Next Tech Lab (SRM) Wins International QS Award


New Delhi: SRM Institute of Science and Technology (earlier known as SRM University) is known worldwide for it excellence in academics & is one of the top ranking universities in India with over 38,000 students and more than 2600 faculty across all the campus, offering a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health sciences, and Science and Humanities.

Foreign faculty, flexible and dynamic curriculum, exciting research and global connections are the features that set SRM apart. Students have a wide choice of cutting edge programs including nanotechnology, bioinformatics, genetic engineering, remote sensing and GIS, embedded systems or computer forensics to choose from.

New feather was added to their hat recently when Next Tech Lab from SRM University won a Silver Prize at the Reimagine education awards 2018 organised by Quacquarelli Symonds and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. The conference and awards took place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Pennsylvania, USA and the biggest names in education were in attendance. Quacquarelli Symonds, better known as QSis is famous for its annual publication of international university rankings. SRM University (Now SRM Institute of Science and Technology) currently holds a 4 star rating from QS.

Next Tech Lab was awarded in the student-led innovation for spearheading student-ledcross-disciplinary research in India. Nominees for the awards included Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology, National University of Singapore, Imperial College London and other renowned universities. The final nominees were selected from thousands of entries worldwide and were invited to take part in the showcase pitch conducted at the conference. SRM University was the only Indian university reaching the finale & bagging the esteemed accolade.

Next Tech Lab was founded by Anshuman Pandey and Aditthya Ramakrishnan who spent a semester at MIT, Cambridge on a scholarship. Intrigued by the anti-disciplinary research culture of the MIT Media Lab, they decided to start a lab at their own university.

When contacted, Dr. R.P. Sathyanarayanan, President SRM said, ” Our students have made us proud once again, by being awarded with this prestigious award. SRM has always encouraged novelty & out of box thinking which has helped us maintain

ourselves as front runners in technology. While Next Tech doesn’t just ape the Media Lab framework like in Richard Feynman’s anecdotes about “Cargo-Cult Science”, its policies are built to foster innovation and disruptive thinking. Researchers work on Deep Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Computational Biology, Electrical Systems, Mixed Reality, Blockchains/Decentralisation & Internet of Things.”

The lab has advisors from MIT, CMU, Cambridge University and silicon-valley start-ups. Members of the lab often bag top research and industry internships, win international Hackathons and present their research at prestigious conferences. Next Tech Lab has locations in Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu and Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.