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Undergraduate research in India

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ZapperZ links to an interesting article from ScienceCareers in his physics blog, on the importance of undergraduate research.

From my experience, the opportunities for participating in undergraduate research are unfortunately quite limited in India. I believe that there’s a woeful lack of emphasis in this particular aspect of a student’s education.

The government should do more, and provide funding and opportunities for undergrad students. For example, in US, the National Science Foundation is an independent government agency which funds an Undergraduate Research Experience program in various universities

I’ve listed some of the summer research opportunities for undergraduates in India which I’ve heard of. Most of these programmes are open to students who’ve completed their 3rd or 4th years of their undergraduate degree.

Sciences and Engineering:

If you know of any similar opportunities for undergraduate research in India, please do inform me via the comments section.


Written by parseval

July 6, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Posted in science

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  1. Well, I was surprised to see blogs pertaining to mathematics in here.!I should’ve guessed with the blog address – parseval!
    Well, there’s a long story to why research never kicks off in India though a lot of money is allocated for research. And unless research picks up, undergraduate research programs never will 🙂

    Ajit Gopalakrishnan

    July 11, 2007 at 8:06 am

  2. also add IISc Bangalore’s KVPY 🙂

    any research centres for network security, crypto?

    Anirudh Sharma

    August 16, 2007 at 11:35 am

  3. Well though universities and institutions have not implemented an organised program , Its possible to take part in such activities with the professors. Looking at the current education scenario where JOBS AND PLACEMENTS are the most important factors which a student looks for in university . Why would a University implement such a program? I am doing such a research along with my lecturer relating to SE but I don’t get any stipend from the UNI neither can I expect some benefits . Its just exciting thing to do .


    August 19, 2007 at 1:07 pm

  4. well, iam really happy wen i saw ths blog because basically being an undergraduate student i am in search of such opportunities not only me many of the students are in need of it even i think government should take interest in this issue .atleast this help must be done for students by the government

    pravallika lekharaju

    December 10, 2008 at 5:48 am

  5. is this available for software students

    pravallika lekharaju

    December 10, 2008 at 5:56 am

  6. is this available for software students

    By software students, do you mean Computer Science? The Indian Academy of Sciences offers undergrad research fellowships in Computer Science and engineering.

    Their deadline is 15 January 2009

    Here’s a list of professors who are looking for students, and their fields of interest.


    December 12, 2008 at 1:00 am

  7. I definitley agree with you. Currently I am a third year student of B.Tech in engineering physics at IIT Guwahati. Even after being from a very reputed institute, I had to face many troubles in getting a intern during last year’s summer. At last, I spent my summer at IISc though but many of my other batchmates didn’t get any research experience

    Prateek singh

    January 14, 2009 at 2:14 am

  8. is there any research internship oppertunities available 4 pple from an arts background???i will complete my 1st year at economics hons this year from du….and am in search 4 a fruitful research intership…if there are any such oppertunities available,it’ll b really helpful 2 no


    February 21, 2009 at 3:35 am

  9. and info regarding ngo interships(research) are also welcome


    February 21, 2009 at 3:36 am

  10. Hi every1 i am an undergraduate student pursuing Btech 2nd completed 2-2 sem exams . I am from electronics and communications background and being a student from a college having no reputation i could not make my passion of doing research interns so i have done my own research basing on the provided opportunities of IEEE and now i hav done research on interactive electronic nervous system can anyone tell me where to publish my paper and how to approach for the opportunities

    Phani Kumar Yadavilli

    June 2, 2009 at 5:58 am

  11. Hi everyone,
    For 1st yr. undergraduates, if you are really interested to learn and enter into the field of scientific research the National Initiative on Undergraduate Science (NIUS) is the best program. Only 1st year undergraduates can apply.

    Rohit Chikkaraddy

    July 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

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