Exchange Diaries  

By International Relations Cell

Outbound Diaries 2019

Arijit Majumdar | Mechanical Engineering

University of Manitoba, Canada

Research Area: Conjugate Heat Transfer

Duration: 3 Months

1. How did you apply for FT?

Ans : I was selected for a scholarship program known as MITACS. While applying we have to select 7 projects out of the given list in the portal according to our preferences. Then we may have to face certain interviews before getting finally selected for the program

2 . How did you manage your finances there?

Ans: MITACS scholarship program provides you with about 8000 Canadian dollars which is more than sufficient to cover all my expenses. It included all the travel, food, accommodation and also the visa expenses

3. On a lighter note, how was your stay in Canada?

Ans : My stay in Canada was really good. We tried different food and met a lot of people from diverse backgrounds. During my stay there I also went to Niagara Falls. overall I really
enjoyed my stay there in Canada.

4. How is the approach of students present there different from us in terms of academics?

Ans : I would say that their approach is less theoretical than us and is much more focused on practical aspects rather. I even attended a few lectures there and realised that professors there don’t usually indulge in deeper mathematics and rather focuses on the concept itself.

5. Why do you think that foreign training is important?

Ans: You get an idea about how the research is going outside of India. Also, the work experience counts particularly if you are interested in going for higher studies abroad. You also get to know how different research is in different countries. Also the experience that you get is very important.

6. How important is CG to go for foreign training?

Ans : A good CGPA basically increases your chances to go for FT. But if we are persistent than even a guy with a normal CGPA may get a good FT opportunity. A low CGPA would leave a bad remark in the professor’s mind and thus decrease your chances to go for foreign training.

7. What would you suggest to your fellow Kgpians who aspire to go for foreign training?

Ans : I would advise avoiding mass mailing. Try to read research papers from where you would get to know in which field various professors are working. Keep your eyes open for the various scholarship programs which you can avail and try to explore various fields before setting your interests.