“There is constant learning happening at IIT Kharagpur”
BEING THE FIRST INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (IIT) TO BE SET UP IN THE COUNTRY IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR THAT SETS IIT KHARAGPUR APART. MENTORSHIP, INCULCATING FUTURE SKILLS AND NURTURING TALENT GIVES IT AN EDGE.
IIT Kharagpur, the first IIT to be established, unique?
Academics at IIT Kharagpur conform to the system followed by all other IITs, but students earn a vantage point here. It is the availability of micro-specialisation and micro-credit courses that helps them to pursue multi disciplinary studies. So, students who join the department of chemistry can opt for courses in the department of computer science and engineering and earn a micro special is at iona long with the regular B Tech degree. This helps them to pursue further studies in streams that are in demand such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent systems in transportation, and manufacturing. Similarly, students can opt for microcredit courses to expand their domain expertise.
What measures have been taken by you in the field of research?
To encourage and nurture the spirit of research and innovation among undergraduate students early on, we are set to launch the first-of-its-kind undergraduate research programme (UGRP) from the upcoming autumn semester of 2019-20. We have also set up the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Centre for Re-water Research on campus.
Does IIT Kharagpur offer special courses, which are not at other IITs?
IIT Kharagpur has a few unique departments such as architecture (which is only at IIT Roorkee), agricultural and food engineering, and mining engineering (which are available in one or two other IITs). In terms of courses, we have unique offerings such as financial engineering, business analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, entrepreneurship engineering, energy engineering, environmental engineering, quality and reliability, science of happiness and intellectual property law.
Are there plans for expansion in the pipeline ?
We at IIT Kharagpur have been setting up several centres of excellence to promote advanced research and product development to meet India’s developmental needs both in short-term and long-term. The 400bed super speciality hospital is underway and the MBBS programme will be launched soon.
PARTHA PRATIM CHAKRABARTI Former Director, IIT Kharagpur