Author: Khushbu Shah

The curious case of 12 students and 96 “critical” hours

As part of a contest, 12 students at IITGN have been working to find solutions to conserve energy, improve global tourism & relations and understanding the signal reflections in oceans better for the past 72 hours. Tomorrow, as the 96- hour battle will end, the world will have better ideas, brilliant solutions and young leaders of the morrow Twelve (12) undergraduate students worked relentlessly to find solutions to three critical real-world problems. Working in four teams, each comprising three students, the groups worked on these problems as part of the Consortium of Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP)-organised Mathematical Contest in Modelling (MCM) 2018. Held globally every year, the contest is web-based and is open to undergraduate and high school students all over the world. This year, over 8,000 students competed for the International COMAP Scholarship Award. With the objective of turning theory into practice, the competition looks at powering solutions for the 21 st century through mathematical applications and modelling resources. The idea behind the contest is that mathematics was invented to help humans understand and manage the world around them. Six problems were posed this year, of which the IITGN students have selected three. These comprised Multi-hop HF Radio Propagation (the students will be developing a mathematical model for signal reflection off the ocean), How Many Languages? (the students will look at improving global tourism, interpretation of international...

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IITGN opens gates for newly-inducted GEC teachers, trains them in modern pedagogies

Reinventing ourselves with students and modern pedagogies is necessary. It is our responsibility to lead our students and teach them in a qualitative way. You might have opted for teaching as a profession. But, you must remember that if you do it right, you will change the whole system and impact the education sector and our country greatly. Prof Amit Prashant, coordinator of the programme A first-of-its-kind Faculty Induction Programme for newly-inducted teachers of technical colleges was conducted at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) during January 29 to February 2. The programme which began on January 29 was attended by...

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Dr Yann-Pierre Montelle decodes human evolution and prehistory

Dr Yann-Pierre Montelle of New Zealand, a veteran archaeologist and author of Paleoperformance: The Emergence of Theatricality as Social Practice, delivered three lectures at the institute. Through the lecture series, Dr Montelle shared fascinating insights on some recent findings on human evolution. The talk series was co-organised by IITGN’s Centre for Cognitive Science and Archaeological Sciences Centre. A rock art researcher and speleoarchaeologist, Dr Montelle has recently shifted his investigative interests towards India’s fascinating prehistory. His first talk, titled Human Evolution: Of mosaic, hybrids and braids, challenged some of the conventional theories on human evolution. He discussed recent discoveries and their impact on currently-held theories on the subject. In his second talk – Homo Faber: ubiquitous needs and cognition – Dr Montelle tried to establish an index of some of the fundamental gestures and their resulting by-products, and contextualised these in terms of cognition. His last talk explored the world-famous Chauvet- Pont D’Arc Cave (the so-called “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”) and the possible motivations for the authors of those spectacular paintings. The talk was titled Homo aestheticus: But is it...

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The Tower When it Lights Up

This  Campus Feature brings a ‘lighted’ and poetic facet of the ‘Lal Minar’. From how far have you seen the campus all lit-up; warm, friendly, and inviting? Have you stood on the other of the side of the Sabarmati or near the Torrent power house of Gandhinagar, and viewed the ‘lighted tower’ of IIT Gandhinagar? If you have not, do so — this winter. The lighted tower stands as a beacon of knowledge and provides hope to the seekers of...

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Academicians and industrialists discuss IITGN’s way forward

The institute’s Seventh Academic Advisory Council (AAC) meeting and Eighth Leadership Conclave (LC) were held during January 12-13, 2018. Eminent academicians and industrialists from around the world gathered to help the institute strategise on matters of leadership and academic excellence. The AAC comprises leading academicians who meet every year to discuss issues of academic priority at IITGN. The Council provides strategic and external inputs on issues of key importance as the institute grows. To guide the institute in formulating its short, medium and long-term strategic issues, the institute’s Leadership Conclave every year gathers eminent thinkers in the field of education...

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