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IIT Kanpur-Drexel Global Collaborative PhD Program

Dual Degree Programs: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Biomedical Engineering–Drexel, & Bioengineering–IITK) Program

Between Drexel University (United States) and Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)(India)

Drexel University’s Collaborative Dual Doctoral Degree (PhD) Program with Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, which is formerly known as IITK. 

For dual PhD Program, the students will complete required course work at host institute and continue doing research for two years, thereafter, will switch over to partnering institute to complete remaining research in next two years. The mentors and research projects, at both sides would be pre-identified and approved following respective university policies. The student’s requirement, and course credits at either institute would be transferrable, following respective institutional norms. Thus, the students would be getting the opportunities to work at two different universities, two mentors/co-mentors, and upon successful completion, will talk out with two PhD degrees in hand (BME / BMS of Drexel, and BioEngr / BioSci of IITK) (as applicable).

About Drexel University

Drexel University is consistently ranked among top 100 (82nd best Engineering School), and 15 largest private universities in the USA. Founded in 1891 and headquartered at Philadelphia, PA, Drexel now engages with students, academicians, scientists, and community around the world. Drexel is one of Philadelphia’s major engines for economic development in the region. Drexel holds very high standards in education, research, and innovation; and is one of the oldest and most successful providers of online degree programs. Founded in 1961 as the United States’ first Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute, Drexel BIOMED has been recognized as a model of interdisciplinary collaboration within Drexel University. Biomedical Engineering Master’s Program of Drexel is ranked among top programs in the United States and having high diversity on campus. Drexel Biomed is also popular for their innovation and technology commercialization in this field.

About IIT, Kanpur

IITK is a public technical and research university of India, one of the first IITs, declared to be an institute of national importance, and consistently among top 5 in nation. Founded in 1959 as part of Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP), spread over 1055 acres with 108 buildings, headquartered in metropolitan city of Kanpur (India), During the first ten years of its existence, a consortium of nine US universities (namely MIT, UCB, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Case Institute of Technology and Purdue University) helped set up IIT Kanpur's research laboratories and academic programs under KIAP. IITK is conveniently located in proximity of Lucknow (~65 km) and New Delhi (~400 km) International Airports. IITK’s Department of Bioscience and Bioengineering (BSBE) was established in 2001 with the vision of conducting cutting-edge research, education and training in biomedical and bioengineering and basic biological science is among top in India, having undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degree programs. IIT Kanpur has set up the Startup Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), aiming to aid innovation, research, and entrepreneurial activities in technology-based areas. SIIC helps business Start-ups to develop their ideas into commercially viable products. A team of students, working under the guidance of faculty members of the institute and scientists of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have designed and built India's first nano satellite Jugnu, which was successfully launched in orbit on 12 Oct 2011 by ISRO's PSLV-C18. Recently, Center for Engineering in Medicine is set up at IITK campus integrate departments of engineering, bioscience and bioengineering, sciences, medical school and hospital, cognitive science, and incubation center. Now, IITK has taken a forward step with International Graduate Education and Research in Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Science in partnership with Drexel University of Philadelphia (United States).

Contact at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK)

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Department of Biological Sciences & Bioengineering (BSBE), IITK, India

For additional information, please contact DU-IITK program directors, Dr. R. Sankararamakrishnan ( or Dr. Dhirendra Katti ( or Dr. Suresh Joshi, ( (Liaison)

Contact at Drexel University

Drexel Dragon

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
Philadelphia, PA, US

Depending upon the course student has successfully completed at IITK, the Drexel graduate director will advise about which Drexel courses the student has to take and complete. The students are advised to contact Graduate Program Director at Drexel upon admission. For additional information about this program, enquire to Dr. Suresh Joshi ( or Dr. Andres Kriete (

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