Vision to build network of excellence among all IITs
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, and IIT (Banaras Hindu University or BHU), Varanasi, will start a joint doctoral programme in July 2021.
The two institutes signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 27. This is the first time in the country that two IITs have come together to offer a joint degree programme. Both institutes expect a significant boost in high-quality research and foundation for further academic collaborations.
The idea of a joint PhD programme was originally proposed by the director of IIT Guwahati, Prof. T.G. Sitharam, at the 53rd IIT Council Meeting on September 27, 2019.
The vision behind the initiative is to build a “network of excellence” of all IITs, rather than each one striving to become a “tower of excellence”. The IIT Council accepted the proposal to start joint degree programmes.
The National Education Policy (NEP 2020) encourages such educational reforms and academic collaborations between premier educational institutes as it will promote multidisciplinary academic programmes and research for encouraging and promoting a knowledge-based economy of the country.
IIT BHU is also considering starting a joint MTech programme on similar lines to provide multi-institutional and multidisciplinary MTech programmes. IIT Guwahati has also agreed to be part of this initiative.
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