IIT-K ties-up with MIT for Cultural Research
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has collaborated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other Universities to link India's heritage and culture with science and engineering .
Head of department IIT K, Ranbir and Chitra Gupta said, "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."
The research conclusion will be used in the recreation of engineering curriculum with more Indian elements.
MIT officials are looking forward to take a visit of IIT Kharagpur in the upcoming session to finalise the collaboration on Sandhi and the Shantiniketan.
According to a source from IIT Kharagpur, the main objective of this tie-up is to study about culture, heritage, archeology and ecology of India with the help of Sandhi initiative and Shantiniketan Project. The conclusions will be included in the curriculum later. The two institutes along with the Visva Bharati University, are exploring the land-river-tribal belt as an ecological retreat as ident, under the Shantiniketan project.
Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning at MIT, Bishwapriya Sanyal said, "We will finalise plans for longterm co-operation, which we hope will include jointly-run studies on key planning issues, visiting faculty and joint research."