INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GANDHINAGARPARTNERSIN SUCCESSJoin our journey to a world class institution
PARTNER WITH USIIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) began its jour-ney as one of the new Indian Institutes ofTechnology in August 2008. The formativeyears of an Institute are very eventful and in IIT Gandhinagar aspires to be a top rankedthe long run, forge its academic character, school worldwide and we seek the supportvalue system, and culture. IITGN has been and participation of everyone who sharesextremely fortunate to receive extraordinary our dream of seeing India emerge strongersupport from a very large number of well- in the decades to come. We owe a debt ofwishers. This cumulative support has laid gratitude to millions of our countrymen andan outstanding foundation for the Institute women who have been so generous withto thrive in the years ahead, enabling the their resources, and we assure them thatInstitute to launch numerous initiatives. their trust is well invested in this Institute.Three well-wishers of the Institute have With this heavy responsibility on our shoul-established the IIT Gandhinagar Founda- ders, we seek your active participation andtion, a charitable organziation in California, support in our collective endeavour to buildto channel philanthropic contributions from a world class Institute.US-based supporters. The donations are be-ing utilized to attract and support outstand- Sudhir K. Jaining faculty and Ph.D. students. Director PROJECTS & ADVOCACY Research projects, consultancies and project implemen- tation in the safety sector. Promoting awareness and un- dertaking public ad- vocacy around safety. Dr. Sudhir K. Jain.
INNOVATIONIS IN OUR DNAAs a greenfield project, IIT Gandhinagarprovides a unique opportunity to create agreat university — an Institution that fos-ters excellence in learning, research, schol-arship and innovation, and that helpscreate global leaders in different fields ofendeavour. To achieve its aspirations ofbecoming a world renowned institutionof higher learning, IITGN recognises thatit cannot simply follow practices pursuedat other institutions, but must blaze newpaths. Innovation is not another buzzword Multi Terrain Wheelchair Mechanism Mock-Up Display,for us; it is the essence of our character, Mechanical Engineering.even our DNA. Innovation is not just avirtue, it is equally an imperative. IITGN has developed anAfter extensive discussions with all our enviablestakeholders, the Institute has developed reputation ina document outlining its vision, mission, educationalgoals, values and principles. This circles for itsdocument serves as a beacon in pursuit of early accomplish-our aspirations to be a world-ranked ments and for itsuniversity. IITGN has developed an innovations inenviable reputation in educational circles curriculum andfor its early accomplishments and most governance.especially for its innovations in Cover: Graduating seniors assistcurriculum and governance, some of each other at 2012 Convocation. Back page: First year studentswhich are outlined in the following pages. prepare to take flight. | 3 |
INNOVATIONA five-week immersion FoundationProgramme for all new undergraduatestudents nurtures creativity, communicationskills, ethics, teamwork, social engagementand physical fitness.To promote critical thinking and an appre-ciation of the interdisciplinary character ofknowledge, IIT Gandhinagar undergraduatestudents undertake more than 20% of theircoursework in the liberal arts — nearly twicethe proportion of other leading engineer-ing institutions in the country — as well ascompulsory courses in design and the lifesciences. ENGAGEMENT Project Based Learning: The Institute em- phasises project based learning both inside and outside the classroom.EMPOWERMENT Our students have undertaken innovative community and commercial projects, from teaching science to students at a neighbor-Follow Your Passion: IIT Gandhinagar em- hood school, developing a digital walkingpowers students to discover and pursue their stick for the blind, building an award-win-passion, with the most liberal branch change ning machine for making incense sticks andpolicy among all IITs, offering the opportuni- a wheelchair that climbs stairs, to launchingty to virtually all students to switch to a disci- a start up on distributed computing throughpline of their choice in their second year. IIT’s Incubation Centre.
DIVERSITYIn addition to recruiting its full time facultyfrom some of the world’s finest institutions OUTCOMES(CalTech, Carnegie Mellon, Purdue, Cam-bridge, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Our first graduating class in 2012 testifies toBerkeley, Cornell, Illinois, Max Planck, Har- the success of our vision and mission.vard, Warwick), IIT Gandhinagar has estab-lished a vigorous visiting faculty program • Nearly 60% voluntarily opted to add a and a flexible short course structure, which minor or honors to their B.Tech.exposes our students to scores of the mostprominent scholars and professionals from • Nearly 25% of the undergraduate all over India, as well as the United States, class availed educational or intern- France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Sin- ship opportunities abroad.gapore, United Kingdom, New Zealand, etc. • Nearly 1 in 6 graduating student is pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree.Students attend cutting edge workshops andprograms in such diverse fields as cognition, • Over 10% are headed abroad to someelliptic and parabolic differential equations, of the world’s finest institutions, such as archeology, literature of cosmology, geotech- Caltech, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michi-nical aspects of earthquake engineering, gan, Houston and Imperial College.creating comics, etc.Proposed IIT Gandhinagar Campus
ARTIST RENDITIONS OF IIT GANDHINAGAR’S PLANNED CAMPUSRIVER PROMANADE — CELEBRATING THE RIVER FRONT NATION’S COURTARRIVAL COURT CELEBRATION OF GREEN MALL
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTSACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS NO BACKYARD CAMPUS
Innovations in Academics New Undergraduate Curriculum: Our brand new under- graduate curriculum is a significant departure from that of other technology programs in the country. The curriculum focuses on the overall development of the students and at- tempts to prepare them for their last job, not just their first one. It includes an introductory course on design, compulso- ry course in the life-sciences, significant exposure to designThe IITGN and creativity, and offers academic flexibility to students.curricula has the Emphasis on the Humanities and Social Sciences: Thelargest liberal Institute believes that technology development is rooted in a social context, and thus, it emphasises the humanities andarts content of social sciences, both in the curriculum and other facets ofany engineering academic life. The IITGN curricula has the largest liberal arts content of any engineering curricula in the country. All un-curricula in the dergraduates must take a minimum of 20% of their course-country. work in HSS and have the option to take up to 17 courses in HSS and Management. Similarly, the MTech curriculum requires nearly 20% of the course work in HSS. The institute strives to bring the most outstanding