Students-Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence (SURGE) program | IIT Kanpur

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About Students-Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence (SURGE)

Under the Students-Undergraduate Research Graduate Excellence (SURGE) program, students from IITK and other participating institutions undertake short duration, but focused research projects and push their intellectual abilities beyond those driven by the classroom. The SURGE participants are required to give a mid-term presentation after four weeks, to a review committee consisting of a group of academic staff members. The review committee gives feedback and suggests possible improvements in the work. At the end of the program all the SURGE students make a poster presentation of the work carried out at IITK. The poster presentation is open to the public. It is also evaluated by faculty members. The duration of the program is approximately 08 weeks and the beginning date of SURGE program is 13th May, 2020 and last date 10th July, 2020.Students working under “Funding from SURGE (Institute Funded category)” only at IITK receive a stipend of Rs 12,500/- for 08 weeks duration. An award plus a commendation certificate is given to those SURGE students who produce exceptional quality research during the period.

Number of selected student is now increased upto 300 (60 students from “Funding from SURGE” and 240 students from “Funding from Institute Project + Self Funding + Industry-IITK tie up”) in SURGE extended program.

The applicants (Non-IITK Indian Student) shall be required to pay the application fee of Rs. 400/- through Payment Gateway. The details will be available after January 15 th 2020.

The short listed SURGE participants coming under Institute funding, Self funding, IITK project funding and IITK-industry tie-up categories for SURGE 2020 are required to pay the SURGE administrative charges:-

  1. For Non-IITK Indian student – Rs. 4000/-
  2. For IITK student – Rs. 3000/-

Detailed announcement regarding SURGE administrative charges will be made later. The SURGE administrative charges are not refundable.

IITK and NON-IITK Indian students coming to IITK through

Funding from SURGE (Institute Funded): Students working under “Funding from SURGE” only at IITK receive a stipend of Rs 12,500/- for 08 weeks duration.Funding from IITK Project (Project Funded): This will provide an opportunity to the students, to work on projects which will be funded by faculty members of IIT Kanpur.Self Funded: This will provide an opportunity to the students, to work on projects of faculty members of IIT Kanpur but would not be receiving any funding at all.Industry-IITK tie up: This will provide an opportunity to the students, as individuals or in teams, to work on real-world projects proposed by the industry with mentors from both IIT Kanpur and the industry. The student stipend is to be paid by the industry. In SURGE 2020, only IIT Kanpur students can participate under Industry-IITK tie up.

SURGE 2020 Important Dates:- 

1. Opening of Online application form –17thJanuary 2020.
2. Closing of Online application form –15thFebruary 2020.

Fee for Online application form for SURGE (NONIITK only) 2020 is Rs 400/-

Note:All these dates are applicable for all 3 categories (NONIITK, IITK, SAARC)


1. Eligible candidates are required to register ONLINE through our websiteLINK
2. Online Application will be available on our website fromJanuary 17, 2020 to February 15, 2020for all students coming to IIT Kanpur.
3. Application form of SURGE 2020 participants will be considered complete only after:

Step: 1 Register for SURGE 2020
i) Register through the online portal LINK:  LINK
ii) There are three categories:

      1. IITK:In this category only IITK Students can apply.
      2. NON IITK:Only Indian students from various Indian Institution.
      3. SAARC:Only NON Indian (from Nepal, Bhutan) Students.

iii) Complete the registration form in all respects. An email indicating successful completion of registration of your online application will be sent to on your registered email address containing login credentials.

Step 2:Payment of Application fee of Rs 400/- (only for NON IITK students)
iv) Before going for payment process please go through the payment procedureLink.

iv) Please click on the State Bank Collect link to pay the application fee.

v) After completion of payment please note down the Transaction ID and save the payment receipt in pdf format.
5.PHASE-II:Fill the online application form

iv) Go through this link:LINKand login with the credentials mentioned in the mail and complete the online application form in all respect.

v) In step 4 you need to enter the Transaction ID and upload the payment receipt in pdf format(for Non IITK students only).
v) Complete all the 4 sections step by step including uploading of relevant documents. After submission you will receive an email of successful completion of online application form along with Application Number. Please quote the application Number in all future correspondence.

vi) Application will be considered complete only after receiving of application fee.

6. Incomplete/ Incorrect applications will not be entertained and will be summarily rejected.
7. Any attempt to influence will lead to disqualification of candidature.

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