INTERN DIARIES: IAS Summer Research Fellowship Programme

INTERN DIARIES: IAS Summer Research Fellowship Programme

Team MM | Oct 08, 2018

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PAUSALI PRADHAN

Current Academic Year- 3rd

Department: Civil Engineering

Place of Internship: IIT KHARAGPUR

Application Procedure:

The Indian Academy of Sciences puts forth the Summer Research Fellowship Programme (SRFP) for students and teachers all over the country every year. This summer internship brings under its umbrella B-tech and Dual degree 2nd and 3rd-year students, B-Arch 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-year students and several other streams including MSc and Integrated Ph.D.

The date of application begins from the end of September and lasts till 30 November. The applicant needs to fill up the form available in the following websites:

www.ias.ac.in; www.insaindia.res.in; www.nasi.org.in

Once the portal gets opened, the applicant can fill the form furnishing his/her personal details, educational qualifications, and other important information. The following are the documents which are required from the applicants.

Statement of Purpose (SOP): The IAS calls for a short write-up stating the student’s interests in research in a specific area. Since the word-limit is 150-200, the applicant must cautiously wrap up the SOP touching the necessary skills that would vividly reflect the passion for research.

Letter of Recommendation: The applicant must provide the contact details of one of the professors of his/her department (not necessarily HOD). The Academy directly mails the professor for the recommendation letter.

Documents: The scanned copies of the 10th, 12th, and B-tech mark sheets must be uploaded. This sums up the application procedure.

Result: The lists of the selected applicants are published in the website by February. The applicants must keep checking the list as it gets updated subsequently. In the list itself, the student gets the name of the guide and the institution where he/she would pursue the summer internship for a minimum of 56 days.

After this, the applicant can directly get in touch with his/her guide and fix the dates and accommodation facilities concerned with the internship.The IAS provides a stipend of 10000 INR per month and also the travel allowances.

My Experience:

In summer 2018, I received a fellowship under the Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) and worked at IIT Kharagpur under Prof. Debasis Roy.

My project was titled, “Influence of pH and salt and biopolymer concentration on pore fluid compressibility due to carbon dioxide produced by bacterial population hosted in a sand matrix.”

I initiated with thorough literature reviews and in order to practically estimate the dissolution of CO2 in pore-water and study its effect on the physical properties of pore-fluid, an experiment was set-up. I summed up the work in a research paper which is presently under review at IAS.

Overall, it was a great learning experience where I laid a foundation stone in research and got through the fundamentals of geotechnical engineering.

ABINASH AGASTI

Current Academic Year- 3rd

Department: Electrical Engineering

Place of Internship: IIT GUWAHATI

Application Procedure:

Apply for the summer internship at Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) website. I recommend checking the IAS website regularly from September to November. In the website, you have to give details of any of the professor of our institute who would recommend your name to the IAS. In your write up you have to mention your choice of interest. The IAS would then allot you as per your choice of interest.

My Experience:

The project that I did in my summer internship was related to mobile robotics, or more specifically swarm robotics. The exact premise of the project was to design an algorithm for a group of low functionality robots with limited processing power, running in a distributed fashion to obtain the result of reaching a maximum number of discrete points in a generalized 2D Euclidean plane. This can be directly applied to a rescue operation where the discrete points to be reached are people waiting to be saved and the group of robots decides how to optimally save the maximum number of people in a given time-constrained situation. The optimum design of the algorithm would have been a distributed algorithm running in the robots with a dynamic programming approach and proper load sharing using wireless communications and networking. But due to less time, I designed an algorithm for a single robot that uses a combination of a dynamic and greedy mechanism.

This was under the guidance of Dr.Partha Sarathi Mandal, Professor in Mathematics Department, IIT Guwahati. The lab in which I worked at was a computer lab of the Department of Mathematics. It was a really great environment having very powerful machines in the latest Ubuntu environment. I learned quite a lot in the two months I was there. It was very hectic but the environment there was also very good apart from the extremely humid conditions.

PUNYATOYA PANDA

Current Academic Year-3rd

Department: Life Sciences

Place of Internship: Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad

Application Procedure:

The application procedure is through IASC INSA NASI scholarship or the Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship. One can apply for that before the deadline in November and has to upload some documents along with a Letter of Recommendation. Also, you need to write your Statement Of Purpose, based on your interest, according to which the scientists would be choosing you. Once selected, they would give the travel allowances along with the stipend for two months. Only the hostel and mess fee has to be borne by self.

