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October 23, 2015

Case Institute of Technology and Kanpur Indo-American Program

The theme of 2015 Archives Month is, Both Local and Global: STEM Activity in Ohio. As part of its international activity in the 1960s, Case Institute of Technology was one of the consortial universities involved in the development of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT). ]The program was known as the Kanpur Indo-American Program (KIAP) and operated 1962-1972.

IIT at Kanpur was established in 1959 by the Indian government. The development of IIT was supported by the U. S. Agency for International Development (AID) through a consortium of 9 American universities: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Case Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Purdue University, University of California, and University of Michigan. Educational Services, Inc. (a non-profit educational corporation) held the contract with AID and carried out the administrative functions and dealings with AID and the Indian government.

The U.S. institutions were responsible for: academic and professional content of the program, recruitment of faculty to serve as visiting professors at IIT-Kanpur, procurement of scientific and technical equipment and books, specialized training of IIT-faculty in the U.S., and organizational and administrative assistance.

Case signed its agreement with Educational Services, Inc. in March 1962. The Board of Trustees Executive Committee had approved the agreement and Case’s participation in the Kanpur program on 3/5/1962.

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Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru met with U.S. consortium members in New Delhi, November 1961.

One representative of each institution and one person from Educational Services, Inc. served on the Steering Committee (later known as the Consortium Committee). This committee was responsible for policy, recruitment of U.S. staff, and placement of Indian participants. Arthur H. Benade, Associate Professor of Physics, was the first Case Institute of Technology Steering Committee representative, serving 1961-1964. (Benade spent his youth in India, where his father was Chairman of the Physics Department at Forman College in Lahore, now a part of Pakistan.) Prof. Benade gave up his duties as Case Representative when he left for India in 1964 to serve as a Visiting Professor at IIT-Kanpur. The Steering Committee representatives were responsible for all program activities on their campuses.

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Arthur H. Benade

Ten other Case professors and administrators provided their expertise during stays in Kanpur or service on the Steering Committee. They included (title is Case title at that time): Richard Paumen, Registrar; Joseph Pigott, Director of Physical Planning; Alfonso M. Alvarado, Assistant to the Provost for International Programs; Robert H. Scanlan, Professor of Engineering; D. Harvey Buchanan, Professor of History; Morrell Heald, Associate Professor of History; Ernest B. Leach, Associate Professor of Mathematics; Richard A. Schermerhorn, Professor of Sociology; William F. Schneerer, Associate Professor of Engineering Graphics; Robert R. Archer, Associate Professor of Mechanics.

Posted by hxy2 at October 23, 2015 03:41 PM

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