IIT Kharagpur on Thursday approved the Semester Away Programme (SAP) where its students will now get the opportunity to study in some of the top universities of the world for one semester even before they complete their degree.
This initiative is very different from the students exchange programmes offered by other institutes in India, including the IITs themselves, a statement from IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) said.
"Here a student will be able to choose an institution in India or abroad and the courses offered by them. They would choose the courses, take the approval of the faculty and apply. The university does not necessarily have to be the ones we have MoUs with. If chosen, they will be able to go and study there for one semester or for a maximum of two semesters," said P.K. Das, Dean, Post-Graduate Programme at the institute.
The third year B.Tech students and second year M.Tech students with CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) score of 7 or above will be able to apply for SAP.
The students will also have to ensure that they have no academic backlog and no pending disciplinary action.
"On successful completion of SAP, students will stand the chance of getting their credits here waived against the credits earned through SAP. It will depend on the courses they opt for," said Sriman K. Bhattacharyya, Deputy Director of IIT-Kgp.