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Mandi, India is located in the northwestern foothills of the Himalaya in Himachal Pradesh. In this quiet valley, the IIT-Mandi is one of the newest additions to the illustrious Indian Institute of Technology family, premier Institutions of National Importance in India. It is the only IIT in the Himalayas, set within a community of 60,000 with a 500-acre campus in a serene river valley. 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 this year, the IIT plans to grow to host 6,000 Indian students in the next decade. WPI is the proud recipient of a US Department of State grant that will support our groundbreaking collaboration with WPI IQP students hosted at the IIT in India beginning in 2013. As part of this award, airfare to India and back will be offset with a reimbursement of up to $1,825.00 per student. This may leave a balance of no more than a couple hundred dollars depending on your city of departure and the cost of airfare in 2014.
IQPs in Mandi, India will involve diverse collaboration with the IIT students and faculty, with community agencies, and with NGOs on issues of sustainability. Likely topics will feature the social and environmental dimensions of city infrastructure, rural resources including land use and water quality, and community resilience in mountain regions. We are seeking adaptable and committed students that are willing to participate a relatively new program under changeable and possibly challenging conditions.