teachers, both as full time and visiting faculty from India and overseas. Among the courses being taught at IITGN include literature and lan- guages (English, French, Urdu), Philosophy, Sociology, Indian Heritage, Anthropology, Ancient Indian History, etc.Student cultural program. Foundation Programme: The Institute has developed a unique five-week Foundation Programme aimed at de-stress- ing of undergraduate students and development of their life skills. The programme focuses on: a) physical fitness, b) com- munication skills and team work, c) values and ethics, d) so- cial engagement, and e) creativity. The programme includes interactions with renowned speakers through lectures, work- shops, discussions, short projects, field activity, etc. Emphasis on Physical Fitness: The Institute places great emphasis on physical fitness in its curriculum in the belief that healthy bodies and healthy minds need to co-exist. All underegraduate students are required to engage in sports activities five days a week for two semesters, which helps re- kindle dormant passions for sports and outdoor activities. As a result, IITGN students have won several medals at inter-IIT sports events, despite our small student body. Self-Learning Option for Regular Courses: Under a novel policy, students are given the option of studying on their own, without meeting the instructor-specified attendance norms. Students forego the benefits of in-semester evalua- tions, in exchange for accepting the challenge of being grad- ed on the basis of an exacting final examination. | 8 |
Short Courses: IITGN has started a Short-Course Series for thewell-rounded growth of students. Each Short-Course runs 8-10hours and is conducted by a guest on a topic different from thesubjects in the regular curriculum. Students earn one credit forthe course, which is listed in the grade card, and their partici-pation is voluntary. Examples of such courses include IndianDemocracy, Entrepreneurship, Energy Efficiency, Literature,and Cosmology. These courses are open to students and faculty The Institute hasof other colleges in the city, enabling IITGN to cultivate stron-ger academic links and contribute to the community. developed a unique five-weekComprehensive Viva-Voce: A comprehensive viva-voce hasbeen introduced as a mandatory curricular activity. Carefully Foundationstructured implementation has helped early identification of Programmeweaknesses, new Institutional initiatives required to ensurehigher levels of motivation, and enabled the Institute to obtain aimed atfeedback on the need for systemic changes. de-stressingMTech and DIIT Programmes: The MTech programme at undergraduateIITGN focuses on strong interdisciplinary coursework aimed students andat developing skills of analysis, synthesis, and problem solving,quality driven research projects, and it emphasises diversity development ofthrough mandatory course work in the humanities and social their life skills.sciences. A post graduate diploma (DIIT) programme providesan additional channel for learning and can be pursued eitherfull-time (one year) or part-time. The DIIT curriculum has beendesigned as a stand-alone option. Students may use DIIT as astepping stone to MTech programmes, but have the option toexit with an DIIT. Rapid Prototype Machine, Mechanical Engineering.
Innovations in STUDENT GROWTHThe Institute is Earn While You Learn Programme: In 2009, the Institute launched the Earn While You Learn Programme to channelincubating a student talents, time and energies in support of Institutionalcompany in high activities. Students work in the library, computer centre, exter- nal relations, grading assignments, etc., for reasonable finan-tech data mining cial compensation. The program has helped students developcreated by five an appreciation of the dignity of labour and enhanced their self-esteem with the partial financial independence it makesstudents from its possible.first graduating Summer Internships for UG Students: The Institute believesclass. in augmenting education and learning through various non- formal and non-curricular opportunities. Several undergradu-IITGN student Shashank Naphade ates undertake summer internships with eminent academics indemonstrates an autonomous self-navigating robot at Amalthea. India and abroad as well as in industry. During the 2012 sum- mer, nearly 200 students (out of 347 undergraduates) availed such opportunities. 28 students went overseas for internships to universities such as Caltech, University of Washington, Washington University, Duke University, Notre Dame Univer- sity and in R&D organizations such as Underwriters Laboratory in Northridge, and EPIR Chicago. International Experience for Students: Recognising the value of participating and presenting their research work at inter- national conferences, the Institute has instituted a very liberal travel support policy to encourage student involvement in such events. Several undergraduate and postgraduate students have attended international conferences abroad to present their work. Recognition of Student Passions: The Institute has set up merit scholarships for excellence in not just academics, but also such areas as sports, cultural pursuits, social work, lead- ership initiatives, etc., to incentivise well-rounded education and all round development of leadership potential. Graduating student awards recognise a wide array of accomplishments, including leadership, human qualities, excellence in academ- ics, sports, culture, etc. | 10 |
IIT Gandhinagar Junior Fellowship: The fellowship offers In 2012, nearlyopportunities for graduating students to gain exposure in lessconventional work prior to making career decisions. Under 200 of our 347this scheme, typically for one year duration, the Institute helps undergraduatesfresh graduates explore unconventional career options throughattachments with senior government officials, working with availed summerNGOs, or experience in educational Institutions, prior to final- internships. 28izing their career decisions. Currently, four recent graduates areavailing this opportunity: three students interested in political students wentand administrative life are working under the tutelage of senior overseas forIAS officers and one interested in the social sector is working atIITGN to develop technology to improve the incomes of wom- internships aten in slums. Caltech, Duke,IITGN Incubation Centre (IIC): In recognition of the crucial Notre Dame, etc.roles of innovation and entrepreneurship, an Incubation Cen- and to R&Dtre has been set up at the Institute with a range of supportfacilities. The incubatees are provided round the clock access centers, such asto design software, workshop with fabrication facilities and UL and EPIRsophisticated laboratories. The Institute is currently incubat-ing a company in high tech data mining created by five recent Chicago.graduates. Students and staff operate the Free and Forced Vibration Apparatus, Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty from Innovations inengineering EXTERNAL ACADEMICcolleges spend LINKAGEStwo months over Strategic Partnerships: IITGN is actively nurturing a diversesummer break academic environment — one that is both globally connectedat the Institute, and socially sensitive. The Institute is continually develop- ing strategic partnerships with numerous universities, indus-working with tries and R&D organizations within the country and abroad.IITGN faculty. