Student to receive international degree with mutually participating curriculum
The first batch of students to complete the International Joint MTech Degree in Food Science and Technology (IMDFST) at IIT Guwahati will graduate this year.
The International Joint MTech degree is a joint academic exercise of the departments of chemical engineering, bio-sciences and bio-engineering, chemistry and the School of Agro and Rural Technology at IIT Guwahati with the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science of Gifu University, Japan.
Eight students — four each from IIT Guwahati and Gifu University — comprise the first batch of graduates. The IIT Guwahati students will receive their degrees during the upcoming convocation.
Started in 2019, the IMDFST programme at IIT Guwahati is the only such degree in India that enables an enrolled student to receive an international MTech. degree with a mutually participating curriculum.
The participatory curriculum of this course provides equal credit-based learning of both theory and research components, enabling an Indian student to earn both Indian credits and Japanese credits based on independently and jointly designed and taught courses by both IIT Guwahati and Gifu University. Similar participatory curriculum is also applicable for Japanese students.
The interdisciplinary course offers a fine balance between sciences (chemistry and bio-science) and engineering (chemical engineering and bio-technology) disciplines. The department of chemical engineering, IIT Guwahati, has been coordinating the IMDFST curriculum since inception till date.
IMDFST course coordinator Vaibhav V. Goud highlighted the unique aspects of the programme.
“The IMDFST programme strives to remain forever as an academic beacon and flagship programme of IIT Guwahati under the aegis of the chemical engineering department. A pragmatic curriculum design oversaw the smooth transition to a translational research-based paradigm in the rapid advances associated to the food science and technology,” said the professor of chemical engineering.
Goud said Japanese higher education emphasises on laboratory and engagement in instructed theory and quicker transmission of subject-related principles into the practical framework. The Indian higher education system, on the other hand, focusses on sound fundamentals followed by research emphasis towards the highest levels of research excellence. “Students have been exposed to both systems for smarter engagement and enrichment of research pedagogies,” he said.
The curriculum will be taught over four semesters, during time an Indian student would carry out a semester course work at IIT Guwahati followed by an incubation trimester of research activity.
The student would then get enrolled at Gifu University and complete a semester there before returning to IIT Guwahati to carry out research for two semesters. All enrolled students will learn the research cultures of both top-notch institutions of India and Japan.
The course pedagogy advocates high-end research through practical application of basic and applied principles of food science and technology. The curriculum imparts practical skills associated with research methodology and design thinking, global internship for the smarter evolution of localised food technologies for global markets and outreach and understanding the research culture par excellence in the internationally acclaimed institutions of India and Japan.
IIT Guwahati admits students to the course on the basis of GATE score, Statement of Purpose and a presentation on a research topic choice and interview.
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