Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar welcomed a total of 155 interns for the 12th edition of its flagship Summer Research Internship Programme (SRIP) in a session organised on-campus after a gap of two years owing to the pandemic, it said in a statement on May 20.
SRIP 2022 will include SRIP Lecture Series, Chalk the Talk, a poster presentation session, and cultural and sports activities for the interns. The programme offers opportunities to students of the institute as well as students from across the country to carry out research projects under the mentorship of IIT Gandhinagar faculty members.
The institute received more than 24,000 applications from across the country for participation in SRIP 2022. Out of these applications, around 155 students have been selected from various institutes and colleges across the country, including IITs, NITs, IISERs, and IIITs among others.
Addressing the interns at a ceremony on May 19, Kabeer Jasuja, dean, Academic Affairs, IIT Gandhinagar, encouraged students to make the most of this opportunity and their time at IIT Gandhinagar. Giving reference to one of the anecdotes about Gautam Buddha and his disciples, he said, “For many of you, this might be your first exposure to research as an SRIP intern. Research, in some way, is like meditation, and it needs the right mentorship to guide you on this research path. When you are spending eight weeks at IIT Gandhinagar, try to take full advantage of it and learn from your faculty and mentors. The programme will give you a very holistic experience and numerous opportunities to learn through various labs and initiatives like Maker Bhavan, Tinkerer’s Lab, Writing Studio, and so on.”
These interns are working on about 115 research projects offered by 54 faculty members of IIT Gandhinagar, who are guiding the participating students on a wide range of interesting projects, including the design of rocket engines for interplanetary missions, mathematics of Sudoku, Neural correlates of meditation, Understanding Multimodal Touch Perception in Humans, smart mask, human-robot collaboration for practical applications, micro and nano printing, and so on.
Amit Prashant, officiating director, IIT Gandhinagar, also interacted with the SRIP interns. In his interactive talk with the students, Prashant prodded them to think of various ways in which they can make this internship a 360º learning experience and said, “You are here not just to work on your research projects but also to explore new things, make new connections, exchange ideas, and gain from the diversity of this campus life. You will have several occasions to experiment, interact, learn, and have fun because all these experiences add to each other. I would like you to develop a problem-solving aptitude, bring new ideas, take initiatives, and be a team player.” He also encouraged students to think of an activity, which they would like to do during these two months by engaging fellow interns and try to fulfil it in the coming days.