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July 2021

Dear Friend,

Greetings from IIT Bombay!

Hope you all are healthy and safe.

As Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

Our pandemic ridden societies are slowly and steadily rebuilding the broken lives. Although we may feel powerless in numerous circumstances, what really matters is never stop trying and losing hope. IIT Bombay has been investing its energies and knowledge to bring innovative solutions to fight back the distressing situation across the country.

In the last month, the Institute successfully witnessed the inauguration of the vaccination camp on the campus for all students and residents aged above 18. We are grateful to the student volunteers and Covid taskforce, who ensured the smooth process of the vaccination drive. We are also thankful to the donors, whose support helped us provide free jabs to all service providers on our campus.

The first-year undergraduates have concluded their first year by their end semester exams at the end of this month, whereas the rest of the Institute continues to bask in their summer vacations. Despite many hurdles caused by the pandemic, the academic year has ended on a positive note!

I am delighted to share that a team of researchers led by Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, have developed a state-of-the-art Video Analytics AI platform- Surakshavyuh. The end technology developed due to an incredible industrial collaboration between the National Centre of Excellence in Technology (NCETIS) at IIT Bombay and their industrial partner SrivisifAI Technologies Pvt Ltd.

We also celebrated a hallmark event in the journey of Cancer Care in India as the first CAR-T cells were designed and manufactured at the Biosciences and Bioengineering Department of our Institute and employed for gene therapy by the ACTREC Tata Hospital in Mumbai. We wish the team led by Prof. Rahul Purwar and Dr. Gaurav Narula (from TATA hospital) involved in the collaboration best wishes and are proud of their dedicated efforts in bringing a revolutionary state of the art technology to India at low costs.

Our recent work at IIT Bombay on low-cost sensors for detecting SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acids in wastewater received appreciation. The Ministry of Education and Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Honourable Union Cabinet Minister for Education, Government of India, acknowledged our work on their Twitter handle. The project started in May 2020 and was guided by Prof. Siddharth Tallur (EE) and Prof. Kiran Kondabagil (BSBE) at IIT Bombay, in collaboration, with the University of Strathclyde.

IIT Bombay's International Relations Office hosted the BRICS Network University (NU) World conference online from June 16, 2021 to June 18, 2021. The theme of this conference was electric mobility, and it witnessed presentations by 20 distinguished speakers from 5 BRICS Countries. Apart from the technical conferences on the occasion of the 7th International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2021, IIT Bombay also organized Yogastha, "The Common Yoga Protocol", which was quite well received and attended by both students and faculty.

The generous contribution received from our alumni, corporate entities, and other friends of the Institute assists us in creating a significant impact in our future endeavour to pursue global excellence.

The contribution towards Institute Development, Infrastructure Development, Young Faculty Awards, Chair Professorships, Hostel Development, Student Development, etc., are perfect examples of optimization of these funds for the betterment of the Institute. We invite you to contribute to the Institute's advancement 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

News From IITB

IIT-B Introduces Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering Programme

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, will now offer undergraduate students a choice to curate their courses by providing interdisciplinary foundations to include social sciences, art, and design.

IIT-Bombay Alumni Contribute to Hostel Enhancement

After receiving a donation of ₹ 5 crores from alumni members of Hostel 5, one of the oldest Hostels of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, the Institute has kicked off renovation works.

QS Ranking: IIT-Bombay Still Top Indian Institute, Global Rank 177

IIT Bombay has secured the first position in India and 177th rank this year in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (2022). IIT Bombay tied an overall score of 46.4 out of 100.

IIT Bombay Develops Low-Cost Sensors for Detection of SARS-Cov-2 Nucleic Acids

Scientists from United Kingdom (UK) and India have come together to develop a low-cost sensor to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the infectious coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the wastewater.

IIT-Bombay develops an AI platform for real-time video surveillance - SURAKSHAVYUH

A state-of-the-art video surveillance platform developed by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has found applications in military surveillance and remote monitoring of social distancing norms violations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alumni Initiatives

IIT-Bombay Alumni Donate Rs 25 Crore for Digital Healthcare

The booming digital healthcare space will see the coming together of technology and healthcare at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. Its alumni, Ms Rekha and Mr Rizwan Koita have donated Rs 25 crore to set up the ‘Koita Centre for Digital Health’ (KCDH).

Blackstone’s Amit Dixit Gifts IIT Bombay with its First Woman Faculty Chair Position

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Institute’s first woman faculty chair, sponsored by Amit Dixit, Blackstone’s Head of Asia for Private Equity. The chair, named “The Amit Dixit Chair,” has been created through Mr.

Faculty Research at IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay Provides Diverse Ambience to Explore Wide Horizons

We are honoured to present an interview with Prof. Atul Srivastava, a Swarnajayanti Fellowship Awardee, who earned his M. Tech in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD. from IIT Kanpur. He worked as a scientist for six years at the Raja Ramanna Center for Advanced Technology, Indore.

Upcoming Events

Workshops

Topic: A Three-Day Online Workshop on Recent Trends in Biomedical Imaging & Applications

Date: 19th to 21st August 2021

Place: IIIT Allahabad.

Student Research activities at IIT Bombay

Additive Manufacturing of Ice

Name: Pushkar Kamble

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Program: Ph.D (4th year)

Name of supervisor: Prof. K P Karunakaran

 

Detection of Fault in Bearings using SVM, RF, NN

Names: Love Kush Tak, Harshita Agarwal, Rishabh Sharaff and Shantanu Chhaparia

Department: Dept of Civil Engineering

 

Disfluency Correction using Unsupervised and Semi-supervised Learning

Name: Nikhil Saini

Dept: Computer Sci. & Eng.

Program: M.Tech (3rd Year)

Name of supervisor: Prof. Preethi Jyothi & Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya

 

Product and Technology Development at IIT Bombay

Metwiz Materials Private Limited

Start-up Name: Metwiz Materials Private Limited 

Inventor/s Name: Prof. Parag Bhargava, Dhruv Parikh, Rashmi Dharmadhikari

ImmunoAdaptive Cell Therapy Pvt Ltd.

Start-up Name: ImmunoAdaptive Cell Therapy Pvt Ltd.

Inventor/s Name: Prof. Rahul Purwar, IIT - Bombay