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Dean's Message

Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay.

It pains me to say that the month of April has brought with it this time, not its usual air of joviality and gayety, rather a state of uncertainty among all campus residents. A segment of that endless cycle, when the institute would be alive with the hustle and bustle of students hastily gearing up for the end semester, has now been replaced with a state of desolation. But even in this situation of crisis, the flame that burns in each one of us has yet to be extinguished. I take this opportunity then, to update you of the current situation on the campus as well as to showcase some of the most brilliant pieces of research being conducted in the institute.

On March 19, by executive order, the Collector took over Two floors of Van Vihar Building, Hostel 18, a part of Hostel H8 in the campus and MTNL Guest House (rented by IITB outside the campus) as a designated quarantine for all flyers (C-category, i.e., those without symptoms) coming into the city from various international destinations. Recently, the batch of flyers, who had occupied rooms in Van Vihar Guest house has departed after successfully completing their mandatory duration of the quarantine. Other facilities on the campus remained unutilised. As of May 1, only one campus resident, who worked outside the campus as a health-worker, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On that day, IITB authorities immediately shifted the family to the Van Vihar guest house, for a quarantine period of 14 days. None in the family members has shown any symptoms. The infected individual has now completely recovered and is back to her normal routine along with her family. 

The Honourable Director, Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Prof. A. K. Suresh (Deputy Director AIA) and Prof. T. Kundu (Dean of Student Affairs) have been remarkable in the dissemination of information and campus-wide updates and are doing their best at establishing a sense of security. Prof N. Viswanathan, (Associate Dean of Infrastructure - I), with his team, has taken on a huge task of organizing the supply of groceries, vegetables and fruits for the campus residents on a regular basis from various sources outside the campus. As a result, campus residents have breathed a sigh of relief. I strongly urge you to follow the preventive measures as directed by the government and your local health authorities and encourage others to do the same so that we emerge out victorious from this global battle.

This time in the newsletter, we take a different path by covering faculty and students’ research because of the nationwide lockdown. In this context, I am delighted to present an aphoristic account of the remarkable research of Prof. Subimal Ghosh, a faculty member at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay. He has been honoured with the prestigious Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award, 2019 for breakthrough work on the understanding of how land surface processes influence the Indian monsoon, as well as for improving regional monsoon simulations and predictions. We are very proud of his sensational contributions and wish him luck for his future. 

We have also invited B.Tech., Dual Degree, M.Tech. and Ph.D. students to provide a concise account of their research for the knowledge of our alumni. We present a few of them for your reading in the edition of the newsletter.  

The generous contribution received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute helps make an important difference in our endeavour to pursue global excellence. The contribution towards Institute Development, Infrastructure Development, Young Faculty Awards, Chair Professorships, Hostel Development, Student Development, etc. are examples of utilization of these funds for the betterment of the Institute. We invite you to contribute to the Institute’s betterment to the best of your ability.

Suhas Joshi

Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations

Tel: +91-22-2576-7023

E-Mail: dean.acr.office@iitb.ac.in

Faculty Research at IIT Bombay

Prof. Subimal Ghosh

Monsoon, the most complex meteorological phenomena and its regional projections- A faculty research perspective.

Student Research activities at IIT Bombay

Pravin Raut

Investigation of various capping layer configuration on heterogeneously coupled SML on SK quantum dots heterostructure.

Siddhartha Das

Nanofibrous coated metallic implants 

Sandip Lashkare

PMO based oscillator neuron for neuromorphic computing

Manish Mosalpuri

Research on Plastic Pyrolysis

Haseen Siddiqui

Experimental and Modeling Study of Downdraft Gasification for High Ash Content Feedstock