Ain't No Mountain High Enough




In the last few weeks, several students of NITR had bagged international internships. In the wake of recent events, Team MM caught up with a few with of the fortuitous scholars who have bagged the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship and German Academic Exchange Service heading across the world to Canada and Germany to work on their respective projects during the summer break.

For all those who are unaware, the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam. Each year from May to September, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of a Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. It is available at over 45 universities across Canada. 

The names of the fortuitous few:


  •  Asit Kumar (ME)                         Reyrson University, Toronto
  • Vedanshu Dash (EE)                    University of British Columbia – Vancouver
  • Sujata Mahapatra (CY)               University of British Columbia – Vancouver
  • Partha Sarathi Gouda (EE)          University of Calgary
  • T Satish Kumar (CR)                   University of Laval, Quebec City
  • Ashirbad Pradhan(BM)                University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Sagar Kumar (EE)                        University of Ottawa, Ontario
  •  Ajay Singh (EE Dual)                   UBC Vancouver
  • Debmalya Mallick (ECE)              University of Toronto
  •  Mekap Subhasis Pattnaik (PH)    University of Manitoba
  •  Swayam Trupta Panda (PH)        University of Victoria


Criteria for Mitacs Globalink Research Internships:

Pre-final or Final Year Student at an accredited educational institution

Minimum CGPA : 8


A Mitacs Globalink Research Internships application is comprised of the following documents:

Technical Proposal by the Applicant

Transcript of the applicant in English

Recommendation Letters from the Educational Institute of the applicant

Current C.V. of the applicant

No Objection Certificate and Conflict Of Interest Letter if needed

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship covers all the accommodation and refunds for the travel expenses are reimbursed. 

According to Vendanshu Dash, a pre-final of Electrical Engineering of NITR, the process for this internship includes two main parts: the application and skype interviews after the application is vetted.

The most vital thing that counts while applying for Mitacs Globalink Research Internship are the extra projects that the applicants have worked on during their second year summer or any other time should be relevant to the 7 projects that they have chosen for the Internship. In case it’s not relevant the application may not be up for consideration. 

Although the reimbursement is paid by Mitacs initially the student has to bear the initial travel expenses which some of the financially weaker students might find hard to arrange.

Since the internship begins from May 6th and runs up to the first week of August, Ashirbad Pradhan, another pre final of Bio-Medical Engineering of NITR was skeptical that the administration of NITR would provide the required extension.

On the hand, German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD (German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) is a private, federal and state funded national agency for the institution providing higher education in Germany. It represents 365 higher education institution in Germany consisting 100 technical universities, 162 universities of applied science and 52 colleges of music and art. DAAD itself does not offer any study programs, it offers merit based scholarship for study or research at any of the accredited German institutions. DAAD is one of the world’s biggest academic grant organization.

DAAD is offered to the students in subcontinent based purely on merit. DAAD as opposed to other scholarships works in different manner. The DAAD applications start in July and final date sometimes gets extended till December. The students have to first contact the professor on their own with whom their area research matches. This is the most tedious job, and on average it requires sending mails to around 200 professors, before getting a reply. Then the applicants need to explain the professor about the DAAD program, of which he might or might not be aware of. Then a lot of documentation needs to be done, before the application can be sent for scrutiny by the DAAD committee which convenes in Delhi. 

The following students were bestowed with the prestigious DAAD scholarship: 


  • Anmol Dalmia (CS Dual)                Techniche Universitat Chemnitz 
  •  Satya Sundar Sahoo (EE)               Hoschule Aalen
  • Sindhu CM Gowda (EC Dual)          Hochschule Bremen University of Sciences
  • Sohan Kumar Ghosh (MM Dual)     University of Duisburg-Essen


According to Anmol Dalmia, 3rd year Computer Science Dual Degree student says that most important criteria of the scholarship is the CGPA (required being around 9). They only provide a fixed amount of money every month and lump sum for travel purpose. The students have to make their own accommodation arrangements. Most of the application process has to done by the students, not much involvement of the college is required.

Team MM congratulates the student for bagging these prestigious scholarships. And wishes them success in future endeavors.