My Experience:

I got a chance to work at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad. I worked under Dr. Rajkumar Banerjee, Principal Scientist in the Department of Applied Biology. They give the travel allowances but only the second class sleeper fare of the nearest route to Hyderabad. But in case the candidate is traveling by air or A.C. train then they are provided with the minimum fare of the second class. My work was primarily based on Cancer Therapeutics using liposomes. I used one of their previously prepared cationic lipids to formulate liposomes along with anticancer drugs and natural extracts, which could selectively target the glucocorticoid receptor in cancer cells and kill them without causing any harm to normal cells. We synthesized the liposomes, tested them on a variety of mouse and human cell lines. All the scientists were very wise, practical, helpful and cooperative and taught me many scientific techniques. Most importantly it was not simply based on textbooks or theory but practical and very interesting. Hyderabad is a wonderful city, and I got to explore it too. It was like a dream come true. It was the best phase of my life where I got a chance to do what I yearn to do for the rest of my life-Scientific Research, following the footsteps of my mother who too was a scientist and did her Ph.D. in Medical Entomology. I aspire to fulfill all her incomplete dreams and that is the sole aim of my life.

 

BISWAJEET SAHU

Current Academic Year- 4th 

Department: Electrical Engineering

Place of Internship: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Center, Durgapur       

Application Procedure

There is an application form that is made available on the IAS site in September till November. It only remains open for some time, so keep a regular check. In the year 2017-18, this form was to be filled by the end of November. There are various scanned copies of documents required to be sent in that form. Write your Statement Of Purpose (under the heading “Area of Interest”) wisely, include any details of any research related work you have done. It’s always an icing on the cake to have some work to back you up. Write it in such a way that any reader would understand you have a genuine interest in the field. You are also required to have one professor who knows you really well as he will give your Letter of Recommendation. When all this is done then comes the hardest part is when will the list of fellows will be declared. The results are out with your name, the guide (prof) who chose you and his institute.

Experience

I worked with Dr.Soumen Sen (Principal Scientist) CMERI, Durgapur. My project was" Developing a Distributed Control Hardware for Control of Flexible Joint Manipulator". The experience was so awesome that it is inexplicable in words alone. You learn so much in those two months that you have never learned so far. You come to know what research is! You come to know what you have to pursue in life. It's an unforgettable experience that will help you frame your career.My guide and the other scientists and students of CMERI were very supportive. I was given the freedom to work in my own way. There was not much stress. I was given all the hardware components required for the project and it did not matter much even when I burnt a few components. Apart from work, hostel life was fun too.

The project proposal which I submitted with the IAS application was in Robotics, but after contacting my guide personally, I came to learn about their ongoing project which was sponsored by DRDO on developing an actuator. So, when my guide asked if I was interested to work on Flexible joint Manipulator which was somewhat similar to my final year project which is Visual Servo Control, I agreed to it. The project was to design the various circuits for the controller and this can be used in future applications. All together it was worth it. I learned a lot in those two months.

SHUBHAM PANDA

Current Academic Year- 3rd

Department: Electrical Engineering    

Place of Internship: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Center, Durgapur        

Application procedure

Apply for the summer internship at Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) website. Regularly check the IAS website from September to November. In the website, you have to give details of any of the professor of our institute who would recommend your name to the IAS. in your write up you have to mention your choice of interest. The IAS would allot you as per your choice of interest. For ex:- my interest was robotics. I was allotted Dr. Soumen Sen of CMERI who is a senior research scientist in R&A at CMERI. The selection procedure is simple. You need to have decent CG at the end of the first year(>9 is very decent)to easily get selected in it. The research environment over here is incredible. Remember to have a good write-up as at the end of the day, that matters significantly.

My Experience

I worked towards developing a distributed control hardware for control of flexible joint manipulator is a subproject of the DRDO. Although 2 months is too less a time for doing such projects but under the guidance of Dr. Soumen Sen, I made significant progress. The work experience was really awesome. By the end of two months, PID control of Maxon motor, I2C communication, real-time clock(RTC) was studied. The knowledge gained in this buildup was considerable. You need to have some basic Arduino knowledge to carry out this project.CMERI itself provided all the accommodations. Per day charges were 120 (hostel and food), that would not be a problem as you would get INR 20000 as a stipend.

 

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