A team from IIT Bombay participated in the 'Study in India' fair organized in Nepal. The fair was held during May 22-23, 2019 in Kathmandu and May 25-26, 2019 in Birgunj. The 'Study in India' programme is an initiative by EdCIL, a Government of India company under the aegis of MHRD, specifically to provide a platform for leading universities and institutions from India to showcase their strength in higher education in all disciplines. Apart from IIT Bombay, there were around twenty other universities (both public and private) that participated in the fair. The IIT Bombay team consisted of Mr. Arnab Das, Executive Officer (International Relations), Mr. Prasanna Hate, Administrative Superintendent (Academic Office) and Prof. Upendra Bhandarkar (Mechanical Engineering). The primary aim of the IIT Bombay team was to disseminate information regarding courses and admission procedures to the Masters and PhD programmes running in the Institute. A highlight of IIT Bombay’s initiative is the scholarship (30 in number) made available by the Dean (IR) office to international students enrolling in PhD programs, subject to them meeting certain criteria. Past MTech students from IIT Bombay also visited the fair.
The team also visited Tribhuvan University (in Kathmandu), presented a keynote talk at a graduate student symposium and acted as jury member to a poster competition in the Institute of Engineering Campus (Pulchowk), while Mr. Das and Mr. Hate interacted with the Vice Chancellor (Prof. T.R. Khaniya) at the Kirtipur campus to study the possibility of an MoU between IIT Bombay and Tribhuvan University. The team also met four PhD alumni of IIT Bombay, who are faculty members in various engineering streams at Tribhuvan University. At the Kathmandu fair, the second secretary (Education) of the Indian Embassy Mr. N.K. Jaiswal interacted with the IIT Bombay team. The Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Ajay Kumar along with Mr. N.K. Jaiswal, Mr. C.P. Singh and Mr. A.K. Chakraborty from the Education wing of the embassy also interacted with the team from IIT Bombay. At Birgunj, the Consul General Mr. B.C. Pradhan interacted with the team. Overall, it was a fruitful visit and the team expects more applications at the Masters and PhD level from Nepali students.