Educational institutes and industries are gradually adapting global approaches, making it essential for students to acquire more skills and comprehensive knowledge. The director of IIT Gandhinagar, Sudhir K Jain, said that the students need to have a mindset that is adaptive and flexible to help them work in cultural settings which are different. International collaborations provide students with opportunities to pursue an internship in foreign countries which ultimately increases their global exposure.
He said that the IIT alumni across the world is responsible for felicitating international collaborations and providing such internship opportunities to students. IITians have a vast global network which helps them make alliances with foreign universities and pave the way for international students and the visiting faculty to come to the institutes of India and bring their global perspective.
In most institutes, students have to find and apply for the internships by themselves. IIT Gandhinagar, however, has a different way. It has a central system called Career Development Service which deals the entire process of foreign internships. Jain said that the faculty’s involvement makes it more credible for the aspiring students while also increasing the chances of them availing the opportunities.
He further said that universities of India should tailor collaborations with foreign universities so as to provide their students with student exchange programmes. Indian students need technical knowledge and the international students are fascinated by Indian history and politics and want to learn more about it. Summer internships in foreign institutes offer several benefits to students while also getting them abroad mentorship.
A fourth-year student of B.Tech, Aagam Shah, went to Texas A&M University for a summer internship and told about how the experience was different. He said that nowadays industries look to hire people who have practical knowledge which is not provided in most of the institutes of India because of the lack of necessary facilities. He learned extensively about polymers, 3-D printers, fibres etc. in a short span during his internship in Texas.