IIT Kharagpur is organizing an international e-symposia in association with top global universities to commemorate the completion of the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Academics from universities in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Gandhian experts from India including professors from IIT Kharagpur will deliberate on ‘Gandhian Thoughts and Philosophy’ through webinars spanning over select days in August 2020.
The webinars are scheduled on August 8 with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA and Gandhi Forum, India, August 15 with Tufts University, August 20 with University of Manchester, UK and University of Texas Arlington, USA, August 27 with University of Leeds, UK, University of Melbourne, Australia, University of Auckland and Massey University, New Zealand, and August 28 with the University of Alberta and University of Toronto, Canada.
The themes include Sarvodaya-universal upliftment or progress for all and Swavalamban-the quest for self-reliance, Gandhian legacies in the World Today, Branding Gandhi, Gandhian Economics for Growth in India: From Atma Nirbhar Bharat to Sarvodaya, Philosophy of Gandhian Economics, Gandhipedia: a one-stop portal for browsing Gandhian literature, life-events and his social network. The event has already attracted more than a thousand participants from across the globe.
Prof. Virendra Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur addressed Associate Professors of IIT Kharagpur on August 4, 2020. Given below is the summary of his statement.
"We discussed the parameters of ranking and the 'Institute of Eminence', how faculty members can take cognizance of these parameters while focussing on each element of these academics and research. We need to review our research citations, whether we are duly cited, publish in high impact SCI journals, decide proactively on filing patents and copyrights for our research output while pushing up the benchmark of the quality of doctoral research. A lot more emphasis needs to be given on product development through frugal innovations as well as cutting-edge technological innovations that are being pursued globally. On the front of academics, we need to explore innovative methods of online teaching to ensure quality learning. We have to challenge the students to help their talents evolve so that they can match the pace and needs of the industry. Communication is an aspect we need to understand and adapt to tell our success stories through institutional social media handles. Departments as a whole need to internalize the concept of IoE and global ranking and make strategized efforts to achieve these goals. Each one of us must understand our responsibility and strive for excellence collectively."
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur presents the June 2020 edition of the department newsletter. This edition features the 'Metal Forming Laboratory' and 'Learning in the Times of a Pandemic'. Also featuring faculty achievers, distinguished service awardees, international students at the department, former distinguished faculty.
Addressed the Assistant Professors today. While only 35 could join us at the CET studio, 211 of my friends joined the session, online, to discuss the institutional policy and our vision and plan of action in the coming years. It is important that we have clarity regarding our roles in the COVID situation, what is expected from us to meet the goals of the National Education Policy, Atmanirbhar Bharat. The future of IIT Kharagpur's academia has a crucial role to play in the growth and development of the Institute. In the current scenario, teaching is a challenge. While we have moved to the online mode, it has several disadvantages such as low attendance and attention span, lack of peer learning etc. To address these issues, we discussed new possibilities of innovations in online teaching through dialogue with students in the classes and improve interactions. Further for those who miss the classes, lecture notes need to be drafted intelligently. Another aspect we discussed is the positioning of the Institute globally. To reach our goals and sustain them, the Assistant Professors would need to focus on research output through the procurement of sponsored projects, publications in high-impact factor journals, citations, patents. We have three clear criteria - teaching, research and consultancy. We hope to excel in each of these especially in one of them while maintaining high performance in the others. If we have to achieve our rank among the top global universities, we need to strive towards a common goal and a set roadmap.
Further details: https://www.facebook.com/director.iitkgp/photos/a.1465370230420737/2460213300936420/
Researchers from IIT Kharagpur have been conferred the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards 2020 have been awarded for their work in the area of energy efficiency. Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Prof. Partha Saha and Dr. Aditya Bandopadhyay, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, have been awarded for their work "Electrical Power Generation from Wet Textile". While Prof. Sunando Dasgupta and his team from the Department of Chemical Engineering, have been awarded for their work "Smart, Flexible, and Multi-Functional Thermal and Energy Management Systems for Next-Generation Electronic Devices."
Further details are available at: https://kgpchronicle.iitkgp.ac.in/iit-kharagpur-researchers-win-gandhian-young-technological-innovation-award-for-clean-energy-research/
A day of celebration as an educationist as we welcome the National Education Policy (#NEP2020) announced by Dr.Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The policy has substantial elements for the higher education sector. The key among them is setting up the National Research Foundation to foster research culture, removal of MPhil, emphasis on interdisciplinary and Humanities education at IITs, democratization of school education following the three-language formula (introduction of Sanskrit and education in regional language)
Further details: https://kgpchronicle.iitkgp.ac.in/iit-kgp-director-speaks-on-nep/
Google form registration link for SPARC conference is