Intern Diaries: SRIP GANDHINAGAR

Intern Diaries: SRIP GANDHINAGAR

Sohan Mishra | Mar 04, 2019

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Research Internships at the Indian Institutes of Technologies have become one of the most sought after internships to provide a stepping stone for research for a lot of individuals. Several well renumerated and well organised Research Internship programmes are rolled out by the Institutes individually. One such Internship is the Summer Research Internship Programme at IIT Gandhinagar. 3 meritorious students bagged the coveted internship after their 4th Semester in the Summer of 2018. Here we note their experiences at IIT Gandhinagar.

ROHIT DASH

Department: Chemical engineering

Period of internship: Post 4th semester

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar.

Application procedure:

I applied through the summer research internship program of IITGN. The portal opens in January. They have a basic CGPA criteria of 8 and the selection depends mostly on the statement of purpose. Also there was a small telephonic interview that my professor took.

Internship experience:

My project was titled Smart Materials.It was based on oscillatory reaction and how it was used to determine monosaccharide level in humans using a minimal setup.I was involved in the analysis part, made a real time script for analysing the reaction.

Duration was at least 8 weeks, I stayed till 10 weeks.We were provided with a stipend of 2k per week. There was no specific time per week that we had to clock but ,we had to maintain a Tuesday-Friday Diary where we wrote about our progress and plan for the next 3 days.

Life apart from internship was great. We were free to roam around the city with the institute bus, plus the programme arranged for extra curricular activities such as sports camp, cultural night and their cultural society would have movie screenings every week.

The hostels Facility and mess at IITGN we're great. Hostel dues was 2500INR a month or 100INR per day, whichever is less. A stipend of INR 2500 covered most of our expenses. They also provided for self cooking facility and the entire college has Wi-Fi facility so no problems were faced.

RASHMITA CHATTERJEE

Department: Electrical engineering

Period of internship: Post 4th semester

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar

Application procedure:

They had released a Google doc to fill up unlike other internship programmes. Not a very complicated procedure.You need to write a short statement of purpose, as an answer to one of the questions in the form and have to give your choice of professors from a list that they'll be giving. You don't require any extra document for this. I don’t very well remember the exact dates.

Internship experience:

My research was in the field of cognitive neuroscience. It is an amazing place for a research internship.

We had the perfect balance of academics and other activities like traveling and trying out cuisines. There was no fixed working hours. The labs were opened all the time thus we worked whenever we wanted to.

Everything was pretty flexible and the work environment wasn’t much pressurising. We were comfortably accommodated in one of the institute's hostels. Hostel fee was around 5000INR excluding mess fee.

BISWAJIT PRUSTY

Branch: Electrical engineering

Period of internship: Post 4th semester

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Gandhinagar

Application procedure:

I had applied under an internship program SRIP at IIT Gandhinagar. It was an online application process, the deadline of which was around 25th of February. The selection is at the discretion of the faculty. In the application form we need to fill up an Statement of Purpose (SOP) and various other details. The SOP always plays a crucial role in setting a priority. Then I was interviewed by my professor. I was given a short task to complete at the end of which I was taken into the program.

Internship experience:

My interning tenure was of two months stretching from 6th of May to 6th of July. We were paid a stipend of 16000INR a month. My project was titled as “Autonomous RC car” under the mentorship of Prof. Harish P.M. in his lab named Sysldea. IIT Gandhinagar though a new IIT is much ahead in terms of its research facilities than most institutes.

The internship program was very systematic as in we need to submit the reports for the progress of our work through an online journal termed as the Tuesday-Friday diary to keep a mark of the short term goals. There’s also a biweekly online report which highlighted the progress over two weeks. There was ample scope of leisure and the professors, mentors and fellow interns were on good terms through out.

We had a poster presentation in the end and various other workshops and guest lectures were arranged for us.The rooms were well furnished and hospitality was good. The mess food was commendable and the expenses were fulfilled under fair prices.

 

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