Apr 25, 2021

Experiential learning programs sustain vitality

Experiential learning programs have persevered during this global pandemic. The India Gateway office has supported three programs that generated experiential opportunities for students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in the current academic year.

The Frontier Center Scholar Program, proctored by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay – Ohio State jointly established Frontier Center for Science and Engineering, supports collaborative research between a doctoral graduate student from either university, a principal investigator at IIT Bombay and one at Ohio State. The scholar will complete at least one semester of research at the host university. This initial collaboration will act as a catalyst for a sustained, extramurally funded, collaboration between the co-investigators. Now in its second year, the program announced its roster of scholars in March.

The Fisher College of Business Office of Global Business has two Global Applied Projects (GAP) underway with corporate partners in India. GAP is an experiential learning course that prepares students for global business through an immersive, hands-on business consulting experience in a location outside of the USA. The 10-week long team projects led by MBA students are conducted in a virtual format and are sponsored by Tata Steel and Indian Hotels Company Ltd.

Administered by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Research Internship for Young Academics (RIYA) supports eight undergraduate students from India with the opportunity for a 10-week long virtual project with Ohio State faculty mentors. Chosen from a pool of applicants that exceeded 200 this year, the students are representing the Bombay, Kharagpur Madras and Tirupati campuses of the Indian Institute of Technology. The prestigious RIYA award is fully sponsored and provides each student with a rewarding learning experience that is designed to help strengthen their knowledge, leadership and research skills. By participating in this unique program, students will develop an understanding of graduate-level studies, which will position them to have a successful career in an academic or industrial research and design setting. The internship experience commences in May.

The India Gateway is proud to facilitate the experiential learning opportunities while working closely with academia and industry partners in India. For more information, visit