All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
The small city of Mandi, India is a community of 60,000 located in the northwestern foothills of the Himalaya in Himachal Pradesh. Outside the center, in a quiet valley, the IIT-Mandi is one of the newest additions to the Indian Institute of Technology, known as a premier Institution of National Importance in India. It is the only IIT in the Himalayas, set on a 500-acre campus with views of the foothills. The immediate area balances wildlife with facilities, providing access to hiking, bird watching, and plenty of outdoor recreation. This IIT was founded in July 2009 with the vision “To be a leader in science and technology education, knowledge, creation, and innovation, in an India marching towards a just, inclusive, and sustainable society”. With several hundred new students enrolled each year, the IIT plans to grow to host 6,000 Indian students in the next decade.
We are one of two project centers that work directly with fellow students at a project site. WPI students join with third year IIT students to form collaborative teams that work together with WPI and IIT faculty on each project. WPI students are hosted on campus, live in dorms, have the opportunity to join the campus meal plan, and enjoy all use of the facilities.
In addition to IIT collaboration, IQPs in Mandi, India will engage community agencies, local governmental agencies, and NGOs on issues primarily of sustainability. The India Project Center themes feature the social and environmental dimensions of urban and rural infrastructure, and community and ecosystem resilience in sub-Himalayan or high mountain regions. We are seeking adaptable and committed students that are willing to participate a highly rewarding program under changeable and possibly challenging conditions.