Author: Vandana Yadav

Prof Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders Award to IITGN professors

Two faculty members of the institute - Prof Uttama Lahiri and Prof Prachi Thareja - received the prestigious "Prof Indira Parikh 50 Women in Education Leaders" Award. The award ceremony was held at the World Education Congress on “Sustainable Development Goals, Quality Education for All” in Mumbai on July 5. I feel excited on being selected for this prestigious award. This award will help encourage my endeavours in carrying out cutting-edge research to deliver tangible technological devices beneficial to the mankind. Prof Uttama Lahiri An Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, Prof Uttama Lahiri has worked extensively on Automated Techniques for Stroke Rehabilitation and Autism Intervention, with one of her ideas (for which patent application has been filed) moving towards commercialisation. Prof Lahiri’s research interests include virtual reality-based human computer interaction used in affective computing, eye tracking and physiology-based modeling techniques, and human-robot interaction used in cognitive studies. An Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering, Prof Prachi Thareja’s research seeks to answer how the underlying microstructure influences the flow properties of “soft materials”. Several examples of soft materials exist around us viz. gels, polymer blends, emulsions and liquid crystals. How they flow when a stress is applied or removed is of immense interest to industry and academicians. Prof Thareja is studying novel suspensions, gels for adsorption, nanoparticle containing hydrogels for antimicrobial action and food-grade emulsions. I am honored to receive this award. This award inspires me and the women scientists’ fraternity to undertake impactful research...

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Interpreting project-based learning

Prof Dheeraj Sanghi, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Kanpur recently delivered a talk on project-based learning at the institute. He started with the question – What is project-based learning? To this, he received several responses. The responses were collated into basic culminations of project-based learning viz. generating innovative ideas, building new technologies, learning the discipline, facilitating group activity and team work, learning related areas, ensuring effective time management and application of material learnt, etc. Professor Sanghi explained that the first thing in such a learning is to define its outcomes. He said, “Unless we know what we are aiming at, having a targeted project-based learning is difficult.” He also cited the need to differentiate between the outcomes for a first-year student or a sophomore and a final-year student. The learning outcomes are very different for students in different years of study. Inculcating time sensitivity among students, said Professor Sanghi, is critical in order to improve the effects of project-based learning. An interesting suggestion that emanated from the discussion was that the project should be divided into multiple modules and evaluation of each of these modules should happen at regular intervals. This would take off the burden from both the students and the professors. He said, “If the project is divided into sections, the stress will be distributed and the outcomes would be systematic. This way, you will...

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Special efforts initiated to attract more girls at the institute

I strongly encourage girl students to consider admission to various IITs and IITGN in particular. Besides top-quality education, the campus life at IITGN is quite vibrant. It is located in a safe area and the campus has round-the-clock security. Prof Pratik Mutha Dean of Academic Affairs IITGN is committed to intellectual diversity. We encourage students to express their views. It is a very warm and welcoming place for students from all backgrounds. I encourage women to come to IITGN to realise their passion and potential. Prof Mona Mehta Humanities & Social Sciences The institute has started​ a special helpdesk and a website dedicated to addressing queries of prospective female students. In an effort to improve the number of female students across the IITs, special supernumerary seats have been created starting this year. The move is aimed at ensuring that at least 14 per cent of the students in each branch at various IITs is women. After successfully organising an Open House for all students qualifying the JEE Advanced exam, IITGN has also initiated special initiatives for reaching out to aspiring female candidates. The institute has set up a special helpdesk for female applicants to address their various queries. A webpage and a Facebook page have also been created to reach out and help the women candidates. Email IDs of various faculty members, including female faculty members from several departments, have been made available on the webpage for targetted enquiries. The idea is...

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NEEV helps change lives through its summer courses

IITGN’s gesture of reaching out to the community in proximity and surrounding villages has brought a positive development. The lives that NEEV is impacting is commendable. The participants have not only learnt vocational skills but have also gained confidence to present themselves. Shri Hitesh Koya (IAS), DDO Gandhinagar and chief guest While addressing the trainees More than 100 trainees were awarded certificates in various vocational skills. The eight-week courses had commenced in April. It was a very good experience to learn basics of stitching and cutting in our own village, that too, without any fee. We are now thinking to...

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Aerospace materials in focus at IITGN

​The Advanced Materials Processing Research Group at the institute hosting a thought-provoking workshop on the subject “Aerospace Materials: Microstructure, Fracture and Fatigue” as a Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) course. The course was inaugurated by Air Vice Marshal A K Gupta (VSM), Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (SMSO) of South Western Air Command (SWAC). Taught by Dr Kumar V Jata, CEO, Jata Materials Solutions, USA, the course comprised lectures and tutorials, and culminated on June 22. Dr Jata has been a fellow of Air Force Research Labs in 2006 and ASM International in 1998. The course focussed on various microstructures ​that can be produced in structural metals particularly in aluminum, titanium and nickel-based superalloys and how one can manipulate the microstructure to produce desirable properties. The product forms and heat treatment tempers needed for aerospace industries were discussed. There was also an emphasis on the use of aluminum alloys in the automotive industry and shipbuilding. Researchers from Indian Air Force, industry, Defense Research Labs and various academic institutes from across the country participated in the course. A 10-day GIAN course titled “Aerospace Materials: Microstructure, Fracture and Fatigue” was inaugurated yesterday by Air Vice Marshal A K Gupta (VSM), Senior Maintenance Staff Officer (SMSO) of South Western Air Command (SWAC). Aerospace materials are one of the most important ingredient of any aircraft. Just 0.1 per cent improvement in aerospace materials can give you an increased payload output of 20 per...

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