The African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) are pleased to invite applications through the IIT Kharagpur and AARDO Scholarship to the Master of Science (by Research) Program , offered by IIT Kharagpur at the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering as well as Centre for Rural Development and Innovative Sustainable Technology.
This course will exclusively be focused on the On and Off Farm related technologies that will not only reduce the drudgery of rural communities in the Global South but also help them in attaining self-sustainability.
The MS (by Research) Programme at the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering as well as the Centre for Rural Development and Innovative Sustainable Technology is an exciting opportunity for the international students to pursue their passion and make a positive impact in the world of agriculture. The students are provided with the unparalleled education in the latest technologies and approaches. Additionally, our cutting-edge research opportunities and developments provide students with the chance to gain real-world experience.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Architecture from a recognized Institute or University for a minimum of four years duration with at least 60% marks or a CGPA 6.5 (in 10 point scale).
MSc. Degree in appropriate Sciences or a relevant discipline from a recognized Institute or University for a minimum 3 + 2 years duration with at least 60% marks or a CGPA 6.5 (in 10 point scale) in Science subjects or 55% marks or CGPA 6.0 (in the 10 point scale) in the case of Humanities/Social Science subjects.
Candidates having a Master Degree in the relevant field should have a minimum of 5 years of working experience and person without a master degree in the relevant field should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience as per the nature of experience given below:
Nature of Experience: His/Her Working experience should be directly from the field at the level of execution or supervision or in the relevant field (Monitoring, Evaluation or Policy Planning) in the Ministry in the areas of specialization or in academic and research institute.
Type of Organization: Agriculture or allied Departments of the Government or Inter0-Governmental Organization or Academic and Research Organization.
Normally the maximum age of candidate shall be below 35 years on 1st January of the year in which the admission is applied for. However, the age limit can be relaxed to 45 years for candidates who have extensive experience in the field.
Foreign nationals with an eligible degree from Indian Universities will be treated on par with Indian nationals for admission. Foreign nationals with foreign degrees must meet the minimum educational requirements equivalent to an Indian Master's degree in the relevant disciplines. Foreign students are expected to have a working knowledge of English.
If the medium of instruction for their qualifying degree was not English, applicants must produce proof of proficiency in English - IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 (overall) or a TOEFL score of 80 (overall). Test results should be dated no earlier than 15 September 2019. Foreign nationals can only register as full-time scholars.
All the applicants should have a good academic record.
The Selection Committees may set higher evaluation criteria than the minimum eligibility criteria listed. The selection, admission, and award of the MS degree shall be governed by the ordinances of the senate of IITKGP.
IIT Kharagpur and AARDO Scholarship programme provides financial assistance to the students who are dedicated to their studies and have outstanding academic performance. At IIT Kharagpur, we also offer mentorship, career advice, and workshops to ensure that you make the most of the experience. We are confident that you will have a fulfilling experience with us and look forward to helping you achieve your academic goal.
- Last Date for submission of the online application in a prescribed form along with the self-attested copies of the relevant testimonials to the AARDO portal: MARCH 28, 2023
- Last date for the submission of the online application and the relevant documents by the shortlisted candidates (1st Round of shortlisting) to the IIT Kharagpur ERP Portal: APRIL 16, 2023
- Call Letters for Interview to be sent to the shortlisted candidates (2nd round of shortlisting) : APRIL 20, 2023
- Interview Date: MAY 08, 2023
- Offers Letters to be sent to the selected candidates: MAY 23, 2023
IIT Kharagpur welcomes foreign students to apply for its doctoral programs. Please fill up the preliminary application form as the first step. Applicants with excellent undergraduate and graduate academic records are asked to appear for a video interview. The Department/ School/ Centre may put additional requirements for admission.
Click here to view the Doctoral Flyer.
To know more, contact your academic mentors, HoD and Dean of Academic Faculty. You are also encouraged to contact faculty members in your area of specialization.
IIT Kgp offers Joint Doctoral Programs (JDP) with its partner institutions. JDP provides students with an exclusive opportunity to live and study in both countries during their candidature and earn their doctoral degree jointy awarded by the partner institutes. The thesis is evaluated by each Institute according to its own rules and the joint nature of the work is acknowledged in the degree certificate(s).
The Institute provides various levels of financial support to JDP students such as one round-trip international travel to the partner institute. Further details regarding support may be found from Dean (Post Graduate Studies and Research) and the Academic Section.
Click below to know more about the programs with the respective universities.
For frequently asked questions about the Joint Doctoral Degree Programs, click here.
IIT Kharagpur welcomes foreign students to apply for its masters programs. Please fill up the preliminary application form as the first step. Applicants with excellent undergraduate academic records are asked to appear for a video interview. A valid GATE score may substitute for the video interview for admission into MTech programs. Likewise, a valid JAM score may substitute for the video interview for 2-yr M.Sc. admission. Please contact the appropriate Department/ School/ Centre for the cut-off scores in GATE/JAM. The Department/School/ Centre may put additional requirements for admission. To know more, contact your academic mentors, HoD and Dean of Academic Faculty. You are also encouraged to contact faculty members in your area of specialization.
Admission into IIT Kharagpur's undergraduate programs (along with all other IITs) is only through the Joint Entrance Exam - Advanced (JEE-Advanced) conducted by the Joint Admission Board (JAB, website https://jeeadv.ac.in/). An Indian student must first appear in and qualify in JEE Mains Examination (organised by the National Testing Agency, website: https://jeemain.nic.in/webinfo/Public/Home.aspx) in order to appear for the JEE-Advanced test.
JEE Mains is conducted only in India while JEE Advanced is conducted in India as well as in select foreign locations (currently Singapore, Dubai, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Addis Abbaba, and Colombo).
Candidates of Indian origin, regardless of citizenship, are treated at par with Indian nationals in matters of JEE and therefore must appear for JEE-Mains in order to qualify for JEE-Advanced.
Foreign nationals, as defined below, are exempt from taking the JEE Mains and can directly appear for the JEE Advanced.
The relevant excerpt from the 2018 JEE Brochure is reproduced below:
" Eligibility criteria for Foreign nationals :
Candidates who are NOT citizens of India (by birth or naturalized), do not belong to PIO/OCI category, and whose parents are not citizens of India and do not come under PIO/OCI category at the time of registering for JEE (Advanced) 2018 are treated as foreign nationals. Seats allotted to foreign nationals are supernumerary with a cap of 10% of total number of seats in every course. However, the seats allotted to PIO/OCI card holders will be under the OPEN category, but not supernumerary.
Foreign nationals are outside the ambit of reservation of seats under the OBC-NCL, SC, ST and PwD categories as specified herein. "
This student exchange program covers a funded short-term visit by students between IIT Kharagpur and foreign Institutions/Universities on a reciprocal basis. The visiting student must be a full-time student enrolled in a degree program in his/her Home Institution. The nature and extent of funded support shall cover one or more from:
In case your University does not have an MoU or agreement with IIT Kharagpur on student exchange, you may still plan to visit. Please see Short Term Visit below and contact the Office of International Relations.
The link to the program's Flyer is-Flyer
The link to the program's Poster is- Poster
to view the generic Short-term Reciprocal Student Exchange Program Agreement.
Foreign students of recognized Institute/University interested in carrying out
Course work / Research not leading to a degree
may visit IITKGP for a short period of not exceeding two consecutive semesters
with the intervening summer/winter term.
For more information refer to the following link: