In the 27 years of its existence, more than 16,000 students have graduated from IIT Guwahati. The institute adapted rapidly to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Online classes were held for as many as 448 courses, the assessment and grading also being completed using online methods for the ensuing semester.
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Delivering the convocation address virtually, chief guest N R Narayana Murthy, founder, Infosys, said: “The only instrument you have to remember is performance, performance leads to recognition, recognition leads to respect. I have hope that 50 years from now, this country will have 70-75 years old who have achieved their aspirational dreams. I have confidence they will create a developed India, an India that is not held back by problems of poverty, sickness, and malnourishment.
“Indians will get respect for their accomplishments wherever they will go and people from other countries would want to come and study in India. Let me tell you such a transformation will not be an easy task, undertake this as a responsibility, it is because of the difficulty, you will have an opportunity.”
“It will only happen, if India becomes an economic power through aspiration, discipline, good values, hard work, and sacrifice. It will only happen if India becomes a moral leader in science, technology, and medicine. It will only happen if India becomes the land of good and fair governance, open-mindedness, plurality, tolerance, meritocracy, and honesty. It will only happen if every Indian regardless of religion and economic class becomes a happy, enthusiastic, optimistic, confident, and hopeful as committed partner in this march,” Murthy added.
Supporting the nation in the fight against the pandemic, IIT Guwahati established a Covid-19 testing centre, quarantine centres, isolation centres, Covid care centers (operational presently) besides a large vaccination centre.
The PhD and postgraduate admissions for July 2020 and December 2020 Sessions were also completed in online mode. Short duration multiple online continuous assessments were held during regular periods. The components of evaluation and weightage were decided by instructors and announced to students at the beginning of the semester.
Congratulating all the graduating students and presenting the annual report, professor T G Sitharam, director, IIT Guwahati, said: “IIT Guwahati has set a goal to be recognized as one of the world’s top institutes/ universities within the next three years. IIT Guwahati is trying to leap forward by embracing the rising demands of newer and interdisciplinary areas of research and technology development by incorporating NEP2020 policies, including industry interaction and participating in offering courses in futuristic areas, providing thrust to startup culture, Entrepreneurship at all levels and creation of jobs in the North East.”
Sitharam said: “In a renewed drive towards collaborations, IIT Guwahati has signed MOUs with many institutes across the nation to bring together the best resources and moving from tower of excellence to network of excellence. In the years to come, IIT Guwahati, with a multidisciplinary focus and specialized centers to attract talent, we hope, would become the ultimate destination of scholars and scientists from the world over.”
“Even during the pandemic, a significant number of full-time students from different countries such as Bhutan, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cameroon, Germany have registered for different programmes at IIT Guwahati. Semester exchange/research internships with partner universities from IITG also happened with Japan and Canada. 14 students had outbound interactions with Kyoto University, Japan, Ecole France, Gifu University Japan, Carema Mediterranean France,” Sitharam added.
IIT Guwahati has also established Centre for disaster management and research (CDMR) and Center for Intelligent Cyber-physical Systems with Master’s and PhD programmes supported as part of DST – Technology Incubation Hub activities, Center for Indian Knowledge System with PhD programme.
Guest of honour professor Hisataka Moriwaki, president, Gifu University, Japan, said: “We successfully carved three international joint degree programs that spur and embody the true concept of globalization. The Joint master’s degree program, includes Science and Technology, being awarded is a test to that. It is our conviction that this program will force the highly skilled professionals with the Science and Technology expertise design thinking skills and global mindset. This program has distinguished itself as a channel to virtue of graduates who are expected to become leaders, in relevant industries in both India and Japan, identifies reason for sustainable society and benefit both regions.”
During the reporting year, IIT Guwahati created four new schools: Mehta Family Foundation School of Data Sciences and artificial intelligence –supported by Mehta Family Foundation from Houston, TX, USA philanthropic support; School of Health Sciences and Technology, Converted Center for Rural technology to School of Agro and Rural technologies – received funding from Cadila Pharma- Thanks to IITG Chairman, BoG, Dr. Rajiv Modi; Center for Energy has been upgraded to School of Energy Sciences and Engineering with new plans for offering Bachelors, Masters and PhD programme with an interdisciplinary focus.
At present, 279 research projects are in progress with a total sanctioned value of Rs. 291.79 crore. During the reporting year Rs. 62.33 crore was sanctioned for 79 new projects by different funding agencies. The major sponsoring agencies include the Ministry of Education, DST, SERB, DBT, BRNS, DRDO, and ICMR, among others. During the year the Institute received 168 Consultancy projects with a sanctioned value of Rs 13.13 crore.