IIT Delhi ‘very keen’ to set up campus abroad

IIT Delhi ‘very keen’ to set up campus abroad
IIT Delhi campus abroad soon Pritha Roy Choudhury | Nov 5, 2020 - 5:28 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will soon come up with a campus outside the country said director V Ramgopal Rao at a press briefing about the institute’s fifty-first convocation which is to be held on November 7. Prime minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.

“We are definitely very keen on setting up an IIT Delhi campus outside India and we are looking at possibilities, we are very interested and very keen but the discussions are at a preliminary stage,” said Rao.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao also said that the institute has witnessed a good increase in the number of students in the institute. IIT Delhi has a total of 10,900 students this year as compared to 9,793 students in 2019. Over 1,500 will be awarded degrees on Saturday, a majority of them postgraduate students.

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Graduating students

In all, IIT Delhi has 3,131 postgraduate students, 3,319 PhD students and 4,450 bachelors. “So, 60 percent are postgraduate students and only 40 percent are undergraduate students. This is a significant milestone. It is more of a postgraduate institute,” Rao added.

On Saturday’s convocation, 873 students will receive undergraduate degrees, including 744 BTech. degrees and 105 BTech-MTech dual degrees.

This year, out of the 298 students to be awarded PhD degrees, every third student is a woman. “30 percent of our graduating students are women, this is a significant development,” said Rao

Alumni Awards

The institute has also come up with a new award, the Graduates of Last Decades that is GOLD award. Naveen Garg, dean alumni affairs and international programs, announced.

The awardees are Sanjam Garg, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Pankaj Chaddah, co-Founder Zomato and Mindhouse.

A total of eight awardees, five distinguished alumni awardees, two GOLD awardees and one distinguished alumni service awardee were announced.

New Programs

The institute has also introduced five new postgraduate programs Rao announced. These include MTech in cybersecurity and MSc in economics. “We are also offering MSc in cognitive Sciences and a joint PG diploma with National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai and MS Research in the centre for automotive research and tribology which is a centre which is focusing on electric vehicles.”

Two new B.Tech programs have also been introduced, one in engineering and computational mechanics and second B.Tech program in materials engineering.

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