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad (PRL) enables the seam- less sharing of academic resources between the two Institutes. A strong relationship with Caltech enables a vibrant student exchange programme. A partnership with Underwriters Labo- ratories is enabling the Institute to develop its Fire and Safety Engineering disciplines. IITGN’s bonds with IIT Bombay and local universities in Ahmedabad, such as DAAICT and PDPU, have been critical in the institute’s nascent stage. Other note- worthy IITGN collaborators include the Washington University, St Louis, University of Washington Seattle, Notre Dame Univer- sity, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, and the Univer- sity of Saskatchwan. Engagement with the Top-50 Undergraduate Schools in In- dia: The Institute has developed a formal initiative to engage the top 50 undergraduate engineering schools in the country. Research opportunities are available at IITGN to their students and faculty, and preferential admission is offered to their stu- dents to spend a semester at IITGN as a non-degree student. Start Early PhD Fellowships are also available to their top UG students. We believe that these programs are not just mutu- ally beneficial, but help recruit their undergraduates to IITGN’s post graduate programmes. Non-Degree Full-Time and Part-Time Programmes: Students from other Institutions in the country are able to undertake studies at IITGN for a semester or two as full-time non-degree students. To provide opportunities to working professionals, IITGN has created options for part-time non-degree studies, wherein anyone can register for courses at IITGN and receive grades for course performance. India-ki-Khoj: IITGN has developed a unique two-week cul- tural immersion programme titled India-ki-khoj for under- graduate students from across the world to discover India. The December 2011 programme attracted 10 undergraduates from Caltech and 10 IITGN students. Mr. N R Narayanmurthy speaking to freshmen at the 2011 Foundation Programme. | 12 |
Faculty Development Programme: To help faculty at otherengineering colleges upgrade their qualifications, IITGN hasintroduced a special Faculty Development Programme. Theprogramme enables interested engineering college faculty to A strong relation-pursue a PhD at IITGN in an optimal manner. The programme ship with Caltechprovides for an initial one-year preparatory interaction with asupervisor at IITGN, followed by a two-year residence at the In- enables a vibrantstitute. Remaining work toward the PhD thesis may be pursued student exchangeby candidates at their college. programme. ASummer Research Fellowship for Teachers and Students of partnership withEngineering Colleges: A new program allows selected facultyfrom engineering colleges to spend two months of the sum- Underwritersmer break at the Institute, working with IITGN faculty. Besides Laboratories isaccess to faculty time and research facilities, the Institute of-fers financial support for travel expenses and an honorarium. aiding IITGN’sIn addition, undergraduate students of other universities and Fire and Safetycolleges in India are offered summer opportunities for ongoingR&D projects at IITGN. The scheme offers valuable early initia- Engineeringtion into research activity and modest financial support. programs.Former President Dr A. P J. Abdul .Kalam at the 2011 Faculty Awards.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Community Outreach Policy of the Institute: Consistent with its mission to produce graduates that are sensitive to their community and to societal needs, the Institute believes it must not just preach, but actively pursue community outreach. The Institute has established a formal Board-approved Community Outreach Policy and several programmes are already in place, supported financially through a combination of a) contribu- tions by IITGN students, staff and faculty, b) contributions by the Institute, and c) contributions by well wishers and donors of the Institute. Sakar School Girls Outreach Project: IITGN women students teach science subjects to girl students in the neighbouring Sa- kar School to augment interest and passion for science studies. The programme, operational for the past two years, has been highly successful. Nyasa Project: Faculty, students and staff of the Institute areJanmahstmi Matki Phod. contributing to the welfare of the temporary construction workers at the Intsitute by initiating non-formal learning pro- grammes for their children through the group Nyasa.Our goal is that Contract Workers Benevolent Fund: The Institute has cre-children of every ated a fund within its Endowment to cover unforeseen medicalmember of the emergencies of contract workers on the Institute’s premises.IITGN community Children’s Education Fund: The Institute has set up a fundshould have within its Endowment to provide financial assistance for edu- cational expenses of its contract workers. During 2011-12, Rsaccess to 5,000 per family was provided to all workers with school goingdecent education children and the amount was enhanced to Rs 7,500 per fam- ily in 2012-13. Our goal is that children of every member of theto realize their IITGN community should have access to decent education tofull potential. reach their full potential. Palej Village Outreach Project: Palej village, which adjoins IITGN’s permanent campus, shares the Institute’s boundaries on three sides. IITGN has initiated a constructive relationship with Palej village and is creating the “Palej Village Outreach Fund” within its endowment, whose interest income will be available to faculty and students to undertake outreach activi- ties in the village. | 14 |
Innovations inFACULTY INCENTIVESLiberal Financial Terms: Through donor funds, outstandingfaculty candidates are provided additional top-up monthlyhonorarium (over and above the regular salary) in the formof Chair (senior academics) and Research Fellowships (foryounger academics). Incoming career faculty are offered liberalrelocation expenses and an interest-free soft advances for their The Instituteinitial setup. As a result, IITGN currently offers among the most grants one yearattractive financial packages to new faculty candidates. leave to a newSummer Research Fellowships for Faculty: To encourage faculty (within afaculty to seek external funding and pursue major summerresearch, the Institute has implemented the Summer Research semester ofFellowship. The fellowship offers two months salary in the joining thesummer (over and above their regular annual salary), providedthey bring sufficient sponsored research funding. Institute, e.g.) for internationalFaculty Excellence Awards: Faculty contributions at exception-ally high levels are acknowledged with generous recognition post-doctoraland awards. The Institute has established attractive annual researchcash awards for excellence in teaching, research, institutionbuilding and leadership, and outreach. opportunities.International Exposure to Faculty: The Institute has imple-mented extremely liberal norms for granting one year leave to anew faculty (for example, within a semester of joining the Insti- Chemical Engineering Competitiontute) for international post-doctoral research opportunities. on water purification.
