About Foreign Training Program
IIT Kharagpur, as an Institute of Eminence, has realized that producing industry competitive and academically strong graduates alone cannot be it’s ultimate objective. It needs to craft students who possess leadership qualities and will eventually become entities who will change the world. For this to happen, it is necessary that the students showcase themselves on world platforms and in-turn gain the much-cherished exposure towards new work-cultures. International experience is crucial for holistic development as it opens our minds to new possibilities and alternate modulus operandi. Therefore, we believe that the experience of living and working abroad will be paramount to this endeavour. Foreign Training Program provides a unique opportunity to undergraduate students from IIT Kharagpur to conduct research under the supervision of professors of eminent universities abroad. Through this program we have started formalization of the foreign training application procedure and we aim to streamline and increase the efficiency of the foreign training application procedure in IIT Kharagpur. FTP serves to provide students with cross-cultural exposure and opportunities to expand their horizons through research extensive summers.
Pushkar JhaField Viewers Ltd Inc
I was searching for a good project in the field of IC design and photonics for months but the outcome wasn’t in my favour. The major hurdle was the funding which most of the universities don't provide at the undergraduate level. At the same time, I also registered on FTP portal where I found one project very similar to my interests. I just applied by submitting my CV and fortunately got selected for the interview which went well. The whole process was very smooth and the people at IR cell were very helpful throughout. I am very grateful to the IR cell for giving me and the students of IITKGP an opportunity to work in the best labs of the world and inculcating research interests in them
Kanishk SonkusreField Viewers Ltd Inc
I switched from B.Tech to Dual-Degree and had already exhausted my chance of getting a summer internship through CDC. Finding an internship on your own is a very tiresome job, I tried mailing a lot of Universities and Companies but still could not find one. I am very thankful to IR Cell for helping me out get a summer internship at Field Viewers Inc. It was a great time working with the company and I got to learn a lot. I highly appreciate the work that IR cell is doing, providing such great opportunities to students of KGP.
Siba Smarak PanigrahiEffat University
I had a dream of bagging an FT in the second year. I had applied to a lot of programs across the globe, but all in vain. With the corona pandemic and the necessity to stay at home, I felt that there was no way I could achieve my dream. At this very moment, FT Portal gave a ray of hope. It facilitated remote collaboration with professors, and it was the turning point, I believe. I applied to various projects related to Deep Learning, and I was happy to see that I got selected in "Deep Learning for COVID-19 detection using Chest X-Rays" at the Effat University, Saudi Arabia. Yay! It was a dream come true, all thanks to IR Cell!
Shilpa SajeevKTH Royal Institute of Technology
It was extremely disappointing to cancel my summer internship plan due to the coronavirus pandemic. International Relations Cell did an exceptional job by bringing new remote projects in the FTP portal during those uncertain times. I was overjoyed to find a project that was very similar to the one I had planned and immediately applied. It was titled ‘Structure of Urban flows’ and was at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. I had an interview after getting shortlisted. It was refreshing to see the variety of projects in the portal and I am extremely grateful to IR Cell for giving me this opportunity.
Pankhuri SaxenaUniversity of Montreal
I was finding it hard to find a project that involved work on actual data and enabled me to utilize the existing skill set. The lockdown due to COVID-19 had made the situation worse as it became difficult to reach out yet still be able to adjust with uncertainties in academic schedule and access to facilities. IR Cell's FTP portal provided an opportunity to remove the tedious work in applying and focus instead on how my skills and interests align with the projects eisted. The portal was easy to use and the project provided me with an opportunity to work on something that I would have never been able to get on my own.
We are a team of 34 students working to promote internationalisation at IIT Kharagpur.
RISHABH SRIVASTAVAGENERAL SECRETARY
SANKALP SRIVASTAVAGENERAL SECRETARY
AKSHAY CHORDIAWEB COORDINATOR
KIRTAN MALIWEB COORDINATOR
Frequently Asked Questions
How is it different applying through a portal as compared to applying through personal mailing?
When one applies through personal mailing, it is on him/her to track, mail and apply to various professors from different universities/colleges, whereas in a portal the student can select from the projects that have already been allocated to the portal and the student doesn't have to get involved in most of the internal work.
Does CG matter while applying in these projects?
As CG is an integral part of your CV, it will have an impact on your selection. Rest depends on if the professor considers it an important factor while selection.
If I have been selected for a project through FTP, am I eligible to apply for the upcoming projects in the portal?
Once you have been selected for a project through FTP, you are not eligible to apply for the upcoming projects. Your account will be deleted for that particular year.
After getting finalized for a project, can I back out from the same?
After your final selection, you will be provided with an undertaking form which you need to fill if you want to continue. Backing off afterward will result in the blacklisting of the candidate and he/she will not be considered for any further through FTP Portal. Further, disciplinary actions may be taken by the Office of International Relations.
Does IR Cell provide any help while applying for a visa?
No, you have to arrange it for yourself.
Will I be able to edit my profile if at all I commit some mistakes while making my account?
Once you have made your profile you won’t be able to edit your profile till the end of that particular semester. We will release a deadline after every semester so that people can update their profile.
Is Foreign Training under FTP funded?
Stipend varies with different projects, professors and universities. Most of the projects are funded and are sufficient to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses.
If you have any queries, please go through the FAQ's. For any other query feel free to fill the form below so that we can reach you out.
International Relations Cell
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Kharagpur, West Bengal
India - 721302
+91 85008 12330