Kanpur Indo-American Program records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Records include correspondence among the Indian Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other consortium members; information about the development of academic programs; and administrative records such as Steering and Consortium Committee minutes and progress and annual reports. Faculty biographical and personnel files are also included.
- Creation: 1961 - 1972
- Kanpur Indo-American Program (Organization)
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The Kanpur Indo-American Program, 1962-1972, was a consortium effort of nine American educational institutions to assist in the development of an Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Michigan, University of California, Purdue University, Ohio State University, and the Case Institute of Technology were members of the consortium. The US Agency for International Development provided funds and Educational Services Incorporated administered the program. The program provided personnel from the United States; on-the-job experience to members of the Kanpur faculty at consortium institutions; and funds for equipment, materials, and books not available in India. A steering committee, composed of a faculty representative from each of the nine American institutions and a representative of Educational Services, was responsible for determining policy and recruiting faculty from consortium institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology was patterned after American technological institutions, but with an emphasis on recognizing and solving India's problems.
Five-year undergraduate degree programs in aeronautical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, and metallurgical engineering were offered; and research and graduate study in these fields as well as chemistry, mathematics, physics, social science, and humanities. The program was scheduled to continue until 1972, when India Institute of Technology became self-sustaining.
4.3 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box)
Language of Materials
The collection documents the Kanpur Indo-American Program, 1962-1972, a consortium effort of nine American educational institutions to assist in the development of an Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. Records include correspondence among the India Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other consortium members; information about the development of academic programs; and administrative records such as committee minutes and reports. Personnel and faculty files are also included
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Materials in this collection were initially designated as the Kanpur Indo-American Program records (MC-0152). Between 1994 and 1995 the former MC-0152 was redesignated as the Kanpur Indo-American Program records (AC-0334).
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- Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Kanpur Indo-American Program
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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