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Dean's Message

Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay!

Hope you are healthy and safe.

Another month has passed with the situation in the country showing no signs of turning around yet. Mumbai city seems to have steadied out in terms of the daily rate of addition of fresh cases over the past month, however, in areas surrounding the city and contiguous with it, the number of cases is increasing alarmingly. The campus has seen a few more cases with the total number of cases from the campus now standing at 13. We have opened up to Post-doctoral Fellows and project staff coming from outside the campus, with some restrictions, and have allowed the functioning of offices with pared-down staff numbers and policies of rotation.

We are working on a dashboard for the Covid-19 webpage which will be continuously updated with details of cases recovered, still active, etc. We hope to have this up on the webpage soon. In addition to this, the student task force has picked up an initiative named ‘Campus online’, aimed at digitizing and bringing online several of our processes currently requiring physical forms and registers. Prof Sudarshan is the Convener of the committee driving the initiative, and the committee has, in addition to the student members, a representation from ASC in order to ensure good coordination.

I am delighted to announce that Prof. Pratim Biswas, a distinguished alumnus of IITB and a world leader in aerosol research, has been selected as the next Dean of Engineering at the University of Miami. Prof. Milind Atrey has been selected as the President of Indian Cryogenics Council, the apex council for the same, for 3 years. Furthermore, Karmvir Singh Phogat who completed his Ph.D. in Systems and Controls Engineering in 2018 has received the best Automatica Paper Prize for the years 2018-2020. Automatica, a premier journal in the field of Automatic Control, had selected just 3 papers for the award. To add the cherry on top, the research work of Profs. Rajneesh Bhardwaj and Amit Agrawal of Mechanical Engineering, entitled, "Likelihood of survival of coronavirus in a respiratory droplet deposited on a solid surface" published in the journal Physics of Fluid is earning rave reviews globally.

On June 11, NIRF declared IIT Bombay to be 3rd in the Engineering college category and 4th in overall category this year. We also took the first step in India in concretely deciding how we must bring a closure to the current semester to help our students. After a long deliberation in the Senate, we have decided that the next semester will be run purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety of the students. Students can opt for the "S" grade in a course after the instructor awards a letter grade. Instructors will be allowed to decide the total marks, the syllabus and weightage of the re-examination to arrive at the final grade of the student, to be announced before July 7. The 2019-batch of UG students will be permitted to change their branch as per the Senate approved existing norm with the only exception that anyone opting for "S" grade in a course will be declared ineligible.

IIT Bombay also formally took charge of the organization of GATE 2021 on June 13. Our GATE office headed by Prof. Deepankar Chaudhury, Prof. M. Aslam and Prof. Upendra Bhandarkar will give you a periodic update on GATE 2021.

Cultural GCs held this year witnessed participation from a good number of students from different hostels, with the overall standings being H4 at the 1st position, H5 at the 2nd and H6 claiming the 3rd.

This month saw an enormous increase in the number of Online Lecture Series, Q n A sessions and Webinars conducted by our esteemed alumni and organized by the students. In addition to this, Aavhan, IIT Bombay organized a ‘Virtual Run’ along with a fundraiser for the RAHAT campaign by the Goonj Foundation. The event proceeded marvelously, with more than 1000 runners and raising a donation of more than Rs.13,000/- for the same. E-Cell IIT Bombay’s internship portal was also launched this month to interface the students with various startups.

We realized that several of our students are economically challenged and need support to undertake on-line education. IIT Bombay, under the leadership of Prof. Subhasis Chaudhury, launched a fund-raising campaign to provide laptops and internet connectivity to our needy students. We realised that we have more than 1000 students who need this support. In response, IITB Heritage Foundation provided very strong support in our endeavor to help the needy students tide over the difficulties in attending to online instructions. It was able to collect $301,000 from its US-based alumni pursuant to extended fund-raising drives. This will help us provide laptops and internet connectivity to about 500 students. In addition, Legacy batch of 1994 batch came forward and made a generous donation of Rs. 1.25 Cr towards this cause. Several of our students are still need to be catered to. Therefore, we urge you to donate to this cause and ensure that not a single student misses out on opportunities for want of support. You may visit the web site to support the needy students: http://www.alumni.iitb.ac.in/en/basic-page/student-support-online-learning

 

Suhas Joshi

Dean of Alumni and Corporate Relations

Tel: +91-22-2576-7023

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

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