Saturday, August 07, 2010

IIT-Delhi lines up series of events to celebrate 50 glorious years

The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) will enter its 50th year on August 16 giving a kickstart to a variety of academic and industrial events in the coming months. IIT-D will also award 1,371 students this year of which 465 will be undergraduate students and 138 Ph.Ds. IIT-D Director, Prof. Surendra Prasad said, "It is an occasion of double joy for us. We will be in the golden jubilee year of IIT-D's academic life and we also have our annual convocation coming up on the weekend". Prasad said the golden jubilee celebrations will begin with the visit of President Pratibha Patil on August 16. Besides, we are expecting large number of IIT-D alumni from even the first batch to join us on that day. We will also organize lectures by our industrious alumni, Prasad said while adding, "In October, we will have a PAN-IIT meet in Greater Noida. Then there will be an International Education Summit in January where vice-chancellors, head of departments, deans from all over the world are expected to participate".

According to Prasad, the year gone by also witnessed a number of developments including the sanction of Rs. 50 crore (Rs. 500 million) by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology for putting up a nano-fabrication facility for non-silicon devices at IIT-D. It is a unique facility which is available only at two other places in India at IIT, Bombay and IISc, Bangalore. IIT-D also received a total funding of Rs. 85.25 crore (Rs. 852.5 million) for various research projects in 2009-10.

Meanwhile, IIT-D has also started work on a new six storey lecture theatre-cum-lab complex which is expected to be functional in less than two years. Thanks to OBC reservation, the average class-size has gone up drastically making it imperative for the institute to create more teaching space. The new complex will have rooms for class size of 50 as well as 500. We have got clearances from all agencies concerned and the work has already started. It will come up adjacent to the main building, Prasad said. The institute currently has 6,842 students enrolled in various programmes and nearly 100 classrooms to accommodate them.

Source: The Times of India, August 7, 2010

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