Heritage Internship Program

Program Chair :  Job Description

Rachna Lal
 M. Arch 2003



Facilitate summer research internships in academia to complement classroom learning at IITR and broaden student's outlook and research goals

Benefits for students

  • Conduct research with leading faculty in reputed universities

  • Interact with research students

  • Explore graduate and doctoral programs and advisers

Benefits for faculty

  • Find bright students with a passion for research and learning

  • Screen potential doctoral and post-doctoral candidates

  • Know that your guidance made a difference in someone’s life

Benefits for donors

  • Support a program that promotes students in academia

  • Be a proud sponsor of a program to enhance the learning of students from your alma-mater

  • Gratitude of being able to provide opportunities far greater than that available when you were a student

Basic steps for faculty and student

  • Willing faculty advertise positions online at IITRHF, and set the minimum requirements for applicants
  • IITR students apply online at IITRHF
  • Faculty interviews and select student(s)

Typical cost of internship - An internship may cover travel, boarding, lodging, and administrative expense for documents processing 
         (IITRHF does not get involved in any documentation for visa-processing)

Funding resources - Faculty grants, department of university grants, and student's personal funds
                                             (Remainder of the needs may be supported by IITRHF based on resources under this program)


  • Role of program chair and co-chair is of match-maker and to facilitate the funding process.

  • IITRHF will list possible opportunities on website after confirming with participating faculty.

  • Students will apply through an online application form for these opportunities.

  • Program chair and co-chair may help shortlist the qualifying applicants based on agreed-upon/ pre-determined criteria.

  • Faculty members will then review shortlisted students and may interview them as needed.

  • Program chair and co-chair will review applications as frequently as needed.

  • Approved grant will be disbursed to the faculty or to student as appropriate case by case.

If a student finds an opportunity in any country on their own and seeks support from IITRHF, such a support will also be considered by the committee on case by case basis.

Apply Here: Application Form

Participating Faculty (The list will grow as more faculty members come on-board)

Faculty Brief Bio Areas of InterestLink to Faculty Page

Prof. Vipin Kumar

Regents Professor,
Dept. of CS, 
Univ. of Minnesota, USA 

-BE E&C '77, IITR
-PhD CS '82, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, USA

Data mining and parallel computing, Bioinformatics

t least 3rd year Undergraduate or Masters with 8.5+ GPA 


Prof. Ananth Grama
Samuel D. Conte Professor, Dept. of CS, Purdue Univ., USA

- BE CS&T '89, IITR
- PhD CS, Univ. of Minnesota, USA

Parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications.

Development of software support for dynamic clustered & multi-clustered environments. Recent work focused on resource location and allocation mechanisms in peer-to-peer networks.

Prof. Brij Agrawal
Distinguished Professor, 
Department of Mech. & Aerospace Engg, Naval PG School, Monterey, CA, USA

- ME(Hons) Mech Engg., IITR
- PhD Mech. Engg., Syracuse Univ., USA

Spacecraft design, acquisition, tracking and pointing, jitter control, and adaptive optics control for imaging spacecraft, laser communications, and high energy laser beam control.

US citizen or resident, due to the school being a US Government facility

Prof. S. K. Gupta

Smith International Professor,
Department of Aerospace & Mech.  Engg., Univ. of Southern California, USA

- BE Mech. '88 (Gold Medalist), IITR
- PhD Mech. Engg., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, USA
Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics


Prof. Laxmi Venkat
Carolina Trustee Professor, Dept. of Earth Ocean and Environment, Univ. of South Carolina, USA

- BE (Hons) Civil Engg. '87, IITR
- PhD Civil & Environmental Engg., Princeton Univ.,  USA
Program Director, Hydrologic Sciences, National Science Foundation

Prof. Alisa Piekny
Associate Prof, Dept. of Biology, Co-Director, Centre for Microscopy, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

- PhD Univ of Calgary, Canada

Gain a stronger understanding of how the cytoskeleton is regulated during dynamic events such as cytokinesis and cell shape change (morphogenesis)


List of Awardees

Photo Name ActivityHost Faculty Sponsor

M.Sc. Applied Maths
Class of 2020

Research, Purdue University,
Lafayette, USA,
Summer 2018

Worked on: Novel classification algorithms to determine storms from satellite images, expected to be incorporated in an ISRO satellite in 2018.

Prof. Ananth Grama
Purdue University, USA


B.Tech Biotech Eng
Class of 2020
Research, Concordia University,
Montreal, Canada,
Summer 2019

Plan to work on: Characterizing Novel Anti-Cancer Drugs
Prof. Alisa Piekny
Concordia University, Canada