The IIT Kharagpur is concerned over the unsatisfactory human resource development in the country and to that end continues to initiate new academic programmes.
This year the institute has introduced the following courses:a dual degree course: B.Tech (Hons) in any branch of engineering and MBA, dual degree course: B.Tech in mining engineering with M Tech in safety engineering and disaster management in mines, M.Sc in statistics and informatics (5-year integrated M.Sc as well as 2-year M.Sc in economics), M.Tech in computational seismology, postgraduate diploma in steel technology and postgraduate management programme for officers of the Indian Air Force.Apart from producing world-class graduates, the institution has proved to be a powerhouse of knowledge of global reckoning and has earned the approbation of industrial houses, both within and without the country. The institute received 324 sponsored projects this year valued at around Rs 50 crore of which 158 are research projects and the remaining are consultancy projects from within the country and abroad.An MoU has been signed recently with the Orissa government for preparation of a Perspective Plan and a Comprehensive Development Plan for Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Urban Complex.The institute has also been spearheading the Technology Development Mission Phase II project in collaboration with all other IITs and IISc. In a bid to retain and induce exceptionally brilliant students into research, a high-value fellowship has been launched with the monthly scholarship of Rs 15,000.
A similar scholarship for women scholars, named after Ms Kalpana Chowla of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle, has also been launched.