IIT Kharagpur ties up with MIT, others for cultural research

In a first-of-its-kind initiative to link India's heritage and culture with science and engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has entered into research tie-ups with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and various other Indian and global universities.

Among the other universities are Australia's Curtin University, Visva Bharati University and Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata. The research findings will be used to re-create an engineering curriculum with more 'Indian' elements. 

"Most of the educational curriculum taught to engineering students is not relevant in the Indian context. The idea behind the research and these initiatives is to make the current curriculum more Oriental," said Joy Sen, head of department, Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management at IIT Kharagpur. 

MIT faculty will visit IIT Kharagpur early next year to finalise the collaboration