Innovations in STUDENT RECRUITMENT Liberal Branch Change Rules: IITGN has the most liberal branch change rules of any IIT. Students are exposed to the challenges and opportunities in every engineering discipline,IITGN has the to empower them to make informed choices. In 2010, IITGN was able to accommodate the branch change request of everymost liberal student.branch change Top-Up Scholarship for Meritorious PhD Scholars: The In-policy of any IIT. stitute offers an additional top-up scholarship of Rs 5,000 perIn 2010 every month and Rs 10,000 per month from donations to meritorious PhD scholars, based on well defined criteria. This scholarshipstudent’s branch is in addition to the regular scholarship, enabling students tochange request pursue their PhD studies without financial apprehensions.was accommo- Start-Early Ph.D Fellowships: To attract high quality PhD stu-dated. dents, IITGN offers direct, early admission to top BTech rank- ers in the 50 leading engineering institutions in the country (30 NITs and 20 other reputed undergraduate colleges in India) and to BTechs from the IITs. These students are also eligible to receive additional top-up scholarships.Electrical Engineering Workshopwith Dr. Joycee M. Mekie.
Innovationsin FACULTYRECRUITMENT Academics from leadingProactive Engagement of Potential Faculty Candidates: IITGNis vigorously identifying, motivating and nurturing potential institutions in thefaculty candidates. Indian origin graduate students and post- USA, Germany,doctoral researchers at leading world universities are continu- Financial support France, Portugal,ously engaged through our quarterly newsletter and othercommunications. The Director visits top universities to address for initiating Switzerland,potential faculty candidates. A Young Researchers Conclave research New Singapore,organized at IITGN in December 2011 brought 50 candidatesto the Institute for two days. The Institute participates in events activities through Zealand, etc.for young Indian reseachers from across the United States at “seedspent have funding”MIT and Stanford. has been substantialOpportunistic Recruitment: To develop a strong seed faculty elevated to a new periods atand to create a vibrant academic environment, the Institutesometimes recruits faculty solely on merit, unmindful of their level – through IITGN.discipline or specialization. The Institute will attempt to bal- focus on theance its long-term needs for disciplines and specializationsas it progresses. The experiment has been extremely success- needs offul and has brought enormous diversity to the Institute’s pro- proposedgrams. initiationRecruitment Mode: The Institute targets exceptional faculty projects.through innovative and flexible governance models. Excep-tional candidates are quickly offered a 2-year appointmentthrough a Standing Committee, instead of a formal SelectionCommittee, which cannot meet as frequently. In addition, Dr. Amit Prashant, Civil Engineering.those recruited through the Selection Committee are affordeda lengthier window of opportunity to demonstrate their caliber,capabilities and achievements, through a two-year probation-ary tenure as opposed to the one-year probationary norm inthe IIT system.Research Initiation Grants: Financial support for initiatingresearch activities through “seed funding” has been elevated toa new level, by focusing on the needs of the proposed initiationprojects, rather than through fixed seed grants. The faculty isexpected to submit a formal research proposal, which is peerreviewed, and reasonable funds are provided for initiating newfaculty research projects.Expectations from Faculty: The Institute has developed aformal document outlining the expectations the Institute hasof its faculty after extensive deliberation with them. This docu-ment is provided with the appointment letter, and clearly ar-ticulates the high expectations that IITGN faculty must meet. | 17 |
Dr. S. L. Narayanamurthy and Diverse Faculty Profiles: The Institute recognizes the valueDr. Gregory MacRae. of diversity in its faculty and has created mechanisms to tap and utilize talent in whatever form it may be available. For instance, the Institute engages several eminent academics as Distinguished Honorary Professors and Guest Professors, who contribute to the Institute with short-term engagements. It alsoIITGN has a recruits faculty without a PhD as Teaching Professors or Re-pro-active search Professors when appropriate. The Institute has also suc- cessfully hired several senior academics superannuated fromagenda to bring the IIT system and elsewhere to help with academic adminis-visiting faculty tration and mentoring of younger faculty.from across the International Faculty: Diversity in the faculty enriches an in-world to the stitute’s educational ambiance. IITGN has a pro-active agenda to bring visiting faculty from across the world to the Institute.Institute. Academics from leading Institutions in the United States, Ger-Academics from many, France, Switzerland, Portugal, and New Zealand have spent extensive time at the Institute.leading collegesin the UnitedStates, Germany, Innovations inFrance, Portugal STAFF DEVELOPMENTSwitzerland, and Staff Development Programme: In appreciation of the crucialNew Zealand role of supporting staff in pursuit of excellence, staff members are encouraged to continuously improve their knowledge andhave spent skills. The Institute expects every member of the staff to spendextensive periods at least 10 days in a year in trainings and workshops at Institute expense.at the Institute. Excellence Awards for Staff: To encourage excellence among support staff, attractive annual financial awards have been instituted to recognize and reward excellence in performance. | 18 |
