Cooper Union & Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Establish a Student-Exchange Program

November 05, 2013

Prof. Devang Khakhar (seated, left) with Pres. Bharucha and others at the October 26 signing (photo: India Abroad/P. Rajendran)

Prof. Devang Khakhar (seated, left) with Pres. Bharucha and others at the October 26 signing (photo: India Abroad/P. Rajendran)

The Cooper Union and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a student-exchange program between the Albert Nerken School of Engineering and the renowned engineering and technical institute. The Memorandum was signed in a ceremony in Cooper Union’s Rose Auditorium on October 26.

“The Cooper Union is honored to participate in this agreement with IIT Bombay which is recognized worldwide as a premier institute for engineering education,” President Jamshed Bharucha, who signed the Memorandum, said. “The Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay is the most selective engineering school in India, and has played a crucial role in sparking the global technological revolution over the past few decades. This is an important relationship for Cooper Union as our two institutions have much in common and we are both highly selective. Technology leaders increasingly are working in a global context, so giving Cooper students exposure in a very different part of the world would be an extraordinary opportunity. The experience will enrich our students’ engineering education while providing an important cultural experience.”

Starting in the 2014 academic year, two students from each institution will enroll for one semester of study in the other institution.  The students must be undergraduates in their junior or senior year, or graduate students enrolled in the home institution for at least one semester.  The exchange students will come from any of the engineering disciplines common to both institutions: mechanical, civil, electrical and chemical engineering. The host institution will provide economical housing to the exchange students who will pay tuition only at their home institution. The participants will bear travel and living expenses.

Ruyintan (Ron) E. Mehta, a graduate of IIT Bombay, has donated the cost of airfare for two IIT and two Cooper Union students for the first year of the exchange. "My wish is that no student be denied an opportunity to study in a foreign institution of equivalent prestige and repute based on his or her ability to pay,” Mr. Mehta said. “I have been the beneficiary of the superb education imparted to me at IIT Bombay and US Graduate schools at little or minimal cost and this is the least that I can do for other students."

“The student exchange will help lead to greater collaborations and partnerships between the two institution,” Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT Bombay, who also signed the Memorandum, said, noting that the two institutions “had a rich tradition of nurturing excellence.”

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.