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Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. The IIT Gandhinagar Story. ICTIEE-Hubli January 2014. The New IITs . Five Original IITs: Kharagpur in 1950’s Madras, Mumbai, Kanpur and Delhi in 1960’s Two Later IITs: Guwahati in mid 1990’s

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The New IITs

  • Five Original IITs:
    • Kharagpur in 1950’s
    • Madras, Mumbai, Kanpur and Delhi in 1960’s
  • Two Later IITs:
    • Guwahati in mid 1990’s
    • Roorkee in early 2000’s (conversion of Roorkee University)
  • Eight New IITs:
    • Bhubaneswar, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Patna, Ropar: 2008
    • Mandi, Indore: 2009
  • As a part of the massive expansion in higher education, e.g.,
    • 7 new IIMs, 10 new NITs, 15 new Central Universities,…
slide3

The New IIT / University

  • Advantages
    • Start-up culture, informal, vibrant, energized
    • Can experiment with new ideas
    • You part of decision making, you grow faster
    • You create culture and leave a legacy
    • Plenty of resources
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The New IIT / University

  • Disadvantages
    • Rules and systems missing (you create those) Can be confusing to some
    • Lack of mentoring by seniors; no role models
    • May take time to build new labs, create new curricula
    • Additional effort to attract research students
    • And, may be noticed if you are not active !
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IITGN: Current Status

  • Started operations in 2008
  • Currently ~750 students, ~80 faculty
    • ~ 1/3 of current faculty are short-term
    • ~39 sponsored projects from DST, DBT, MoES, …
  • Academic Programmes
    • B.Tech (from 2008)
    • Ph.D (from 2009)
    • M.Tech and D.IIT (from 2011)
    • M.Sc. (from 2013) …including in Cognitive Science
    • M.A. (from 2014)
  • Recruitment of faculty in ALL AREAS
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Location

  • 15-20 minutes from Ahmedabad airport
  • Permanent location: on Sabarmati bank in Gandhinagar
  • Gujarat
    • Vibrant economy, entrepreneurial spirit
    • Strong support from state govt and local elite
  • Ahmedabad
    • Uninterrupted power supply; no inverters in homes/ offices!
    • Safe: women on scooters at midnight
    • Excellent roads: no traffic jams
    • Educational and research hub: numerous reputed institutions
    • Medical facilities: best in the country
slide7

Aspiration

  • To create a world-class university
    • Best in the country in next 15-20 years
    • Similar to Top 100 in the world in next 15-20 years
slide8

Advantages

  • Location in Ahmedabad - Gandhinagar
  • New institute
  • IIT Brand
  • Top students
slide9

Disadvantages

  • Skepticism (all round)
  • Developing country mindset
  • IIT Brand
slide10

Agenda on Undergraduates

  • Value addition
    • Focus on de-stressing and life skills
    • Curricula to be more broad based
    • Undergraduate research & project-based learning
    • International exposure
    • Inculcate social responsibility
  • The first two batches
    • Have done extremely well
    • Higher studies, entrepreneurship, …
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UG Curriculum

  • 5-week Foundation Programme
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (8 – 17 courses !)
  • Compulsory courses on
    • Design and Innovation
    • Biology
  • Emphasis on sports
  • Projects outside the curriculum
  • International experience (~1/3 of graduating class this year)
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Foundation Programme

  • First 5-weeks, 5-areas of focus:
    • Physical Activities and Sports
    • Fostering Creativity
    • Communication Skills and Teamwork
    • Values and Ethics
    • Social Awareness
slide19

Community Outreach

  • Community Outreach Policyof the Institute
  • Engagement of Girl Students of Sakar School
  • Nyasa: Construction Workers Programme
  • Children’s Education Fund (for contract workers)
  • Medical Fund (for contract workers)
  • Housing for Construction Workers
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USP of Engineering/Technology Programmes

  • Disciplinary diversity and integration of Humanities/ Social Sciences with Science and Technology
      • All electives are open
      • Students free to work on any project in any domain
      • Minors and Honors allow students to take additional courses in specific areas
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USP of Engineering/Technology Programmes

  • Coordination among disciplines
      • Discipline does not “own” their subject.
      • Respect for all disciplines as equally valid fields of endeavour.
      • Need for all disciplines to converge in holistic education.
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USP of Engineering/Technology Programmes

  • Not all learning happens in the traditional classroom setting:
      • Peer-assisted learning
      • Self-study and Independent study courses
      • Classes in Active-Learning Classrooms
      • Projects that are need-based, and based on personal experience
      • Earn-While-You-Learn (EWYL)
      • Projects to be done not for credit
slide23

Continuing Agenda

  • Focus areas being developed include:
    • Safety
    • Design and Innovation
    • Public Health
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Automobile Engineering
    • Archaeological Sciences,
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Continuing Agenda

  • Experiments in undergraduate curriculum
    • Teaching of mathematics with engineering context
    • Teaching of HSS and engineering in a seamless manner
    • Open-ended experiments in laboratory curriculum
    • Fusion of laboratory and lecture
slide25

Initiatives for Students Outside

  • Summer Research Internship Programme (SRIP)
  • Start-Early PhD Fellowship (SE PhD)
  • PhD consideration for students without GATE
  • International student admissions
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Scholar Recruitment

  • Initiatives in PhD admission:
    • Recruitment of scholars from different (and relevant) backgrounds
    • Top-up fellowship for outstanding PhD students (Rs 5k or Rs 10k per month)
    • Support in case no GATE/CSIR
    • International travel support of upto Rs 2 lakh
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Short Word on Performance

  • Excellent student placements of the 2 batches
    • 10% in top Universities
      • Caltech, Stanford, Princeton, CMU, Austin, …
    • 4 have started a company
    • 1 has chosen to work on technology for social sector
    • Top industry jobs
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Thanks a lot

  • Questions and Suggestions are most welcome
  • academics@iitgn.ac.in