PARTNERS ANDSUPPORTERSAdvisory Councils: The Institute has created mechanisms to The Institute hasengage some of the most outstanding individuals from aca-demia, industry, and other sectors. The Academic Advisory engagedCouncil, which is global in character and includes eminent outstandingacademics from around the world, meets once a year to helpbring best practices in academic governance. The Advisory individuals fromBoard on Industry Partnerships, which is local and includes academia andeminent industrialsts from Ahmedabad and its neighbour-hood, helps create strong linkages with industry. The Benefac- industry throughtor Advisory Committee, which includes significant donors of the Academicthe Institute, assists in introducing best practices in fund rais-ing, and to help raise funds. An annual Leadership Conclave Advisoryadvises the Institute on the general direction of the Institute Council, theand helps integrate the deliberations of the three committees. Advisory BoardPublic-Private Partnerships: Since its inception, IITGN has on Industryworked towards a model in which public funds are utilized forroutine capital and operating expenditures, while private funds Partnerships, theare applied to nurturing and supporting excellence (wherever Benefactorit is not possible through public funds). The Institute has raisedmajor private donations in addition to commitments for signif- Advisoryicantly larger donations in the future. These funds are utilized Committee andto provide unprecedented financial support and incentives tooutstanding faculty and PhD students. Very early in the Insti- the Leadershiptute’s existence, well wishers of the Institute set up a tax-ex- Conclave.empt Foundation in the United States to support the Institutein its endeavours to seek private funds abroad. 2012 graduation.
Innovation percolates The extraordinary enthusiasm and participation of students and faculty in Institute endeavors powers innovation in every element of campus life. Amalthea: Since 2010, the students at IITGN have organized an annual technology conclave Amalthea. The 2010 Conclave on Renewable Energy was supported by almost every major company associated with renewable energy in India. The 2011 Conclave on Infrastructure was inaugurated by Sri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat. The students have consistently raised more funds for the event than their expenditure. The event demonstrates the extraordinary maturity and leadership capabilities of our students. Conferences and Workshops: IITGN faculty have organized several highly successful conferences, workshops and continu- ing education programmes. An International Conference on Cognition, Experience & Creativity in October 2010 included several distinguished speakers from Bulgaria, England, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Macedonia, Portugal, Turkey, and the U.S. A short course on Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquake Engi- neering attracted 109 participants in 2011 and 80 participants in 2012 from industry and academia. Other programs include a Workshop in Indian Archaeology, Epigraphy and Ancient History and an International Conference and Workshop onBlithchrone, 2011 student cultural Safety.festival. Blithchron: In its first year, IITGN students organized the flag- ship inter-college cultural festival Blithchron. This was whenThe Amalthea the student body comprised just 90 students. The extremely popular annual event has grown in stature and size since, toTechnical Summit almost 8,000 attendees.attractsprominentindustry leadersand in 2011 wasinaugurated byGujarat ChiefMinister SriNarendra Modi. | 20 |
RESEARCH AT IITGN IIT Gandhinagar aspires to promote world-class research that will make a positive impact on society today and groom the leaders and creators of tomorrow’s technologies. With this ob- jective the Institute: • Provides liberal research support to faculty to initiate their research • Has pioneered the concept of Summer Research Fellow- IITGN has ship in Indian academia, which enables an active faculty fostered ties with member to draw 14 months of salary in a year • Liberally supports travel by faculty and students (both various institutes graduate and undergraduate) to international confer- in India and ences • Focuses on research that is relevant and makes a direct abroad, enabling contribution to the lives of peopleundergraduate • Encourages active engagement and participation of undergraduate students in researchstudents topursue short As a result of this emphasis on research, the Institute has been engaged in 20 externally funded projects in its first four years.research stints Some of the agencies funding research projects of our facultyduring the include: • Department of Biotechnologysummer at some • Department of Science and Technologyof the world’s • Ministry of Earth Sciences • Ministry of Human Resource Developmentleading • Underwriters Laboratoryuniversities and • Ricoh Innovations Inc. • Department of Information Technologycompanies. • Government of Gujarat • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Products made from sticks by 2011 students.
