The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has launched the ‘IITM Young Research Fellow’ (YRF) programme to encourage students to choose a career in the field of research and application. This initiative has been made by the institute upon taking inspiration from the most successful ‘Super-UROP’ program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Further, the institute launched this YRF Programme. This new programme is available for the 3rd-year UG and Dual Degree Students at IIT Madras.
Through this programme, it enhances one-on-one interaction with highly experienced faculty members at IIT Madras. This programme will be helpful for the students to take part in cutting edge research programmes. Besides this, the candidates will gain several advantages in their personal as well as their professional career. Another programme namely ‘Career and Life Coaching [CLIC] is also offered to the students concurrently by the 1979 alumni.
Alumni Class of 1979 funds this project. On 10th July 2020, the Professor Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean [Alumni and Corporate Relations], IIT Madras, and 24 alumni of the 1979 batch globally have signed the MoU on behalf of the total 1979 Alumni Class. Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, the Director of the institute spoke about the significance of UG research for the institute.
He said, ‘IIT Madras has long been known for producing world-class undergraduate students. Today, IITM is very much a research-intensive university where world-class research is a daily pursuit. This program blends these two strengths by giving select undergraduate students an opportunity to discover the excitement of research early.’
The selected students of this program will be paid honorarium every month. They will also take part in an interactive lecture series on research skills. The alumni batch of 1979 also provides mentorship to the participants. Through this research programme, the students will be motivated to publish their research activities in renowned peer-reviewed international journals. Besides, they can even give a presentation of their work at high-quality international conferences. For taking part in such conferences, the students of YRF will get travel assistance. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational news.