on January 14, 2019.

The two institutions have agreed to explore opportunities for a joint doctoral degree program where doctoral students will be working on collaborative projects and co-supervised by faculty members at both institutions. The special scheme from Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India and UoA will be explored where doctoral students at IIT KGP may receive funding for up to 12 months, to pursue joint research at UoA.

Additionally, the two institutions would work towards offering student exchange programs and semester away programs with credit transfer facilities and visiting faculty appointments explained Prof. Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean, International Relations, IIT Kharagpur

Dr. Cen Huang, Interim Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (International), University of Alberta, emphasized the significance of collaboration between IIT KGP and UoA through cross presence among the students and researchers as well. “IIT Kharagpur is one of our very important strategic partners in India and we have already built a very strong foundation between the two institutions through your alumni at our institution, student research internships and research collaborations. We are both very strong in research. Collaboration through a joint Ph.D. program will make the partnership stronger” she said.

The immediate areas identified for research collaborations were energy, environmental science, water resources and artificial intelligence.

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