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02 Oct. 2016 / IJEP Internship Program, Students' Voice

IJEP Internship Program 2016     Keshav Patil (IIT Kharagpur)

IJEP Internship Experience


IJEP is one of a unique life time experience one is privileged to have and wouldn’t be able to thank it enough. Let me start with my experience chronology. When I  got to know that I was selected for a summer internship under the India-Japan Industry-Academia-Government Collaborative Education Program, my happiness knew no bounds at all as this was the first time I was going to travel abroad and that too Japan – The Land of the Rising Sun.  You would be given a list of around 20 Labs and asked to put forth your preference for which one you would like to work with. I was selected in the Shiomi Lab based on my preference.


The internship was totally funded with air tickets too, how  could one ask for  anything more!  but that is not where it stops. I received such heart warming welcome on my first day at The University of Tokyo, one that I could never forget. The splendid architecture of the campus, especially the arcade would take you by awe.








20 Sep. 2016 / IJEP Internship Program, Students' Voice

IJEP Internship Program 2016     Suraj Aggarwar (IIT Kharagpur)

1) Brief Introduction

Research Internship plays a very important and crucial role for someone to explore his field of interest and also open other career opportunities. It’s not  only about having industrial experience in one of the world class university but you also get to know about their hospitality, cultural-diversity, social-technological innovation and lifestyle.
This Year I did internship at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, JAPAN which was a unique experience for me. It’s research environment also encourages me to go for further studies. There are many project from all field of engineering. Previously in Dec,2014 I had attended a course on High-Speed-Railway under ISWT Course, so I chose to go for project related to Railway and Transportation Engineering, which is one of my field of interest.

2) What was the selection procedure? Any specific tip for getting selected(regarding CV/Projects/Recommendations)?

I got selected through India-Japan Education Program (abbreviated as IJEP, collaborative industry-academia-government linking effort) which was just started in 2015. The Program was only open for several IIT and IIM. Filling application form starts in mid-November. Application was very easy to fill up. You have to create an account on their portal and then proceed step-by-step. The steps include detailing your personal information, educational background, CV & transcript, previous research internship and area of interest. Apart from this, you have to write Statement of purpose (don’t copy and paste, some novelty has to be there, if you really want to get selected) and one letter of recommendation (which has to be uploaded separately on their portal by professor). SOP and previous experiences was very important in any selection procedure, so try not to make any false assumptions.

Every institutions will like to invite student based on their GPA, so higher GPA gives you an edge over applicants with lower GPA, but other factors also mater a lot.

3) What was your project?(Some details about it)

I worked on Weigh-In-Motion System (abbreviated as WIM), a reliable weighing method in transportation engineering which used to overcome great damage to the road caused by the overweight vehicle and to solve the traffic security problem & the transportation market risks. I was expected to verify the numerical and experimental analysis with simulation analysis(software used SIMPACK).

4) How was the work atmosphere? How did you utilized the free time? How was the accommodation/food?

My campus was near-by Tokyo. Tokyo is really a good place to live. Everything here are very user friendly and goes in a systematic way like public transportation system. It’s has the best combination of modern and traditional Japan within. People here are always ready to help you even if they have to go out of their way. It is one of the most populated area of Japan and have large no. of foreigner too. I loved to experience this multi-cultural society which gave me a chance to connect with people from all over the world. The working atmosphere was pretty enjoyable. We get to know about their work culture. Their was no such restriction of working hours, we were free to work on our pace. There were many students from different countries working in my lab. Interaction with many research scholar, postdocs and professor is plus point in any foreign internship. We participated in event Tanabata and Bon-dancing during International gathering, attended tea ceremony. Weekends are completely free, so we explored many parts of japan. My personal favourite places in Tokyo include, “Ueno Park”, “The Imperial Palace”, “Odiba(statue of Liberty replica)”, “Akihabara”, “Akashi Kaikyo Bridge” etc. We visited kobe earthquake memorial park by Shinkansen, climbed Mt. Fuji till 8th station (faced -5 degree Celsius over there). About accommodation, we were group of three people (2 from IIT-KGP and 1 from IIT-M) sharing a apartment near university. Food was quite expensive there, so I used to cook most of the time with my roommate. For Vegetarian people, its not that difficult to find food of your choice, You will easily get Indian grocery shop near a place called shin-okubo.

5) How does this intern help in your long term career goals?

These types of Research Internship open new options for you at international level. Pursuing higher studies is one of the option, there are many more. In a country like India, technology transfer is much needed step to develop and prosper. You will love to stay here forever once you visit. Honestly Japanese language will not be a big problem for you as we have more than 385 language throughout India but we are still connected. The technology/Equipment’s which we use here are just the best known throughout, so JAPAN is the best place for Technologist.

6) Conclusion.

I will conclude that an international internship is breakthrough for undergraduate student to explore his interests and many opportunities. It is not only about getting technological exposure, handling new equipment but you will also get a chance to experience a new learning environment, cross-cultures, lifestyles, languages etc. You will meet people from different areas. Most important thing, you are the one who are going to represent India and its culture for a very short period of time. All these things make you feel proud and confident.



04 Sep. 2016 / IJEP Internship Program, Students' Voice

IJEP Internship Program 2016     Dipasha Sinha (IIT Kharagpur)


Brief Introduction

I’m sure everyone understands the importance of Internships not only as a crucial part of the curriculum followed here, but also as a direction to future career goals. I aimed to go for a foreign internship in my third year summers, and like most fellow KGPians I spend a large time of my 5th and 6th semesters mailing to professors and applying to different programs. The mailing part (sadly) did not turn out to be very good for me, but I managed to get selected in an internship program at the University of Tokyo

Selection Procedure

 The program I had applied to is known as IJEP (India – Japan Education Program). Information on the programme had come in through the CDC notice board. The selection procedure was quite simple. I had to make an account in the online application portal for the program. One choice of project/ host lab had to be given. Also, it required academic transcripts, a letter of recommendation and a personal statement describing your motivation behind applying for the internship and research interests. Selections are made solely on these and there aren’t any further interviews. There weren’t any cg cut-off for the program but (obviously) a higher cg improves the chances of getting selected.


My Project

My host laboratory was primarily working on tissue engineering and regenerative medicines. My work specifically was to prepare oxygen releasing scaffolds that release oxygen in a controlled manner, and to test the feasibility of developing thick tissue constructs with these scaffolds. I was also helping my mentor on another of his projects which involved determining the effects of pressure on cells.

Work Atmosphere

The Japanese are usually known to be insanely workaholic and true to its word, there were people in my lab who spent about 10-12 hours in the lab everyday. It was, in fact, a very conducive environment and even though i wasn’t expected to follow a strict work schedule, but it encouraged me to spend more time working in the lab. I got a chance to work with some of the best facilities available for research and interact with some of the most talented researchers in tissue engineering field. There were three more intern students in my lab from different parts of the world and interacting and working with them was a very enjoyable experience.

Apart from all the manga shops, the weekly cosplays, the hi-tech stuff, the bullet trains, the neon-lit skyscrapers, Tokyo is also an insanely pretty place with the cherry trees and traditional houses and shrines. There were a few other people from India and we explored a lot in and around Tokyo. We climbed Mount Fuji, which is one of the best experiences in my life. The university also sent us on an excursion to Kobe to see a supercomputer, and also in the process, gave us a chance to ride the bullet train. We were also given Japanese lessons, attended tea ceremonies, experienced the cultural fest of the university of Tokyo (around the end of may), some international parties were hosted by the university for the students, and a few barbeques hosted in my lab.

Intern And Long Term Career Goals

Before the internship, I wasn’t very sure if I wanted to pursue research as a career option. But I was really inspired by the work culture and my interaction with various professors, postdocs and PhD students there, and I hope to take up research in the future.


I want to conclude by saying that going for an international internship is always a good idea; not just for the much better research facilities and techniques, but also to gain a different perspective on people and cultures from different parts of the world. The cross cultural work experience goes a long way in personal development







↓Here’s Ms. Dipasha Sinha’s website



08 Dec. 2015 / Research Report, Students' Voice

Research Report     Yuya Nishigaki (UTokyo)

Report of Delhi Metro Rail Cooperation

  1. Information

The construction of Delhi Metro is now in the phase 3. In the phase1, 65km metro line was constructed and 108km metro line was constructed in the phase2. In the phase3, the construction of 106km line is planned. The most of the tracks of Delhi metro are the standard gauges. The main reason for it is that they can use the standards of the other countries easily, reduce the weight of the coaches, and reduce the cost a little. If they use the broad gauge, the trains can go to the Indian railway’s track directly. However, so many problems will occur. The routine maintenance is very important for the subway because it is very difficult to reconstruct or repair the subway.

  1. Construction site of viaducts







I went to the construction site of the viaducts. Figure1 is the picture of the station which is under construction. The station except the roof is made of concrete and the roof and its supports are made of metal. The design of the station, especially the roof was so good. The roofs of the Japanese stations look very cheap. So I think it have to be replaced for 21 century. About inside of the station, it is characteristic to paint the color directly to the wall in comparison of the Japanese station. And, I thought the concourse of the every station is bigger than Japanese one. It is because security check space is needed in the Indian station.

figure2  figure3figure4

Figure2                                    Figure3                                 Figure4

Figure2 is the picture of the construction site of track. The point I noticed was that thorough curing was conducted by using some curing material. Another point was that the rails for preventing derailment were made of concrete. Japanese ones are made of metal. I think the reason why there is the deference is that about Japan, the rails for preventing derailment were not considered when the design was determined. And in case of ballast track, it is a little difficult to apply concrete rails for preventing derailment. Figure3 is the picture of the side wall of the viaduct. The characteristic point of this is that there is space on which people can walk very safely. In Japan there is no space like this on the viaduct. If this space doesn’t exist, people have to walk on the track when an accident happens. The track condition is not good for walking. I thought this space was very good. Figure4 is the picture of the viaduct which was taken from the below side of the viaduct. The post-tensioning method was applied to these new viaducts. On the other hand, it was not applied to the viaducts of Yellow line, which is constructed in Phase1. The concrete parts of the superstructure were made in the factory, transported from the factory to the construction site, assembled in the construction site and post-tensioning method were finally applied to the assembled concrete parts. About quality of the concrete, I could recognize the joints of the concrete when I got closer to the concrete walls. I thought the construction site of the viaduct was relatively clean but the garbage should be collected properly for escaping accidents and keeping the good working environment.

  1. Construction site of tunnels


Figure5                                                                         Figure6

I went to the construction of the tunnels. Figure5 is the picture of the construction site of the underground station and the tunnels. The excavation was almost finished. At the time of the excavation, they made the soil wall first which was hardened by using cement milk, the supports of the soil walls like struts were equipped, and the excavation was conducted. The number of the supports were relatively less than that of the construction site of Gaikan Expressway in Tokyo. It is because the soil of the bay area in Tokyo is softer than that of this construction site. The measures for safety was better than I expected. The fences for preventing people from falling down were installed. In comparison with the Japanese construction site, there are very few sign for inform someone of the danger. However, in comparison with the site in Vietnam, I could feel relax because of the measures for safety. Figure6 is the picture of the tunnel which is made by the TBM method. This is the method that tunnel boring machine excavates ground first, after that, the concrete members are assembled, and concrete rings are made. Because this concrete members are made in the factory, the quality of the members were excellent. And the accuracy of the tunnel was also good. Each member was bond to the soil by the ground anchor. They have the parts the shape of which is like a key in its edge and each member was bonded by these parts. Though the site tours, I was impressed to the quality of the viaducts and tunnels especially precast members. And I amazed at the hugeness of the station. In Japan I felt there are few big stations. It is because of the space for construction. I was happy to experience of the hugeness of the Indian infrastructures.

15 Oct. 2015 / IST India Report

IST India Tour 2015 Report     Yoshiaki Tsuganezawa (UTokyo)











13 Oct. 2015 / IST India Report, Students' Voice

IST India Tour 2015 Report     Daichi Murakami (UTokyo)

1 世界に触れて

この旅中に手にした一番大きなもの。それはインド人の素晴らしさとか、相対的に日本を発見し たとか、まして旅行の楽しみだとかではない。何十年も憧れ、なかなか機会を得ず後回しにしてい た日本国外への渡航。しかもただの渡航ではなく、その土地で、私と同じ分野 (情報工学) で未来 を睨む企業や、同年代の学生との交流の中で、見えていなかった自分野の可能性、そして世界の近さを意識した。これはかけがえのなく、そして得難い意識だ。本報告では、知らず知らずのうちに遠ざけていた世界が近くなったこと、情報工学の可能性の 2 点に焦点を当てたい。

2 世界に抱いていた距離

2.1 壁

だいたいの日本人学生にとって壁となり得るのが言語なのは仕方がない。それは私にも同じく当てはまる。怖くて TOEIC や TOEFL など受けられたものではない段階の学生が身の回りも含め、 相当数いる。(私の属しているクラスタに偏りがあるのは否めない。)私においても、TOEIC は 1 度も受けたことがなく、自分の英語がどのレベルかは知らない。中・高時代に培った限られた文法 とわずかな単語、そして研究を通じて知った専門用語のみ。当然ながらリスニングテストなど満足にできた試しなどない。

私のような学生には世界は異常に遠い。よく「英語を覚えるには留学が一番」などと吹聴される が、その留学のための資金獲得には TOEIC のスコアが必要なわけで、タマゴが先か、ニワトリが先かの論に行き着く。

2.2 中国・インドの両学生との交流を通して

ホテルで同室の張さんが中国人だったので、図らずもこの旅中で、インド人学生、中国人学生との交流が出来た。張さんが日本語を操らないため、否応にも会話は英語になってしまうが、想像した以上に普通に意思疎通ができた。(もちろん張さんの涙ぐましい努力もあったのだが。)意思疎 通の内容は端目では拙いものに違いないが、不安だったリスニングに関しては、別にテストと違ってなんども聞き直せばいいだけだし、文法だってめちゃくちゃだったけれど、専門用語さえ使えれ ば、ほぼ単語だけでも十分に意味のある交流ができた。私にとってこのことは大きな驚きだったし、幾分も壁が低くなった。張さんからも、「別にそれだけ話せるのなら海外に行けばいい。日本にいる限り英語はそのレベルのままだろうけど、もし行けばずっとよくなるから。」と自身の経験 を交えた励ましをいただいた。

本筋からは逸れるが、私と彼ら海外の学生の間に気づいた共通の、違いが 2 つある。

2.2.1 会話の手続き

日本人、特に関西人として、私は、まとめた一連の話をまず受け取って、それに対する反応を返 すという動作をコミュニケーションの礎として据える。ボケ(話を筋から逸らす)とツッコミ(話 を筋に戻す)の例を思い浮かべるのだが、とりあえずは話を聞かなければならない、というのは暗 黙のうちにそうだろうと思っていた。今回初めて外国人の中に混じって議論をしたのだが、彼らの 話はいつまでたっても終わらない。会話をするためには、割って入らなければならない。当初は 割って入るということに、異常なストレスを感じていたが、これだけでは全編に渡って聞き手に留 まってしまって、これもストレスだった。最後の方にようやく、こちらからも発信することができ たが。異なる手続きの相手と話すことは、英語云々の前に、かなりの慣れを要することが身を持って体感された。

2.2.2 確実な意思疎通の方法

どうやら私の会話速度は遅い。普段無意識に意識していたことだが、一度で理解してもらうため に、文の構成や、選ぶ単語などに不断に気を使っている。彼らにしても、理解をしてもらうために 話をする点は間違いないが、違うのは、何度も繰り返し同じことを言う点にある。曖昧な思いつき をとりあえず口にして、何度も繰り返すうちに次第に FIX して、確実な理解を求めていくという 流れになるため、途切れることなく、かつ高速に語りかけてくる。実際に議論と言う場でこれに遭 遇し、これには終始閉口し通しだった。言葉を発する時に、ものすごく考えてしまって、結局自分 の中で納得して言えず終いだったことがたくさんあるが、せっかく会話なのだから、なんらか行ってみて、フィードバックの一つでももらえばよかったと後悔がある。

