Heritage Internship Program (HIP)

Rachna Lal
 M. Arch 2003
Swati Maheswari
 MS (Computer Science) 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 open positions online at IITRHF. Faculty may set the minimum requirements for applicants.
  • IITR student applies through online form on IITRHF.
  • Participating faculty interviews and select student(s). 

Typical Cost of Internship - An internship may include:

  • to-and-fro travel expenses 
  • living expenses (varies from location to location) and 
  • university administrative expenses for supporting documents etc. 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
  • 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 at the University of Minnesota,   Department of Computer Science and Engineering

BE IIT Roorkee (formerly, UOR), India, 1977

Areas of interest: Data mining and parallel computing, Bioinformatics

  • at least 3rd year student (or Masters only etc).
  • at least 8.5  GPA (on a 10.0 scale)

(Link to more details about the internship)



Ananth Grama

Professor of CS, 
Purdue University
BE, University of Roorkee, Computer Science and Technology (1989)
MS, Wayne State University, Computer Engineering (1990)
PhD, University of Minnesota, Computer Science (1996)

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 multiclustered environments.
More recent work has focused on resource location and allocation mechanisms in peer-to-peer networks. 


Brij Agrawal

Distinguished Professor
Director, Adaptive Optics Center of Excellence for National Security
Director, Spacecraft Research and Design Center
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1970
 ME (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Roorkee

He has developed teaching and research programs in 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, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department,
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing,
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California

Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee  in 1988. (Gold Medalist)

M. Tech. in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989.

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994
Computer Aided Design,
Manufacturing Automation,
and Robotics

Laxmi Venkat
Carolina Trustee Professor
at Department of Earth Ocean and Environment,
College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina


  • Princeton University Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1996


  • University of Iowa M. S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1989


  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee B.E., Civil Engineering (Honors), 1987

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
IMSc 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

Program Chairs :  Job Description