Even as United States president Barack Obama lands in India, the government has set the ball rolling for American cooperation in enhancing the levels of engineering education and research at IIT Gandhinagar.
Modeled on the Kanpur Indo-American Programme (KIAP) — a similar initiative of the Jawaharlal Nehru years aimed at IIT Kanpur — the agreement just signed would entail visits to IIT Gandhinagar by experts from American universities to share their knowledge with the fledgling institution.
“While in the KIAP initiative of the Nehru years, we also got financial assistance from the US, we are at present looking at only their technical and subject expertise to make the institution world-class,” said an official of the Ministry for Human Resource Development.
The agreement is a shot in the arm to the institution — located in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat — and is seen as a potential source for cutting-edge technology and knowledge being made available to the institution.
Founded in 2008 at Chandkheda in Ahmedabad, IIT Gandhinagar, one of India’s 16 IITs, has a new campus coming up at Palaj in Gandhinagar.