Kochi: Lab-X Foundation, a non-profit organisation and a participant of the MIT’s Global Ideas Challenge, has launched a pilot programme in collaboration with Startup Village at Kochi, which will facilitate much-coveted internship opportunities and outreach programmes in some of the engineering colleges in the US.
“Most Indian engineering schools have a tremendous lack of R&D and entrepreneurial effort to build a robust high-tech environment. Save the IITians, majority of the students do not have any global exposure or hands- on learning experience,” Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Director of Lab-X Foundation and a doctoral student at MIT, said from Boston. “However, there are some extremely bright students in these smaller colleges who do not get the right resources. Lab-X Foundation is set to address this problem by organising structured programmes to promote research, innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the country and build the next generation leaders”.
Foundation was co-founded by Sampriti, Ketan Dande and Chris Garry with an objective to provide students in developing countries with opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience. It has collaborated with scientists at some of the top notch national laboratories, like Fermilab, and will be mentoring students to avail summer internships at such places.
Ketan Dande, Associate Director of Lab-X Foundation who was recently in Kochi promoting Lab-X, is visiting engineering colleges in Kerala to create awareness about this opportunity.
Lauding the collaboration with Lab-X, Sanjay Vijayakumar, Startup Village Chairman, said this would give a tremendous fillip to students who have the ability and conviction to launch their own start-ups. He also announced that expenses of students chosen for the internships would be paid by the host institutes while Startup Village would foot the bill for their airfare and visa fee.
“We aim to give college students a global exposure of the best universities and labs in the world even while they are studying with an aim that our best minds can come back and use the knowledge gained for the benefit of our society. However the internships are extremely competitive and are meant for highly motivated students,” he said.
Kerala IT News