MIT - India Program

Pham Nguyen's Dream The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA) International Science and Technology Initiatives, known as MISTI, connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. This international program is a pioneer in applied international studies. Working closely with a network of premier corporations, universities and research institutes, MISTI matches over 400 MIT students with internships and research abroad each year.

The MIT-India Program facilitates dynamic connections between the thinkers and idea-makers of the MIT community and their counterparts in India. Drawing from an extraordinary network of renowned research institutes, universities, and corporations, the program aims to be as vital and multifaceted as the country it represents. Every year top MIT undergraduates and graduates come for a summer internship at outstanding Indian ?rms/academic institutions. The students work on a speci?c project of choice; the host institution also allots them a preceptor/mentor based on their project area.

Beginning 2009, L V Prasad Eye Institute is one of the hosts for the MIT-India Program. The ?rst two students came for an internship from June 8 - August 14, 2009. Lauren Shields and Sophia Mian worked on their summer project "Transportation of Limbal Stem Cells Cultivated on Amniotic Membrane"; Dr V S Sangwan was the technical in-charge of the program.

Lauren and Sophia spent time in clinics with various consultants and visited a secondary eye care center. They also did a small project to understand the distances from which non-paying patients come to seek eye care. Taking in a slice of Indian culture, they learnt Bharatnatyam from Dr Geeta Vemuganti's daughter Ashrita.