At its 65th Convocation, IIT Kharagpur gave away degrees to PhD degrees to 372 scholars. The numbers showed a sharp of 21% from the earlier figure of 295 from last year. The numbers happily live up to the goals set for higher education centres by the Government of India. They, in fact, reflect sustained efforts taken by the Institute over the past few years to intensify the focus on research.
The Institute has also initiated a new programme — the Certificate of Excellence in Research — to recognize state-of-the-art collaborative research with industries and the academia.There is also provision for ‘Doctoral Degree for Working Professionals’ with minimum contact period in the campus for very meritorious and motivated professionals working in the industry or research laboratories.
Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya, Dean, International Relations, says, “IIT Kharagpur strongly supports international exposure for its students.” The second batch of PhD students have already applied for the DDP programmes in both Melbourne and Curtin.