The Institute is also fostering ties with various Institutes in In- dia and abroad, which enables IITGN undergraduate students pursue short research stints during the summer. Very often, students continue their research well after the internship pe- riod. Some institutes with whom IITGN has active relationships are: • University of Washington, St. Louis • Duke University, Durham, Noth Carolina • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington • University of Notre Dame, Indiana • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore • University of Rhode Island • The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland • California Institute of Technology, PasadenaA center-of- The Institute has developed a core team to undertake inter-excellence in disciplinary research in areas such as: • Biotechnology, Biomedical Instrumentation, and biomedical Drug Deliveryengineering is • Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering • Materials Science and Engineeringbeing establishedat IITGN with a In addition, a center-of-excellence in biomedical engineering is being established at IITGN with a partial contribution of Rs 10contribution of crores by the Gujarat State Government.Rs 10 crore by The Department of Information Technology (DIT) has sanc-the Gujarat State tioned Rs 1.55 crore to establish an incubation center to pro-Government. mote student entrepreneurship under its TIDE (Technology Incubation and Development of Entrepreneurs) scheme. In addition, the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has sanctioned an endowment of Rs 1.5 crore to establish a “Varahamihira MoES Chair” at the Institute in Earth System Science and Engineer- ing (including Earthquake Engineering, Science of Climate Change, and Ocean Science and Technology).Dr. Srinivas Reddy.
PURSUING GLOBALLEADERSHIP INEDUCATIONA world-class university requires: concentration of talent,adequate resources, and favorable governance. The Board ofGovernors of IITGN and the administration are committedto developing a flexible governance structure that empowersthe faculty and students to a degree that is unprecedented in The Board ofIndian academia. The Institute supplements the Government Governors ofof India grants with substantial philanthropic contributionsto recruit and support outstanding faculty and PhD students. IITGN and theAmong the programmes that utilize donations for attracting, administrationretaining and empowering the most outstanding faculty, stu-dents and staff, are: are committed to developing aFaculty Chairs: Faculty chairs recognise and reward excel-lence, and help retain outstanding faculty. Besides an hono- flexible gover-rarium associated with the Chair, the title lends prestige to the nance structureincumbent. It also honours donors by associating their namewith the academic achievements of a distinguished academic. that empowersAn endowment of Rs 120 lakhs (US$240,000) makes possible the faculty andone chair. The amount may be donated over a period of threeyears. The Institute has also approved “limited time” faculty students to achairs of 3 years for a donation of Rs 18 lakhs or 6 years for a degree that isdonation of Rs 30 lakhs. The endowment provides an honorari-um of Rs 50,000 per month to the recipient. unprecedented in Indian academia.Research Fellowship for Outstanding New/Young Faculty:With a view to attracting the best faculty, IITGN is creatingResearch Fellowships to recognize and reward outstanding newfaculty members based on their demonstrated academic cre-dentials. Recipients get a monthly honorarium in addition totheir regular salary. An endowment of Rs 60 lakhs (US$120,000) IITGN Chairman Dr. R. A. Mashelkarenables the creation of one such fellowship. A donor may con- speaking to students.tribute the entire corpus in one installment or over a period ofthree years. Limited-time fellowships may also be establishedfor a Rs 9 lakh commitment for a 3-year and Rs 15 lakhs for a6-year fellowship. The endowment provides an honorarium ofRs 25,000 per month to the recipient.Excellence Awards for Faculty: The Institute has set up Excel-lence Awards to recognise faculty members for outstandingcontributions in teaching, research, institution building, andoutreach (service to the profession, through committee work,consulting and continuing education). Recognition of their ef-forts motivates faculty members to pursue their passion. Theseawards carry a financial reward of Rs 50,000. In addition, a sumof Rs 50,000 is contributed to the faculty member’s ProfessionalDevelopment Fund. A contribution of Rs 10 lakhs enables theestablishment of one such award. | 23 |
Summer Research Fellowships for Faculty: To encourage fac- ulty members to spend most of the summer vacation at IITGN to work on serious research endeavours, the Institute has setThe Institute up fellowships that provide an honorarium equal to two-month salary. The awards are made on careful assessment of researchprovides proposals and a faculty member’s track record in attracting ex-additional ternal funds. Rs 20 lakhs are required annually for this scheme.support of Travel Support to Faculty and Students: Faculty members whoRs 50,000 to participate in international conferences are provided partial travel support through Government grants. The Institute pro-faculty members vides additional support of Rs 50,000, raised from donations,once in two years to faculty members once in two years based on excellence in teaching, research (publications, sponsored projects), outreachbased on (consulting, continuing education etc), and institution build-excellence in ing. Similarly, students may receive partial support upto Rs 50,000 to present their work at international conferences.teaching,research, Pioneer PhD Scholars Fund: To attract the best doctoral stu- dents to IITGN, PhD students of outstanding merit are provid-outreach ed an additional fellowship of Rs 10,000/Rs 5,000 per month inand institution addition to the amount prescribed by the Government.building. Overseas Research Experience for PhD Students and Young Faculty: The Institute encourages PhD scholars to spend a semester at a top research laboratory or Institute in India or overseas. The support of about Rs 6 lakhs (US$12,000) is re- quired per student for overseas placement. Similarly, young faculty members who have not studied or worked overseas are provided opportunities to spend a year at an overseas institute. Merit Scholarships for Undergraduate Students: The Insti- tute depends on Government grants to offer merit-cum-means scholarships to undergraduate students. IITGN also believes in rewarding the outstanding achievements of undergraduate students irrespective of their parental income. The Institute has established scholarships for outstanding students who distin- guish themselves in academics, sports, cultural, social, and leadership activities. An endowment of Rs 4 lakhs (US$8,000) supports one such scholarship. Excellence Awards for Outstanding Non-Teaching Staff: The Institute has set up annual Excellence Awards to recognize non- teaching staff who provide exemplary service and show sus- tained dedication to the Institute. The awards includes a cash award of Rs 25,000. A sum of Rs 5 lakhs (US$10,000) establishes one award. Veteran classical singer Arati Ankalikar, performs at the Foundation Programme. | 24 |
