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Chennai and CMU

education Updated: Nov 24, 2010 09:13 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Want to do an undergraduate programme in mechanical or electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and stay on in India? At least for the time being?
In partnership with the Shiv Nadar Foundation, CMU will offer the two programmes at the SSN Institute.

The first batch of these programmes will begin next year in June 2011 and selections will be done by the CMU.

In order to qualify, “candidates will have to be among the top 25 % of those selected for the programme run at the Pittsburg campus of CMU,” informs Jared L Cohon, president, CMU, from Pittsburg through video conferencing.

For 50 % of the session, classes will be held in Chennai and for the rest the students will attend lectures at the Pittsburg campus.

To maintain quality, only a limited number of students (25) will be admitted in the first year. This number will gradually be increased to 100 in a period of four to five years.

The idea of initiating this programme is to expose students to the university systems, engineering technologies, infrastructure and economies of the two countries — USA and India. “Around one lakh of Indian students go abroad every year for further studies and in the West, the competition is increasing year after year. For instance, three years ago, the Harvard Business School used to accept every seventh student who applied there and last year, the number increased to 15. We want that at least the brightest students need not go abroad to study,” said Shiv Nadar, chairman Shiv Nadar Foundation.

“We have started with two engineering porgrammes which offer dual country advantage. Soon, we will enter into a tie up with an American B-school
to have a similar arrangement.”

The university and SSN representatives say quality will not be diluted at any level and the faculty at Chennai will be trained at Pittsburg before they start teaching at the Chennai campus as adjunct faculty of CMU.

The only “catch” is the fee – usually offshore campuses charge a considerably low fee to attract students, but here the candidates will have to pay exactly what is charged at the Pittsburgh campus. To this, the spokesperson of CMU replied: “Students will get a dual country advantage for which we should charge more from them. So, there is no point of giving any fee concession.”

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