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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IIT (BHU) Varanasi on Friday to start a joint doctoral programme in July next year.
It is the first time in the country that two IITs have come together to offer a joint degree programme.
IIT-Guwahati director TG Sitharam proposed the idea of a joint PhD programme during the 53rd IIT Council Meeting held in September last year.
“The vision behind the initiative is to build a “network of excellence” of all IITs rather than each one striving to become a “tower of excellence”, a statement from IIT, Guwahati said.
“Through this academic collaboration, both the institutes are expecting a significant boost to high-quality research and foundation for further academic collaborations,” the statement said.
Under the National Education Policy (NEP 2020), such educational reforms and academic collaborations between premier educational institutes will promote multidisciplinary academic programmes and research for encouraging and promoting a knowledge-based economy of the country.
“IIT BHU is considering starting a joint M.Tech programme on similar lines to provide multi-institutional and multidisciplinary M.Tech programs. IIT Guwahati has also agreed to be part of this initiative,” it added.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)