THE Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur ( IIT-K) is widely recognized as one of the top technological learning centres in India. The institute is expanding fast, and is looking forward to opening a centre in Noida soon, to enable those present in the National Capital Region to have access to this premier institution for on- site studies, just like those in the main institute.
“The Noida campus will be a distance study centre to be opened by 2012 and will function with the help of the best technocrats imparting education through conferences. It will also offer short- term management and refresher courses,” says Sanjiv Kashalkar, registrar of IIT-K. But then, IIT-K has always been at the forefront of innovation — being the first educational institute in India to offer computer sciences as far back as 1963, or in more recent times, working on ‘Jugnu’, a remote- sensing nano satellite scheduled to be launched this year.
One of the more interesting projects that the institution has been working on is to find a way to bring down the incidence of heart attacks in the country.
In collaboration with Brown University of Rhode Island, USA, an Ivy League institution, IIT-K has created a small synthetic structure that regenerates natural heart tissue cells. Says IIT-K director Sanjay Dhande: “This technology can regenerate previously dead cells due to cardiac arrests. Clinical trials for this are on.” An innovative area of research is safe signalling and navigation for the Indian Railways. A small device using (Global Positioning System) GPS and (General Packet Radio Services) GPRS technologies, senses the presence of other trains on the tracks and can help avert collisions even in the dense fog in zero visibility conditions.
This system can be used to keep a track of the running status of a train, so real time information can be uploaded on to stations along a train’s travel path. This initiative has been successfully tested as a pilot project on the Allahabad- Kanpur track.
Another initiative of IIT-K is the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), set up in partnership with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to foster innovation, research and entrepreneurial activities in technology- based areas. The idea is to provide a platform for start- ups to develop their ideas into viable products.
Spread over 4.3 square kilometers, IIT-K has its own airfield for flight testing and gliding — since it offers a B. Tech programme in Aeronautical Engineering. The institute boasts of a National Wind Tunnel Facility, an advanced centre for material sciences, a Bio- technology centre, an advanced centre for Electronic Systems, the Samtel Centre for Display Technology, a centre for Mechatronics, a centre for Laser Technology, the Prabhu Goel Research Centre for Computer and Internet Security, and a facility for ecological and analytical testing.
The P. K. Kelkar library, so named after IIT-K’s first director, has over 300,000 volumes on its racks and adds 4,500 more a year. Around 1,000 magazines are found on the shelves of this library, which is spread over three floors.
IIT-K offers a number of undergraduate ( B. Tech.) courses ranging from Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences and Bio- engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering to Mechanical Engineering.
A two- year M. Tech is also offered in some of the areas, and what many are not aware of is that a two year MBA and M. Sc degree in some disciplines is also offered over here.
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