BENEFACTORADVISORY COMMITTEEIITGN celebrates innovation and perseverance in every as-pect of its academic culture. We are receptive to new ideas andconstructive criticism to meet the expectations of our support-ers, which have been steadily rising with every milestone wereach. The Benefactor Advisory Committee actively engagesour significant benefactors with the Institute and its membersshare their success stories with our students. We invite you tobe a member of this Committee by making a one-time contri-bution of Rs 10 lakhs (US$20,000) or more. Alternatively, youmay pledge a contribution of Rs 2 lakhs per year (US$4,000 peryear) for a minimum of five years. Membership to this commit-tee include such benefits as, naming of the activities initiatedthrough your contributions, active participation in those activi-ties, and announcement of your membership in our AnnualReport. Current members of our Benefactor Advisory Commit-tee are:Ms Asha Jadeja is wife of late Prof. Rajeev Motwani and head ofthe Rajeev Motwani Foundation. An IIT Kanpur and UC Berke-ley graduate, Motwani was professor of Computer Science atStanford University where he did pioneering research in websearch, robotics, and theoretical computer science. Originallyfrom Ahmedabad, Ms Jadeja did her graduate studies at USC,UC Berkeley, and Stanford. She is active in philanthropic edu-cational initiatives in India and the USA. She has also beenmentoring many successful start-ups in the Bay area.Mr Raj Mashruwala is a great friend and guide of the Institute.He is an active angel investor through Mashruwala Investmentsand is mentor/advisor to several early start-up ventures. He isDirector of the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, Charter Memberof The Indus Entrepreneur (TiE), and Commissioner, PublicLibrary, City of Palo Alto, USA. He holds a MS degree from UCBerkeley (1976) and BTech from IIT Bombay (1975). Among thetechnology companies he has co-founded are TIBCO Software,YieldUp International, Media Computer Technology, etc.Mr Nandan Nilekani, a graduate of IIT Bombay, is a visionaryIT professional who currently heads the Unique IdentificationAuthority of India (UIDAI) project of the Government of India.A co-founder of NASSCOM and Infosys Technologies Ltd, heserved as the CEO of Infosys from 2002 to 2007. He is a mem-ber of the Board of Governors of IIT Bombay and member ofthe Review Committee of the Jawaharlal Nehru National UrbanRenewal Mission. For his contribution to the country, Nilekaniwas awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2006. | 25 |
Mr Bhikhubhai Patel is founder and Vice Chairman of TarsadiaHotels, a leading hotel investment, development, and man-agement company. He received his B. Com. degree from theUniversity of Baroda (1963). After running a successful cloth-ing manufacturing business in Zambia for 12 years, he movedto USA and started his hospitality business in 1976. He is cur-rently President of the Sanatan Dharma Temple and CulturalCentre of Los Angeles. Patel is active in philantrophic causes.Mr Bhupen Shah has over 25 years of experience in technol-ogy development, product development, and engineeringmanagement in embedded digital media and communicationsolutions at Sling Media, Emuzed, Dazzle, RealChip, PhilipsSemiconductors, IBM, etc. Shah co-founded Sling Media, nowpart of Echostar, and is currently its Chief Technology Officer.He holds an MSc Degree in Computer Science and ElectricalEngineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.Professor A. V. Anilkumar is an aerospace engineer on thefaculty at Vanderbilt University. He was a NASA investigator ofmicrogravity fluid flow phenomenon on Space Shuttle flightsand on the International Space Station. His current interestsare in novel energy conversion systems for airplane flight usinglow altitude rocketry and the design and evaluation of renew-able energy technologies. He has a BTech from IIT Madras andMS and PhD from Caltech.Mr Ashraf Habibullah, a structural engineer and softwaredeveloper, is founder, president and CEO of Computers andStructures, Inc., a structural and earthquake engineering soft-ware company in Berkeley, California. He received the Structur-al Engineers Association of Northern California H. J. BrunnierLifetime Achievement Award (2010), the American ConcreteAssociation Institute Charles S. Whitney Medal (2011), and theAmerican Society of Civil Engineers George Winter Award (2005).Mr Bipin Shah holds a MS from the University of Wisconsinand a BEE (Honours) from Jadavpur University. He is CEO andChairman of Kovair Software in Milpitas, California, which hasa Development Center in Kolkata. He is active in several non-profit organizations, including The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE),Ahimsa Center at California Polytechnic University in Pomonaand the Cupertino Center of Northern California. Shah is afounder of the IIT Gandhinagar Foundation in USA.Mr Avi Nash is a former partner of Goldman Sachs, where heheaded the Global Chemical Industry Group. He has advisedmany of the world’s leading chemical companies on strategy,acquisitions and corporate finance. He is a director of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation and serves as a trustee of several educa-tional and charitable organizations. He earned an MBA fromNorthwestern University, an MS from Syracuse University anda BTech from IIT Mumbai. | 26 |
