Exchange Diaries  

By International Relations Cell

Outbound Diaries 2019

Mrityunjay Sharma | Electronics and Electrical Communication Engg.

University of Malaya, Malaysia

Research Area: .

Duration: 2 Months

Why did you think FT is essential?
Foreign Training gives you excellent exposure to the latest technologies used for the research purpose. By the end of my tenure, I had a broad view of research. Also, my project was more inclined towards industrial, so I got to know more about the working of Industries and in Kuala Lumpur.

How did you apply for Foreign Training?
I applied for FT through direct mailing. I started mailing in November, and fortunately, I got accepted in my earlier process of mailing, followed up by a video conference with the professor I got accepted to do a project under his guidance.

How did you manage your finances?
My internship was funded by my professor and the stipend, which I received covered all of my expenses as Malaysia isn’t that expensive.

How was your stay in Malaysia?
It was great. To my surprise, Kuala Lumpur is an immaculate city and has a sound transport system. The people over there are helpful and friendly. Food was never an issue for me.

Role did your CG play in getting FT?
In my case, CG didn’t matter at all. CG does matter much if you apply through any program or for a scholarship. But if you are mailing directly to the professor, your skills are what they are looking for. Most of the professors only accept those whose skills are required in the research work they are pursuing.

What would you suggest to the fellow KGPians who aspire for an FT?
Be patient. Most of the time you don’t get a reply from professors at all, as they get hundreds of mail so it is quite natural that they might not have looked into your mail. You have to wait for their reply very patiently and at the same time try to mail others too.
Also, have a backup plan ready if at all you face some problems like I also encountered a difficulty where my visa got rejected at first. And due to this my tenure over there decreased from 2 and a half months to one and a half month.

Interviewed by krushnasis