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Dean's Message

Dear Friend,

Hope you are faring well during these testing times.

Adeptly maneuvering through the hurdles of online proctoring, the Institute successfully conducted the mid semester examinations for undergraduate students during the first week of October. With the clearly laid out instructions released by the Institute for smoothly conducting exams in the online mode, complemented by ample support from the faculty members, teaching assistants, and students, the Institute managed to efficiently conduct the mid semester exams in remote proctoring format.

Labs have restarted, and senior Ph.D. students have been allowed to return, along with students staying in remote areas with poor net/power connectivity, etc. Currently, around 550 students are residing on campus, plus around 100 students who reside in Mumbai and commute to labs on campus. 

On a slightly gloomier note, our campus has had a significant number of people contracting Covid. For the last couple of months, there have been almost 2 cases per day. The increased number of cases may be partly because of increased testing and partly reflecting an increase in Mumbai following the relaxation of lockdown measures.  The total cases on campus have crossed 100. However, while we had some serious cases on campus early in the pandemic, in recent times most cases have been mild, and people have recovered relatively quickly.  A few of the students have contracted Covid with mild or no symptoms but thankfully, no student has been severely affected. The dedicated facility created by the IIT Bombay hospital for Covid patients has been invaluable to those who needed it.  Some hostel wings have also been identified to house students who test positive but are asymptomatic. The role of the hospital has been greatly appreciated by students as well as staff and faculty. With an efficient task force toiling consistently to ensure the safety of campus inmates, we hope to “flatten the curve” of Covid cases in the Institute.

A number of internship opportunities, foreign exchange offers, and Ph.D. fellowship schemes were released. The Hong Kong Ph.D. fellowship granted by the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, and the Eiffel Tower excellence program by ENSTA Bretagne, France were introduced to the students through the International Relations Office. 

Prof. Souvik Mahapatra (Electrical Enginering), Prof. Vivek Agarwal (Electrical Enginering), and Prof. M. Ravikanth (Chemistry) have been inducted as Fellows of the Indian National Science Academy. This is an acknowledgment of their excellent contributions to research.

In addition,  a number of professors from IIT Bombay participated in various deliberations in the Vaishvik Bhartiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit, a global virtual summit of Overseas Indian Researchers and Academicians, that was organized from October 2- 31.  IIT Bombay was the host for two specific research verticals, namely Energy and Quantum Technology.

The Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan requested the help of IIT Bombay in creating a Blended MOOCs platform for the benefit of all students in their country. Our colleagues stretched their arms to help our neighbor. We are delighted to inform you that thanks to the team headed by Prof. Deepak Phatak, Prof S. Sudarshan, and Prof Bhaskaran Raman, the developed platform, called AfghanX, was inaugurated on October 6 by their Hon'ble Education Minister Dr. Abdul Tayab Balkarzai.

Continuing the initiative that the Parimal and Pramod Chaudhari Centre for Learning and Teaching (PPCCLT) started two years back, a panel discussion was organized to facilitate interaction of the awardees who received the Prof. S. P. Sukhatme Excellence in Teaching award, with IITB faculty. To devise methods to streamline functioning of the ongoing online semester, the topic chosen for the panel discussion was “Digital Learning: Bridging the Divide”.

Displaying unmatched swiftness in the grading process, IIT Delhi released the results of JEE Advanced 2020 this month.  An open-house was organized for prospective women students to help them know more about academics and life at IIT Bombay. The open-house consisted of a panel of professors and current students to resolve any queries regarding the environment, opportunities, and ambience for women students at IIT Bombay. Our esteemed director, Mr. Subhasis Chaudhuri, also sent out a message, congratulating the students and encouraging them to become a part of the Institute. He highlighted the distinctive achievements of IIT Bombay as well as the world-class facilities available on the campus. Of the top 100 JEE rankers this year, 61 of them chose IIT Bombay.

The 'Class of 1992' alumni have planned to set up a cafe that would help improve the ambience of the campus. The entire initiative is driven by the C'92 batch and the cafe will be named Cafe’92. Even the café design has been created by the batch of 1992. The groundbreaking ceremony of the café was carried out on the October 23.

The new Dean ACR office was inaugurated by MHRD secretary, Mr Amit Khare. This office is located on the ground floor of the main building adjacent to the MMD. It has a dedicated Alumni Corner/ Meeting Room, where alumni coming to visit the campus can meet and spend some memorable moments recollecting memories close to their hearts.

On the October 24, an open-house was organized with Institute Functionaries for students to voice their concerns and share their grievances related to the online semester. The panelists included Director, DD AIA, A/Dean AP, A/Dean SA, SWC and PIC Placements.

The generous contribution received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute helps in making an important difference in our endeavor to pursue global excellence. The contribution towards Institute Development, Infrastructure Development, Young Faculty Awards, Chair Professorships, Hostel Development, Student Development, etc.  are examples of the 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, Alumni and Corporate Relations

Tel:+91-22-2576-7023

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

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Prof. U. K. Anandavardhanan, Department of Mathematics is one of the recipients of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2020. IIT Bombay is extremely proud of his achievements.

Student Research activities at IIT Bombay

Inverse-Voltage Controlled Magnetic Anisotropy effect: a new phenomenon for generation of charge current from oscillating magnetization

Name: Ambika Shukla

Department: Electrical Engineering

Program: Ph. D.

Name of supervisor: Prof. Ashwin Tulapurkar

Economical Multi-utility data logging device for corrosion studies

Name: Raghava Kumar Vanama

Department: Civil Engineering

Program: Ph.D.

Name of supervisor: Prof. Balaji Ramakrishnan

Processing Xylan Rich Residue to Produce Prebiotic- Xylooligosaccharides

Name: Ramkrishna Singh

Department: CTARA (IITB Monash)

Program:Ph. D.

Name of supervisor: Prof. Amit Arora

Unusual size effects in Barium Titanate and their implications for improved damage tolerance

Name: Nidhin George Mathews

Department: Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

Program: Ph. D.

Name of supervisors: Prof. N Venkataramani, Prof. Nagamani Jaya Balila

 

Continuous Flow Chemistry and Chemical manufacturing: A Contemporary Solution for a Conventional Problem

Name: Karuna Veeramani
Department: Chemistry
Program: Ph.D.
Name of supervisor: Prof Anil Kumar (Department of Chemistry, IITB) and Prof Neil Cameron (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University, Australia)

More Crop per Drop !

Name: Rahul Raj

Department: CSRE

Program: Ph. D.

Name of supervisor: Prof. J. Adinarayana (IITB) and Prof. Jeffrey Walker (Monash University)