2021- A year of multidirectional progress for IIT Guwahati

GUWAHATI : Overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic efficiently and adapting to the new normal, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has shown multifaceted progress in the year 2021. Breakthrough in research and innovation, initiation of major new Schools and Centers as well as courses in line with the New Education Policy, the addition of new infrastructure, collaboration with academia and industry, maintaining a high place in NIRF and QS ranking, and record-high placements, major outreach programs, working closely with State Government and northeast region, the IIT has moved forward in every domain.

 

Research and Innovation

· Researchers of IIT Guwahati developed a technology to provide iron, arsenic, fluoride, and other contaminants-free drinking water to the rural people of Assam with the help of their various prototype units and innovative technology. Several such units are being installed in Assam and other northeastern states.

 

· IIT Guwahati Invented Biodegradable low-cost Composite Wound Dressing Film.

This material, based on the integration of a synthetic polymer, is non-toxic in nature and creates a moist environment that would enable the body to heal on its own through endogenous enzymes, according to recent research. The laboratory-scale development was found to be at least 50 percent economical in comparison with similar commercial materials.

 

· IIT Guwahati Researchers reported Novel Behaviour of Electrons in a Conductor. The study is expected to lead to exciting outcomes in the future and will have implications in several technologies. This will open up a new avenue of research in the direction to understand the conducting properties of electrons.

 

· IIT Guwahati Researchers made fundamental contributions to memory architectures by preventing redundancy in data values and improving slow and frequent writes in the multi-core processor systems

 

· IIT Guwahati researchers developed a ‘Nanometer Thick Superhydrophobic Coating’ material to modify ordinary cloth or silk masks that maintains its comfort but offer better protection against aerosol-driven infections such as COVID-19.

 

· A group of researchers from IIT Guwahati successfully developed hydrogel-based electrodes that could enhance the performance of an energy storage device.

 

· As a very innovative solution to address the environmental crisis, IIT Guwahati researchers have developed a novel highly porous and water repellent superhydrophobic cotton composite material containing Metal-Organic Framework (MOF), which can absorb oil selectively from the oil-water mixture.

 

· IIT Guwahati Researchers developed a novel water repellent material that can be used for real-time monitoring of human movements. The material developed is flexible, non-stretchable and environmentally friendly that can detect low strains with high sensitivity.

 

· IIT Guwahati researchers have succeeded in developing novel materials that can use sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. These materials are much cheaper than the ‘noble metals’ currently used and could lead to cost-effective solar-powered hydrogen generators.

 

· IIT Guwahati researchers developed hybrid perovskite-based solar or photovoltaic devices to produce electricity from the sunlight, which are highly efficient, cost-effective, easy to manufacture, and easily recyclable.

New Infrastructure

· The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma inaugurated a new ‘Centre for Disaster Management and Research’ (CDMR) at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.

 

· In September 2021, IIT Guwahati, launched the Centre for Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems (CICPS), aimed at developing indigenous technologies. The Centre targets developing a minimum of five technologies a year.

 

· In November 2021, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship visited IIT Guwahati and inaugurated the state-of-the-art Centre for Nanotechnology (CNT) building and Centre for Indian Knowledge System (CIKS) as well as two hostels at the Institute. The CIKS also initiated a course on spoken Assamese language on campus.

 

· In November 2021, Gen (Dr) VK Singh (Retd), Hon’ble Minister of State Civil Aviation, Government of India, inaugurated India’s First Academic Center for Drone Technology, Skill Development Center and Drone Airport at IIT Guwahati. Called ‘AHOM Droneports,’ It will be used to support cargo drones delivering urgent/medical and emergency supplies/precious supplies to remote areas of the northeast.

 

· Construction of a 1000 seater Hostel has been completed this year. Moreover, several other infrastructure projects such as a Research Park, the extension of academic complexes, EWS hostel for girls ‘students, augmentation of HVAC Plants are in progress along with extension of major other academic blocks.

 

· With the support of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma ji the state Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Medical School cum Super speciality hospital at IIT Guwahati.

 

PPOs and Placement

· The Institute Students received as many as 179 PPOs during the Academic Year 2021-22, which was the highest in the last three years.

 

· IIT Guwahati sets a new record of an all-time high in all fronts of placement. The phase 1 placement is still going on. So far a total of 843 students of IITG have been placed. Last year by this time, a total of 610 students were placed. So far, students have received 5 offers (including one international offer) of over 1 crore.

Rankings

· IIT Guwahati has retained its position in National Institutional Rankings Framework (NIRF) achieving a 07 Rank in the ‘Engineering’ Category this year and ranked 08 in India in the ‘Overall’ Category in NIRF 2021.

· IIT Guwahati was ranked to a World Rank of 41 in the Research Citations category while jumping to 395 in QS World Rankings. The institute was also ranked within the top 51-100 in Petroleum Engineering Category while also being ranked high in 10 other subject categories internationally.

Launch of new courses

· Academic activities at five new Schools and four new Centers at IIT Guwahati were initiated which include programs in Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Degree.

· In October 2021, IIT Guwahati launched a new B.Tech program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Further, IIT Guwahati started its School of Business for various MBA courses.

Collaborations

· First Batch of International Joint M.Tech. Students from India & Japan graduated from IIT Guwahati-Gifu University in 2020-21. Starting in 2019, this program is the only such degree in India that enables an enrolled student to receive an International M.Tech. degree with a mutually participating curriculum.

 

· IIT Guwahati and Mizoram University collaborated to jointly develop Teaching Programmes and foster R&D activities besides promoting the exchange of students.

 

· In September 2021 IIT Guwahati collaborated with the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the implementation of the AICTE-GAINER (Grant for Augmenting Infrastructure in North-East Region) Scheme. Under this scheme, financial support is provided to North-Eastern technical institutions to help solve the water and energy problems.

 

· IIT Guwahati collaborated with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (AVV), a private, deemed-university based in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in Education and Research activities. This will help in enriching academic programs and promote the exchange of students between two institutions.

 

· IIT Guwahati collaborated with Oil India Ltd. to Develop New Technologies for energy and allied sectors and focus on the Transfer of existing technologies, Knowledge up-gradation, innovation partnership, Training, and skill development

 

· IIT Guwahati and Brahmaputra Board partnered to address river-related issues and also to utilize rivers more efficiently for people’s benefit. The collaboration is expected to help to evolve with innovative technology which will help for better management of rivers like the Brahmaputra.

 

· IIT Guwahati is working closely with Assam State Government on multiple projects related to healthcare sectors, infrastructure development, improving science education in the northeast region, communications, water resources and management, application of drone technology to various sectors, agriculture, COVID management, vaccine delivery, etc.

Technology Transfers

A host of technology transfers were also executed with various industries and organizations related to energy conservation, water purification, and sensor technologies. IIT Guwahati has also filed 81 patents during this period.

Faculty recruitment

During the said period both Regular (40) and international visiting /Honorary Faculty- (44) have been hired. Special Recruitment Drive for SC/ST/OBC-NCL/EWS/PwD for Faculty Positions at IIT Guwahati was also advertised recently.

Research Funding

Major research funding was provided to IIT Guwahati to various individual faculty members, Centers, and Departments over the past year.

Reforms

In order to improve the international standing of IIT Guwahati, the institute launched “ART of an Institution”, where ‘A’ represents the administration, ‘R’ represents research and ‘T’ represents teaching with the firm hope that a fine collaboration between the three and an environment conducive to the growth of individual and collective talents is nurtured to take IIT Guwahati forward at the highest level of international achievements and best service to the society.

 

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