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Wednesday, 27 October 2021 | Pioneer

Programmes aligned with global need

Future technocrats need interdisciplinary skills. They should have the ability to unleash their imaginations and expertise to recognise and solve complex problems with their in-depth knowledge. They should know how to anticipate which innovations matter the most. IIT Jodhpur has designed academic programmes aligned to this global need. Features of programmes are:

  • The fundamentals of basic and engineering sciences for enabling students to have a broader multi-disciplinary perspective for specialisation being pursued
  • Early design courses with a focus on conceptual multi-disciplinary design methods rather than discipline-specific focus enabling students to think and act like technocrats
  • Requisite disciplinary depth
  • Option to study a wide range of departmental specialisations or minor areas in emerging domains
  • Opportunity to explore entrepreneurship, and engineering innovation through industry collaboration as part of the regular program.

At present, IIT Jodhpur offers eight BTech programmes offering the above-mentioned salient features with multi-disciplinary learning opportunities.

Memorandum of Understanding signed’            

The IMS Ghaziabad signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mata Sundri College of Women- University of Delhi on October 25, 2021. The collaboration was done during SAMAAGAM -2021, the annual Academic festival, organised by IMS Ghaziabad, for developing managerial acumen and leadership qualities in the students.

Pride Week at ABWA

The students of Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA), South Mumbai successfully conducted Pride Week programme aimed at supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

Students of Classes XI and XII launched the initiative with the support of the pastoral care team at school. Several activities were planned throughout an entire week to promote diversity and inclusiveness, as well as raise the visibility of LGBTQIA+ community.

The campaign was celebrated with focus of building allyship where students were seen conducting a diverse range of engaging activities.

Energy-Efficient Technology for cooking

The Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has transferred to an industry partner an energy-efficient and environment-friendly technology developed for cook-stoves by its researchers for commercialisation. This will ensure that the benefits of the research reach the society at large and benefit the common man.

The research team headed by Professor P Muthukumar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, had developed porous radiant burners for cook-stoves equipped, which can provide the fuel saving in the range of 25 to 50 per cent. It can be operated with LPG, biogas and kerosene.

This effort will be a major contribution of IIT Guwahati towards the Government’s efforts to enhance the access to clean cooking energy by promoting LPG, biogas and improved cook-stoves (ICS) through various policies and programmes.

Professor Muthukumar said: “These indigenously developed cook-stoves equipped with specially-designed double layered PRBs provide fuel saving in range of 25-50% and reduce CO and NOx emissions by 80 per cent. The newly developed PRB is ideally suited both gaseous fuels.”

Consortium to provide cutting-edge technologies

The Indian Institute of Technology Madras Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI) is launching the RBCDSAI Industrial Consortium to provide information resources support on cutting-edge technologies to industries working on AI. The consortium will enable the industries members to learn about the scientific developments and latest trends in AI and Data Science.

Professor Balaraman Ravindran, Mindtree Faculty Fellow and Head, RBCDSAI, IIT Madras, said: “There is high-quality AI research happening at RBCDSAI. The idea is to use this consortium as a means to disseminate output of our research to industry partners.”

Workshop on Leading Self to Excellence

The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-Delhi) organised a free workshop on Leading Self to Excellence under the aegis of the AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) programme. ATAL is a unique initiative by AICTE to enhance the quality of technical education in the country by training the faculty on a wide range of topics of relevance.

 “Each one of us is a leader. We first lead ourselves, and then as we lead our lives well, others start to follow us. So, the primary focus of this workshop was on leading oneself, and then only in the second part of the workshop, we discussed about leading others. This is an inside-out kind of approach,” said Dr Anuj Grover, Associate Dean, IRD at IIIT-Delhi.

The workshop was based on the timeless principles of effectiveness as elucidated by leadership coaches like Stephen R Covey, Ram Charan, Bob Burg and John Mann. The sessions were interspersed with activities and spiced up with stories from Indian lore to drive home ideas. The AICTE mandates there should be a few sessions that help the participants to manage their physical and mental well-being.

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