3 情報技術の可能性を世界に見て

インドを回り、インドに見出した問題点は数多い。例えばゴミ、そこらじゅうにゴミが打ち捨 てられおり、非常に不衛生だった。絶対的に信号が少なく、交通の状況も劣悪だ。道を渡る時は、 ジェスチャーで車を静止しつつ、壊れた信号を横目に横断しなければならない。また、これは学生 から聞いた話だが、警察の汚職がひどいらしい。例えば交通事故や交通違反をしたとして、チップ を握らせれば目をつむってもらえると言う。とりあえず、インドに住みたいとは心の底から思わなかった。

3.1 制御への情報技術のアプローチ

先に見た 3 つに関して、インドには制御機構が圧倒的に欠けている。日本においては、制御の主 役は人のように思う。警察の汚職がそこまでひどくはないし、ゴミを捨てる人も回収する人にも一 定のモラルがある。交通だって、基本的には横断歩道を信号が青の時に渡るという意識が、我々全 員に与えられている。(信号がなかったり、あったとしてもだいたい壊れているインドにては、そ の意識は芽生えないだろう。)このような制御は、本来情報技術が得意とする分野であるが、前述 の通り日本においては、長年培った人による制御が完成されていて、そこに情報技術が入り込む余 地がない。ただ、もともとこの制御機構がないインドなど、また数多くのインド以下の水準の国な どへは、根底から構築できる余地がある。

汚職の制御。廃棄物の制御。交通の制御、個々の事例について、日本に完全なものがあるかと言えばそうではないし、日本でも必要とされているが、問題が表面化しにくいのも相まって、意識が い。ただし、インドにおいてこの欲求は相当あると思われる。特に今から都市を作っていこうと している段階で、根底からデザインしていこうとインド人学生は考えていた。これは実際に議論したインド人学生が「スマートシティ」なる言葉を使っていたことから推測する。インドを含め、無 数の途上国という、日本とは比にならないくらい大きな市場に、このような形で情報技術が金になる可能性を感じたことは、非常に励みになった。(無論ここでの途上国という言葉の対象が、幾分か大きいことは、了承いただきたい。)

4 終わりに

日本の市場は狭い。それは土地であれ、人口であれ明らかだ。そして、入り込む隙間がほとんど ない。対して世界には多く可能性があるのに、私は壁を前にして実感ができていなかった。こと IT に関すれば、日本のように’ 既に出来上がった’ 政治や医療の根底に、もはや参入することが難 しい。ただ、世界にはまだ、これから構築していこうとしている場所が数多くある。これはチャン スだ。日本企業がインドにおいて成功している事例、苦戦を強いられている事例などを実際にみ ると、先手に回るか後手に回るかが、成功と失敗をわかつような気がする。世界に転がった IT の チャンスに対して、先手を取って、一攫千金のチャンスをモノにしたいと心から思った。世界に対 して不要な壁を感じていたままであったら、私は後手に回っていただろう。この重大な意味におい て、思いのほか世界の近さが実感できた今回の視察は、かけがえなく意味のあるものだった。



図1 交通状況俯瞰: 歩道はなく。信号もない。

図2 打ち捨てられているゴミ

図3 打ち捨てられているゴミ

図4 とにかく歩道のゴミは凄まじい

図5 情報技術による出席管理。日本では良心にまかせられている部分。

図6 食べ物: 同じ色で同じ味。ちなみにこの中に一つブロッコリーがある。

08 Oct. 2015 / IST India Report

IST India Tour 2015 Report     Takato Matsuo (UTokyo)













また自分と同世代の学生と交流する中で、外国の自分と同じ分野を学ぶ学生の存在を強く意識しました. それはうれしくもり、少し焦りも感じました.