The students would also benefit personally through a career and life coaching program concurrently offered by the 1979 alumni, a press release said on Saturday. "IIT-Madras has long been known for producing world-class undergraduate students. Today, IIT-M is very much a research-intensive university where world-class research is a daily pursuit," IIT Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said. "This program blends these two strengths by giving select undergraduate students an opportunity to discover the excitement of taking up research early," he said.
The Young Research Fellow project has been funded by the 1979 batch and it was signed on July 10 by IIT Madras dean (alumni and corporate relations) Mahesh Panchagnula on behalf of the alumni, the release said. Accordingly, a year-long program and up to 20 fellowships were planned to be unveiled in the first year. The applicants would be selected by a committee, comprising senior faculty members, the release added.