Greetings from UC Berkeley!
Raj Shekhar Singh (Kgp B.Tech, 2009, Biotech, RK) spent 8-weeks at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2008. He worked with Dr. Norm Miller, a principal investigator in the Energy Biosciences Institute, on biofuels research. As a result of Raj's experience, Dr. Miller has agreed to collaborate with Dr. Prasanta Sanyal in the Geology/Geophysics department at IIT Kharagpur.
This is an excellent example of how the collaboration is poised to enable IIT Kharagpur students and faculty to work with leading researchers and world-class research infrastructure. The collaboration has the potential of also being a catalyst in accelerating new knowledge creation,
and bringing new discoveries and innovation to the society.
In this way IIT Kharagpur can further enhance and differentiate its value in India and around the world. Therefore, we believe that UC Berkeley-IIT Kharagpur collaboration is an important part of building IIT Kharagpur for the 21st Century.
The key components of the collaboration include:
- 8-week summer research program for 12-16 IIT Kharagpur undergraduate students at UC Berkeley
- Faculty visits from UC Berkeley to IIT Kharagpur and vice-versa
- PhD program at UC Berkeley and IIT Kharagpur
- Joint research among faculty at the two institutions
Raj was one of eleven Kgp students who spent 8-weeks at UC Berkeley in the summer working with leading experts in biofuels, healthcare biotech, physics and geophysics. They had a transformative research and educational experience.
It is the kind of opportunity I wish we had when we were at IIT.
You and I can make this experience available to future IIT Kharagpur students. Your gift will enable students to receive an exceptional research and educational experience, strengthen the UC Berkeley-IIT Kharagpur collaboration and accelerate the possibilities for joint research in areas of strategic importance to the US, India and the global society - energy and healthcare.
In addition, if you are in an energy, biofuels, pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical diagnostics company you could also explore the possibility of your company supporting summer research program students, faculty visits, PhD program students, or research at UC Berkeley or IIT Kharagpur or both.
We are thankful to all the current sponsors of the collaboration - Energy Biosciences Institute, several UC Berkeley faculty members, IIT Foundation, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Sunil Gaitonde, Arjun Malhotra, Vasan Raman and Prabha Sinha. You will be pleased to note that Prabha Sinha is also proposing to provide seed funding for a Biofuels Center at IIT Kharagpur! (This is another example of how the collaboration is benefiting IIT Kharagpur)
Buildings are built one brick at a time. Likewise, your contribution, irrespective of the amount, will be a critical brick in building IIT Kharagpur for the 21st Century. You may contribute now by visiting the donation page and choosing "IIT Kharagpur UC Berkeley Collaboration" for your gift.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Wish you and your loved ones a very happy and prosperous 2009! (for more information on the collaboration and the 2008
summer research program please visit: http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=node/767 or
Shail Kumar ('87, ME, RK)
Past-President IIT Foundation
Senior Director, External Relations
College of Letters & Science