Dear Fellow Alums
I am writing to ask your support for strengthening and sustaining the UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration.
The collaboration was launched with an 8-week summer research program in May 2008. I am pleased to inform you that much has been accomplished with modest resources. Enthusiasm on both campuses is high and there is tremendous momentum.
While this is an outstanding beginning, we need to ensure continued momentum. We are pursuing plans to provide for the financial future of the collaboration. We also expect to review the progress of the collaboration on a periodic basis. In the mean time, based on the success of the summer research program and recent faculty-faculty interactions, we plan to do the following annually:
• Host 12-16 IIT Kgp students at UC Berkeley (UCB) for an 8-week summer research program.
• Facilitate 3-4 faculty visits from UCB and IIT Kgp to respective campuses for 2-5 day visit.
• Raise funds for 3-4 IIT Kgp students to pursue PhD at UCB.
• Support 3-4 IIT Kharagpur B.Tech and B.Tech/M.Tech joint degree students to pursue PhD at IIT Kharagpur (similar to the proven and successful Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory ("AVLSI Design Lab") model at IIT Kharagpur.)
We are seeking financial support from various sources, including US and India-based foundations, corporations and alumni. We are pleased to inform you that recently the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) awarded the collaboration travel grants for twelve students and four faculty visits per year for two years. You or your company can contribute to any of the outlined programs. The giving opportunities are outlined below.
The importance and urgency of the collaboration is evident. The benefits to IIT Kharagpur, West Bengal and India are also clear and compelling. I hope we can count on your financial support for the collaboration.
"Kgp Ka Tempo High Hai!!"
Chairman and CEO, Headstrong
(1970 ECE, RP)
Background and Update (Details)
We initiated the UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration to accelerate scientific discoveries to society and increase the capabilities and capacity of researchers to address challenges in biofuels and infectious diseases such as TB, Dengue Fever, etc. We believe that not just the US and India, but also the global society would benefit from a collaborative approach to address these challenges.
UC Berkeley and IIT Kharagpur are among the finest education and research institutions in the US and India respectively. The recently launched UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration has exceeded expectations on several important ways.
- Eleven IIT Kharagpur students completed an 8-week summer research program at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs in summer 2008. They found the research and educational experience transformative. The students were impressed and valued the following:
- a. Exposure to and a chance to participate in world-class research
- b. Interaction with world-class faculty members who cared about their work and learning
- c. Great campus
d. Enthusiastic and warm reception by IIT Kharagpur’s Bay Area based alumni
- e. Access and exposure to unique Silicon Valley culture
- f. International community and interactions at I-House, where they stayed
- The UC Berkeley faculty members were impressed by students’ quality, motivation and dedication. One of the faculty members mentioned that his student was “…as good as or better than the best UC Berkeley undergraduates that I have worked with…” As a result of the positive interactions, the faculty members are also interested in enhanced interactions with IIT Kharagpur faculty and students, including visiting IIT Kharagpur and submitting joint grant proposals.
- We recently facilitated a visit of three IIT Kharagpur faculty members to UC Berkeley. They met with over 15 UCB faculty members and researchers, several deans and staff. As a result of these faculty-faculty interactions and the summer research program:
- a. Nine IIT Kharagpur faculty members have indicated interest in working with the students and assisting them in continuing their summer research project at IIT.
- b. UC Berkeley faculty members submitted a training grant proposal to NIH in which IIT Kharagpur faculty members joined as co-Principal Investigator (PI). In addition, IIT Kharagpur PI submitted a proposal to the Department of Biotechnology in which several UC Berkeley faculty members have agreed to be included.
- c. One project has already been identified for joint research.
This is exciting progress for a program which was finalized only in Nov. 2007!
Thus the students received an unmatched educational and research experience.
For additional information on the UC Berkeley – IIT Kharagpur collaboration, please visit:
- Named Summer Research Scholar (IIT Kharagpur student visiting UC Berkeley): $7000 for one student.
- The funds will support all the expenses for one IIT Kharagpur student to pursue 8-week summer research at UC Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. The expenses covered include air travel, I-House living and boarding expenses, visa fees, health insurance, airport pick-up an drop-off, and common events.
- Named Visiting Faculty: $5000 for one faculty visit.
- The funds will support air travel, visa fees, living and boarding expenses for a 2-5 day faculty visit.
- Named Graduate Student Fellowship (IIT Kharagpur student pursuing PhD at UC Berkeley): $45,000 for one student for their PhD program at UC Berkeley:
- The funds will support $15,000 for one student per year for three years of PhD for out-of-state tuition fees. UC Berkeley will provide additional $35,000 per student per year for student’s 5-6 year PhD program at UC Berkeley.
- Named Graduate Student Fellowship (IIT Kharagpur B.Tech pursuing PhD at IIT Kharagpur): $30,000 for one student for their PhD program at IIT Kharagpur:
- The funds will support $6,000 for one student per year for five years of PhD for stipend enhancement, similar to the proven and successful AVLSI Design Lab model at IIT Kharagpur.
- All “named” funds will be acknowledged appropriately at UC Berkeley and IIT Kharagpur.
- The program outcomes will be shared at least annually.
- There are opportunities to endow a “named” program.
- Funds can be sent to UC Berkeley or IIT Foundation. Funds to support a PhD at IIT Kharagpur need to be sent to IIT Foundation or IIT Kharagpur. Please let Shail Kumar know your preference.
For any questions about this program or how you can help, please contact Shailendra "Shail" Kumar, Senior Director, External Relations, UC Berkeley (Shail Kumar is Past-President, IIT Foundation and IIT Kharagpur alumnus – (1987 ME RK)