VCU International Partnership Universities

VCU Global Education Office

Indian Institute of TechnologyIndian Institute of Technology

Kharagpur, India

Indian Institute of TechnologyRaj Rao, Ph.D.
Director, VCU-IIT-Kharagpur Partnership
Email: rrrao@vcu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University’s International Partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology began in October 2006 when the two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Since then, a steady flow of delegations have visited VCU and IIT Kharagpur. Now the institutions are developing student exchange programs for the 2007-08 summer term and following academic years. Raj Rao, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering assistant professor, is the director of the IIT-Kharagpur Partnership.

University facts

Location: Located in the industrial town of Kharagpur, West Bengal, India (population 207,984), IIT Kharagpur classifies itself as an autonomous, technology-oriented institution of higher education that specializes in engineering.
Founded: IIT Kharagpur was founded in 1951 by a committee established by the Honorable Sir Jogendra Singh, a member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council, Department of Higher Education, Health and Agriculture. Their goal was to develop higher education technical institutions to prepare for post-war industrial development in India.
Public/Private: Public
Number of students: 2,950 undergraduate students, 2,500 graduate students

Partnership track record

Departments/programs interacting at each university: School of Engineering
Type of activity: Summer research program at VCU for IIT Engineering, VCU team-taught summer courses at IIT

Areas of promise

Departments/programs interacting at each university: Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, School of Business, School of Arts
Type of activity: Faculty/student exchanges, collaborative research projects, program/curriculum development