THE HU­MAN TOUCH

India Today - - INSIDE - —Kaushik Deka

IIT KHARAG­PUR, IIM AHMEDABAD, IN­DIAN IN­STI­TUTE OF SCI­ENCE, TIFR, NID, TISS, FTII, NSD, JNU, NIFT, NDA, PUN­JAB AGRI­CUL­TURAL UNIVER­SITY, CSIR

THE IN­CU­BA­TION

The IIT sys­tem was con­ceived in 1946 when Sir Jo­gen­dra Singh, mem­ber of the Viceroy’s Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, set up a 22-mem­ber com­mit­tee un­der N.R. Sarkar to con­sider set­ting up higher tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes for In­dia’s post-war in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended es­tab­lish­ing four in­sti­tutes in the east, west, north and south, pos­si­bly on the lines of the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. Such in­sti­tutes, the com­mit­tee thought, would not only pro­duce un­der­grad­u­ates but also re­search work­ers and tech­ni­cal teach­ers. Fol­low­ing these rec­om­men­da­tions, the first IIT was set up in May 1950 in Hi­jli, Kharag­pur. The present name, In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, was adopted be­fore the for­mal in­au­gu­ra­tion of the in­sti­tute on Au­gust 18, 1951, by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. There were 224 fresh­ers and 42 teach­ers when the first ses­sion be­gan. Emi­nent sci­en­tist Sir J.C. Ghosh was its first di­rec­tor. On Septem­ber 15, 1956, Par­lia­ment passed the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Kharag­pur) Act declar­ing it as an in­sti­tute of na­tional im­por­tance and ac­corded it au­ton­o­mous univer­sity sta­tus. The 2,100-acre cam­pus has 18 de­part­ments, 550 fac­ulty, 1,700 em­ploy­ees and 9,000 stu­dents.

LEAD­ING THE CHARGE

As part of its In­ter­na­tional Summer Win­ter Pro­gram, in­ter­na­tional fac­ulty mem­bers come to the in­sti­tute, en­abling not just an ex­change of ideas in teach­ing and re­search but also fostering col­lab­o­ra­tions with in­sti­tutes of the high­est re­pute. IIT-KGP has also played a lead­ing role in sev­eral na­tional ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tives, such as the Na­tional Digital Li­brary (NDL) and the Na­tional Ini­tia­tive for Design and In­no­va­tion. By in­cor­po­rat­ing video lec­tures and em­bed­ding in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing soft­ware as well as on­line books and jour­nals, the NDL digital plat­form it hosts acts as a single-win­dow search por­tal as well as an in­ter­ac­tive fo­rum for knowl­edge dis­sem­i­na­tion.

NEXT UP

“The IITs are now man­dated to spread their ed­u­ca­tional ex­cel­lence be­yond the bound­aries of the in­sti­tu­tions and reach out to a much larger num­ber of peo­ple re­quir­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and as­sur­ing good qual­ity of life and liv­ing,” says di­rec­tor Partha Pra­tim Das. “In the last year, we have re­sponded to this chal­lenge by tak­ing up ma­jor projects re­lated to the fu­ture of cities, food and nu­tri­tional sus­tain­abil­ity, sig­nals and sys­tems in life sciences, sci­ence and her­itage ini­tia­tives and other ma­jor re­search projects re­lated to clean wa­ter, bio-en­ergy, en­vi­ron­ment and the like.”

SU­BIR HALDER

ENGI­NEER­ING EX­CEL­LENCE IIT Kharag­pur di­rec­tor Partha Pra­tim Das with stu­dents

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.