We are pleased to inform you that the two day workshop, Internationalization of IITs, held on October 30 and 31, was a successful initiative.
The Office of International Relations wishes to thank the participants from the following institutes, without whom this scale of success could not have been achieved;
- Dr. Naresh Sharma – IISER Pune
- Ms Shyamala Iyer – IIT Bombay
- Mr. Mohammed Shakeel – IIT Kanpur
- Mr. O.P. Shrivastava – IIT Kanpur
- Mr. DileepBoro – IIT Guwahati
- Mr. Rajiv Gogoi – IIT Guwahati
- Prof. Swarup Kumar Mahapatra – IIT Bhubaneswar
- Dr. Anil Kumar Tripathi – IIT (BHU) Varanasi
Day 1 – October 30, 2014 – Hall #1, IC&SR Building
10:00 AM -4:00 PM
Delegates (IITM Coordinators) introduced themselves and briefed us on their roles and responsibilities.
The Dean of International & Alumni Relations, Prof. R. Nagarajan, gave a welcome speech with a focus on what the workshop is intended to achieve.
Presentation – Office of International Relations by Mrs. Kavitha G.R, Ms Vadhana Ramanan, Ms Vijayvani Samuel and Mr Arvind Sivamani. The presentation highlighted how IITM encourages and manages international mobility. The presentation was followed by a short interactive session involving all participants, where the various functions of respective international offices were discussed.
Post lunch, participants were given a campus tour (Heritage Centre, Centre for Innovation and Research Park) from 2.30 PM to 4.00 PM.
5.00 PM Onwards – International Day Events
Delegates were requested to join “International Day” at CLT (Central Lecture Theatre), an event organized by the Office of International Relations and students of IITM in association with foreign students.
Day 2 – October 31, 2014 – Hall #1
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ms Shyamala Iyer and Mr. Dilip Boro shared information on their respective international offices.
Please find the following presentations attached:
Participants were then divided into two groups. Each group worked on ‘Best Practices for Improving Mobility’ and on ‘Ideal Working Practice for Office of International Relations’. Each group was asked to imagine that they were making a pitch to the senior management team on the best practices based on which an Office of International Relations should function.
Ms Shyamala Iyer, Mr Rajiv Gogoi, Mr Mohammed Shakeel, Prof Swarup Kumar Mahapatra
- Internal communications to be top-notch.
- Externally, marketing and coordination to be pervasive.
- Different and new partnerships with foreign universities are likely to attract reasonable funding from MHRD.
- “Buddy” program @ IITM for international students is a successful venture, and has to be given priority.
- Cultural and academic diversities have to be highlighted while marketing home institution.
- Coordination and cooperation between IITs will be beneficial to all in the long run.
- Basic promotion has to be done by focusing on research profiles of faculty.
Dr Naresh Sharma, Dr Anil Kumar Tripathi, Mr Dilip Boro, Mr O.P Shrivastav
- ‘Understanding before memorandum’ is the focal point to be addressed before considering an MoU with any university.
- For this purpose, internal brainstorming within institute is required where the problems can be identified and possible solutions can be sought for.
- The institute’s collective intellectual capacity has to be showcased.
- External brainstorming session will help in addressing the problems collated in the internal brainstorming session.
- Having a region-wise dedicated staff will create a single-window solution for partner universities.
- This will help in branding of the home institution.
- Awareness of the same has to be spread to all partners.
- Funding for the International Office can be sought from promotion of projects and study abroad programs.
Consortium of International Offices
After the workshop session and lunch, the Dean of International & Alumni Relations stated that the international offices of all IITs should work with each other. This will pave way for mutual growth in the long run.IITs should collectively produce a brochure and a poster emphasizing the strengths of the IIT system as a whole.
Plans to host similar workshops on an annual basis were also discussed.