The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT Hyderabad), has been providing scholarships to students from various countries, including Bangladesh.
Located in Kandi village in the Sangaredi district of Telangana, India, the institute spans approximately 600 acres of land and has become a preferred destination for international students seeking higher education.
IIT Hyderabad offers diverse opportunities for education and research in modern disciplines such as engineering, technology, architecture, arts, psychology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI), and the sciences.
On October 20, a delegation of Bangladeshi journalists visited the institute in India. During this visit, Professor Budaraju Srinivasa Murty, Director of IIT Hyderabad, presented a comprehensive overview of the institute's higher education activities to the delegation.
According to Professor Murty, IIT-Hyderabad is currently ranked third among all technology institutes in India.
He highlighted the Fellowship for International Research Scholars in Technology (FIRST) Scheme, through which foreign students can pursue a Ph.D. with full financial support. To be eligible for this program, students interested in studying at IIT Hyderabad need to have a minimum CGPA of 8 out of 10.
Under the FIRST scheme, students receive a monthly stipend of Rs 60,000 and a research assistance grant of Rs 1 lakh per year. This fellowship program spans four years.
Applicants with a master's degree in any subject related to engineering or technology, along with strong academic performance, can apply for this fellowship opportunity, as stated by the Director of IIT Hyderabad.
The institute is already engaged in discussions with Dhaka University regarding possible collaborations between the two institutions. Additionally, IIT Hyderabad encourages students from all universities to apply for admissions.
Scholarships at IIT Hyderabad are awarded on the basis of merit, and students from various institutions worldwide are afforded the opportunity to study through the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between IIT Hyderabad and different universities.
If any university in Bangladesh expresses interest in similar collaborations, IIT Hyderabad is ready to offer assistance and enhance facilities for Bangladeshi students.
IIT Hyderabad has established a joint doctoral degree program with Swinburne University and Deakin University in Australia. As a result, the number of Ph.D. students enrolled at the institute has been steadily increasing, with 370 students joining in the year following the admission of 230 students in 2020.
Professor Tarun Kanti Panda, the Dean of the International Relations Department at IIT Hyderabad, expressed the institute's desire to welcome more students from Bangladesh and affirmed their commitment to collaborating with Bangladesh.
Regarding institutional partnerships, Professor Tarun explained that there are currently no formal connections with any university or institute in Bangladesh. However, if an institute from Bangladesh reaches out, IIT Hyderabad is open to exploring possibilities for increased cooperation.
With its extensive infrastructure, IIT-Hyderabad has the capacity to educate at least 25,000 to 30,000 students.
In addition to providing high-quality higher education, IIT Hyderabad offers abundant opportunities for research. Every year, around 100 startups are established by students. Notably, Waris Ali, an Afghan student, has invented a technology that enables real-time monitoring of a patient's pulse rate during surgical procedures, improving the precision of medical interventions. The success of this device has garnered recognition as a significant advancement in the field of medicine.
Currently, Abul Hasnat from Chandpur and Utpal Kumar Ghosh from Satkhira are pursuing their studies at IIT Hyderabad. Hasnat is the first Bangladeshi student admitted to the institute. He completed his BSc at Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology (DUET) and was preparing for higher education abroad when he came across the IIT Hyderabad scholarship circular. Following online interviews, he successfully secured his scholarship.
Utpal Kumar, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at MM College in Jashore, also applied for the scholarship after discovering the notice on the website. Through a series of online interviews, he also secured a fellowship.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad offers high-quality education across a wide range of fields, including artificial intelligence, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, chemical engineering, climate change studies, civil engineering, computer science engineering, material science and metallurgical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, physics, chemistry, liberal arts, design, entrepreneurship, and management.