IIT Kgp joins up with French network of doctoral schools

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 9: IIT Kharagpur has teamed up with REDOC SPI, a French network of doctoral schools for “strengthening institutional collaboration in doctoral education and research”. The institue signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard in the first week of October.

Through this initiative, the alliance between IIT Kgp and doctoral schools (or equivalent structures) of REseau DOCtoral en Sciences Pour l’Ingénieur (REDOC SPI) will be promoted via various exchange programmes, joint supervision of doctoral students and joint academic and research doctoral programmes.

IIT Kgp and REDOC SPI to begin short courses, seminars, workshops

A number of joint academic and research activities will be commenced as a part of this association.

“This is an exciting partnership enabling engagement of our institute with 27 doctoral schools throughout France. IIT Kgp and REDOC SPI may formulate joint academic and research activities such as short courses, seminars, workshops or conferences based on their mutual interests and available expertise. They may also share and carry out joint research in technology for distance and computer-based learning,” said Professor Anandaroop Bhattacharya, Associate Dean, international relations, and coordinator of the collaborative initiative, IIT KGP has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Technological, social and cultural relations to be enhanced

Professor Bhattacharya shared that the collaboration also targets to improve the technological, social and cultural relations of both countries/states/regions. “It includes some specifically identified areas of cooperation, which may be updated from time to time,” he added.


Dedicated sections on the website for sharing and promoting opportunities and information regarding doctoral studies in mechanical and electrical engineering will be launched under the initiative taken by the IIT and REDOC SPI, the official statement mentioned. The alliance will also encourage outgoing mobility of PhD students on a reciprocal basis.

“We are looking forward to a long and productive partnership with the talented faculty members of this iconic institute,” Professor Hubert Romat, Director for international relations, REDOC-SPI told a news daily.

About IIT Kharagpur

At present, IIT Kgp has 13 schools, 19 departments and 9 Centres of Excellence. It has more than 25 Research and development (R&D) units. The IIT offers B.Tech. (15 programmes), B.Arch, Dual Degree (35 programmes), LLB, MMST, MCP, MBA, MHRM, M.Sc/M.Tech/MS (67 programmes), and PhD programmes. Some of its departments include Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural and Food Engineering, Architecture and Regional Planning, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, etc.