Heritage Internship Program (HIP)

Rachna Lal
 M. Arch 2003
Swati Maheswari
 MS (Comp. Sc.) 2015



Facilitate summer internships in universities that complement student’s classroom learning at IITR, broadens their 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 talented students with a passion for research and learning.

  • Screen potential graduate and doctoral students.

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

Benefits for Donors

  • Support a program that promote professional, co-curricular and overall development of students.

  • 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 those available when you were in the same boat.


In the spirit of giving back to the alma matter, IITR alumni working as faculty may want to hire interns from IITR. This will encourage students to pursue higher studies and pursue a career in research.

Currently, students have no systematic way of reaching faculty members for internships. Most of them apply on their own and find a willing faculty to take them as an intern. This program will provide a systematic way to connect faculty to students and attract sponsors belonging to the same alma mater – a win-win for all!

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 interview and select student(s)

Typical Cost of Internship - An internship may cover:

  • Travel expense, living expense, and university administrative expense for documents processing 
    (IITRHF does not get involved in any documentation for visa-processing)

Internship Funding Resources - We expect that the funding may come from a combination of resources as below:
  • Faculty research grants, department or university grants, and student's own 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 Advisors (The list will grow as more faculty members come on-board)

Faculty Brief Bio Internship DetailsLink to Faculty Page

Prof. Vipin Kumar

Regents Professor,
Dept of Comp. Sc. & Engg.,
Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA 

-BE E&C '77, IIT Roorkee
-ME Electronics Engg. '79,
Philips International Inst., Eindhoven, Netherlands
-PhD Comp. Sc. '82,
Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Areas of interest: Data mining and parallel computing, Bioinformatics

Requirements: At least 3rd year Undergraduate or Masters) with an 8.5+ GPA (on a 10.0 scale)


Prof. Ananth Grama
Samuel D. Conte Professor,
Dept. of Comp. Science,
Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, USA

- BE Comp. Sc. & Tech '89,
IIT Roorkee
- MS, Comp. Engg. '90
Wayne State University
- PhD, Comp Sc '96
University of Minnesota

Areas of interest: Parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications.

His work on distributed infrastructure deals with development of software support for dynamic clustered and multi-clustered environments. More recent work has focused on resource location and allocation mechanisms in peer-to-peer networks. 

Brij Agrawal
Distinguished Professor,
Dept. of Mech. and Aerospace Engg, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA

- ME (Honors) Mech Engg.,
IIT Roorkee
- PhD Mech. Engg. '70, Syracuse University

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

S. K. Gupta

Smith International Professor & Associate Chair,
Aerospace & Mech. Engg. Dept, Viterbi School of Engg.,
Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

- BE Mech. Engg. '88 (Gold Medalist), IIT Roorkee
- MTech Production Engg. '89, IIT Delhi
- PhD Mech. Engg. '94,
Univ. of Maryland, College Park 
Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics


Laxmi Venkat
Carolina Trustee Professor
at Dept. of Earth Ocean and Environment,
College of Arts and Sciences, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

- BE (Honors) Civil Engg. '87,
IIT Roorkee
- MS Civil & Environmental  Engg. '89, University of Iowa
- PhD Civil and Environmental Engg. '96, Princeton University
Program Director, Hydrologic Sciences, National Science Foundation

List of HIP Recipients and Donors (Example listing of participating students and associated faculty)

Awardee Picture Awardee Details Internship Details Faculty Sponsor

Parth Gupta
MSc Applied Mathematics
Class of 2020

Parallel and distributed computing architectures, algorithms, and applications. 

Parth has 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

Program Chairs :  Job Description