PARTNER WITHIIT GANDHINAGARIIT Gandhinagar is in pursuit of partners who would like to be apart of our dream and vision of achieving excellence. The jour-ney is both challenging and exciting. We invite you to join us inthis initial historic phase in the life of the Institute and contrib-ute toward developing a world-class university. As we take ourfirst steps into the future, we need and seek your support, yourinvestment, and your guidance. You may contribute to the mis- Everysion of IIT Gandhinagar in several ways. contribution,Academic Contribution: You can make academic contribu- small or large,tions to the Institute by mentoring our students, through facul-ty interaction, and by initiating academic collaborations, such aids ouras student exchange programs, faculty exchanges, and col- endeavour tolaborative research projects. You can also help by encouragingoutstanding faculty candidates you know, to consider a career pursuewith IITGN. excellence.Financial Contribution to Foster Excellence: To pursue excel-lence and to be a leader in education and research, we need tosupplement Government grants with private funding. Everycontribution, small or large, aids in our endeavour to pur-sue excellence. You may also endow faculty chairs and stu-dent scholarships, which can be named after people you holddear. This not only contributes much needed resources to IITGandhinagar, but also helps us connect with our well-wishersin a meaningful and touching way.Friend of the Institute: You can become a member of theFriends of IITGN Programme by pledging a modest contribu-tion on an annual basis. These contributions will be used tosupport numerous initiatives at the Institute; such unrestrictedfunds allow the Institute to leverage opportunities. Member-ship of Friends of IITGN programme is available at three tiers:Sponsor US$500 Rs 20,000 per yearMember US$250 Rs 10,000 per yearFriend US$100 Rs 4,000 per yearContributors are acknowledged with a certificate of member-ship, subscription to our quarterly newsletter Connections,invitations to major public events and convocation, announce-ment of your membership in our Annual Report, and most im-portantly, the satisfaction of supporting the truly noble causeof education with your philanthropic gesture. | 27 |
PROGRAMMES WITHNAMING OPPORTUNITIES Endowment Fund for Chair o Rs 120 Lakh o US$240,000Faculty Limited Time Chair for 6 years o Rs 30 Lakh o US$60,000Chairs Limited Time Chair for 3 years o Rs 18 Lakh o US$36,000 Endowment Fund for Fellowship o Rs 60 Lakh o US$120,000Research Fellowshipsfor Outstanding New/ Limited Time Fellowship for 6 years o Rs 15 Lakh o US$30,000Young Faculty Limited Time Fellowship for 3 years o Rs 9 Lakh o US$18,000Excellence Awards For Two Awards o Rs 20 Lakh o US$40,000for Faculty For One Award o Rs 10 Lakh o US$20,000Travel Support for For Two Supports Each Year o Rs 20 Lakh o US$40,000Faculty and Students For One Support Each Year o Rs 10 Lakh o US$20,000 Fellowship for Four Students (4 Years) o Rs 20 Lakh o US$40,000Pioneer PhD Scholars Fellowship for Two Students (4 Years) o Rs 10 Lakh o US$20,000Programme Fellowship for One Student (4 Years) o Rs 5 Lakh o US$10,000Overseas Research Support for One Faculty (One Time) o Rs 18 Lakh o US$36,000Experience for PhD Support for Two Students (One Time) o Rs 12 Lakh o US$24,000Students andYoung Faculty Support for One Student (One Time) o Rs 6 Lakh o US$12,000Merit Scholarships For Two Scholarships o Rs 8 Lakh o US$16,000for UndergraduateStudents For One Scholarship o Rs 4 Lakh o US$8,000 For Two Awards o Rs 10 Lakh o US$20,000Excellence Awardsfor Non-Teaching Staff For One Award o Rs 5 Lakh o US$10,000
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THE IITGN VISIONGoals • To build and develop a world class insti- tution for creating and imparting knowl- edge at the undergraduate, post graduate, and doctoral levels, contributing to the development of the nation and humanity at large. • To make IIT Gandhinagar the preferred • To develop leaders with vision, creative destination for future generations of stu- thinking, social awareness, and respect for dents, staff, and faculty. our values. • To foster excellence in teaching and re- search to make a global impact. Mission • To engage in path-breaking research that IIT Gandhinagar, as an institution for higher would influence national policies. learning in science, technology and related • To pursue sustainable technological fields, aspires to develop top notch scien- solutions to societal problems. tists, engineers, leaders and entrepreneurs • To focus on lean engineering solutions to meet the needs of the society — now and for sustainable development. in the future. Furthermore, in this land of • To be the leader for academic and indus- Gandhiji, with his spirit of high work ethic trial collaborations in various disciplines, and service to the society, IIT Gandhinagar nationally, and internationally. seeks to undertake ground breaking re- • To create awareness of the true signifi- search, and develop breakthrough products cance of learning and teaching. that will improve everyday lives of our com- • To enrich local schools and communi- munities. ties through value added interactions. • To encourage excellent communication Values skills as part of the institutional culture. • Meritocracy • To prepare students not just for their • Unparalleled quality and excellence first job, but their last job as well. • Honesty, integrity, sincerity and devotion • Trust and freedom with accountabilityVision • Appreciation and celebration of creativity • To shape IIT Gandhinagar into an ex- • Willingness to try new ideas and allow citing place for learning, teaching, and mistakes research. • Social and Moral responsibility • To establish the process of learning that • Respect for every individual, and diversity is free, fulfilling, and an enjoyable experi- • Co-operation, collaboration and team ence. work. • To provide an enabling environment to nurture critical and creative minds, and Principles to propel them to greater heights of excel- • Lifelong commitment to learning lence in their pursuits. • Encouragement of merit • To create a vibrant atmosphere that • Passion and motivation for work breeds front-runner innovators, scientists, • Professionalism engineers, entrepreneurs, academicians • Respect for law and thinkers of tomorrow. • Concern for the improvement of society • To provide opportunity for students to • Transparency in the functioning of the learn from wherever, however, and what- Institute ever they choose to study. • Dedication to the Institute. | 30 |
Director Dr. Sudhir K. Jain celebrates Holi with IITGN students.We are not afraidto get our hands dirty— even if it sometimesmuddies the face too!Ready to join our journey?
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