BIT-Sindri may soon join hands academically with Canada’s University of Manitoba — one of the top institutions in the world — thanks to alumni efforts.
A high-level delegation, led by the university’s international programme coordinator Jean Paul Burak, is set to arrive here on July 25 on a two-day visit to explore possible areas for partnership between the two cradles.
If all goes well, an MoU will be signed between the guests and the hosts for collaboration in the field of research at MTech and PhD levels, paving the way for student and faculty exchange programmes between the two institutions.
Former chairman-cum-managing director of Scooters India Limited A. Sahay, a 1962-batch alumnus of BIT-Sindri, who is coordinating between the two reputed institutions, will accompany the team.
Notably, members of the 1962-batch alumni of Sindri, led by Bidhu Jha, the MLA from Radison constituency and special envoy for international trade, government of Manitoba, had taken the initiative for the proposed collaboration. Kiran Sinha, another 1962-batch student, is looking after the project on behalf of the BIT-Sindri alumni.
During its visit, the Canadian team will hold talks with directors and heads of different departments and interact with students and teachers.
The team will also take stock of classrooms, libraries, labs, workshop, training and placement offices, alumni house, hostels etc, at the Sindri campus spread over 450 acres.
Confirming the development, BIT-Sindri director S.K. Singh said the institute was pinning hopes on the proposed visit. A panel of senior teachers, including heads of departments R.N. Gupta (metallurgy), U. K. Dey (mining) and G. Kumar (geology), has been formed for the nitty-gritty of the proposed collaboration.
“The tie-up will give our students access to advanced facilities at the University of Manitoba,” said Gupta, also a senior administrative officer at BIT-Sindri.
Kumar, head of geology, said: “MTech and PhD students (of BIT Sindri) will greatly benefit. They will get a chance to share knowledge with their counterparts in Canada.”
At present, BIT-Sindri offers MTech in five streams — mechanical, electrical, metallurgical, chemical and civil. MTech programmes were regularised in 2005.