The humanitarian arm of IT giant – Infosys Foundation has signed a MoU with IIT-Kharagpur to provide travel fund (especially for women) for students who are invited to attend ‘Top International Conferences'. Infosys Foundation will also fund the research on the antiquity of Indus Valley initiated by the collaborative efforts of IIT-Kharagpur and Archaeological Survey of India.
Infosys Foundation Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murty and Director of IIT-KGP, Partha Pratim Chakrabarti have jointly undertaken this initiative.
Murty said that it will be beneficial for students to study ancient civilizations as it will help them in understanding the culture back then while advancing with the modern education. Infosys Foundation will be funding both the programmes as they are of academic importance.
Murthy is part of the board of governors at IIT-Kharagpur and had also donated Rs. 5 crore to Presidency University. The initiative will be an inspiration for women to become research scholars and will showcase innovative ideas that can be published as journals or papers.
More than 250 students attend international conferences and seminars every year. Murthy will be offering Rs.20 lakh as fund from her own resources to provide financial support for female students who want to attend such conferences.
International conferences pay a key role in networking and students get to meet a lot of scholars and teachers from across the globe. This is very beneficial for students who want to pursue doctoral and postdoctoral programmes.
A committee appointed by IIT-KGP will shortlist 8 to 10 female candidates on merit basis. These students will be provided funds by the Infosys Foundation to attend top international conferences.