“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.

India Today - - COVER STORY - —By Harshita Das

What makes

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

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