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Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai, Maharashtra
Address: Plot / Street / Area
Powai
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400076


Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Institute of National Importance. Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra was established on / in 1958.


Principal of Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra is Professor Ashok Misra, director@iitb.ac.in, Tel : +91-22-25767002, Fax : +91-22-25723546.

Indian Institute of Technology (IITB) is situated in Mumbai of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai comes under Mumbai Tehsil, Mumbai District.

Fax # of Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra is +91-22-25722545, 25726450.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra are +91-97699-07763, +91-98691-26678.

email ID(s) is Indian Institute of Technology (IITB) Mumbai Maharashtra

Website of Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra is http://www.iitb.ac.in, www.iiti.ac.in, http://www.btc.iitb.ac.in.

Registrar : +91-22-25767021, Fax : +91-22-25723645.


Contact Details of Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra are : 022-25720036, 25720035, 25722545, 25764008, 25767066, 25767042

Undergraduate Admission
Joint Entrance Examination(JEE) Interactive Voice Response System
Phone: +91-22-2576-7062
Email: jeeiitb@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7063, Fax: +91-22-2572-0305


Academic Matters
Dean Academic Programme
Email: dean.ap@iitb.ac.in
General Enquiries
To: "Deputy Registrar"
Email: dracad@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7041, Fax: +91-22-2576-7041

Undergraduate Admission
Student Services

Student Activities:
Dean Students Affair Undergraduate Admission
Email: dean.sa@iitb.ac.in

In-charge Gymkhana Undergraduate Admission
Email: ssyadav@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7079, Fax: +91-22-2572-3480

International Matters
Dean International Relations, Email: dean.ir@iitb.ac.in

General Enquiries, Email: dean.ir.office@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-25767076, Fax: +91-22-25723475

Research & Development
Dean Research & Development, Email: dean.rnd@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7030, Fax: +91-22-2576-3702

General Enquiries
To: "Dean (R&D) Ofiice"
Email: dean.rnd.office@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7039, Fax: +91-22-2572-3702

Centre for Distance Engineering Education Programme (C-DEEP)
Head C-DEEP
Email: head.cdeep@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576 7880, Office:+91-22-2576 4820
Fax: +91-22-2576 4812, Email:cdeep@iitb.ac.in

Recruitment
Registrar Email: registrar@iitb.ac.in
Office of the Registrar
Phone: +91-22-2576-7021, Fax: +91-22-2572-3645

Recruitment for Faculty Positions
Email: marathe@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7946, Fax: +91-22-2576-4031

Recruitment for Staff Positions
Email: bkganesh@iitb.ac.in
Phone: +91-22-2576-7936, Fax: +91-22-2576-4031

About IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay was established in the year 1958 by an Act of Parliament at Powai in Mumbai. The foundation ideas and ideals of the institute evolve and change with national perspectives, national aspirations, and worldwide trends. Over the last few decades, the institute has undergone dynamic progress in academic as well as research activities, along with improvement in infrastructure and facilities, in order to compete with the world's best institutions. This institute has available facilities for research, higher education and training in different fields of Science and Technology.

IIT Bombay Infrastructure
The institute has various engineering departments including Chemical, Aerospace, Civil, Earth Sciences, Chemical, Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical, Energy Science, and many more. Centre for Research in Nanotechnology and Science, Computer Science, Computer Aided Design Center, Centre for Formal Design & Verification of Software, and Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering are some of the learning centers in IITB.

IIT Bombay Admissions
The institute also has schools for special studies, which are: Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, School of Biosciences & Bioengineering, and Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology.

Admissions to the undergraduate courses of IIT Bombay are done through the Joint Entrance Examination or what is known as JEE . Admissions to the postgraduate courses of IIT Bombay are done mainly on the performance of the candidates in the GATE exam. However, for IIT Bombay Ph.D admissions, professional work experience also counts.



Courses

Indian Institute of Technology (IITB), Mumbai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).
Department
Course - Classification
Aerospace Engineering
B. Tech - Aerospace Engineering
B. Tech Dual Degree - Aerospace Engineering
M. Tech - Aerodynamics
M. Tech - Dynamics and Control
M. Tech - Propulsion
M. Tech - Systems Design & Engineering

Chemical Engineering
B. Tech - Chemical Engineering
M. Tech - Chemical Engineering
Ph. D - Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering
B. Tech - Civil Engineering
B. Tech Dual Degree - Civil Engineering
M. Tech - Civil Engineering
M.Tech(Dual Degree) - Civil Engineering
Ph. D - Civil Engineering

Geology
M. Sc. - Applied Geology

Information Technology
B. Tech Dual Degree - Information Technology
M. Tech - Information Technology
M.Tech(Dual Degree) - Information Technology
Ph. D - Information Technology

Materials Science
Ph. D - Material Science

Mathematics
M. Sc. - Mathematics
Ph. D - Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering
M. Tech - Mechanical Engineering

Metallurgical Engg
B. Tech - Metallurgical Engineering
Ph. D - Metallurgical Engineering

Physics
M. Sc. - Applied Geophysics

Profile of Indian Institute of Technology (IITB)

IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world. Institutes in positions of excellence grow with time. The ideas and ideals on which such institutes are built evolve and change with national aspirations, national perspectives, and trends world - wide. IIT Bombay, too, is one such institution.

About IIT Bombay
IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world. Institutes in positions of excellence grow with time. The ideas and ideals on which such institutes are built evolve and change with national aspirations, national perspectives, and trends world - wide. IIT Bombay, too, is one such institution.

History of IIT Bombay
A high-power committee of Govt. of India recommended in 1946 establishment of four higher institutes of technology of the level of their counterparts in Europe and United States to set the direction for the development of technical education in the country. These institutes were designed to provide the necessary dynamism and flexibility of organization in the light of expanding knowledge and changing socio-economic requirements of modern society. Planning for the Institute at Bombay began in 1957 and the first batch of 100 students was admitted in 1958. The Institute campus at Powai extends over 200 hectares and is situated in picturesque surroundings with Vihar and Powai lakes on either sides and green hills strewn around.

In 1961, by an act of Parliament, the Institute was declared an institution of national importance and was accorded the status of a university with power to award its own degrees and diplomas. IIT Bombay was established with the cooperation and participation of the UNESCO, utilizing the contribution of the Govt. of USSR. The Institute received substantial assistance in the form of equipment and expert services from USSR through the UNESCO from 1956 to 1973. The Institute received several experts (59) and technicians (14) from several reputed institutions in the USSR. The UNESCO also offered a number of fellowships (27) for training of Indian faculty members in the USSR. Under the bilateral agreement of 1965, the USSR Govt. provided additional assistance to supplement the Aid Program already received by the Institute through UNESCO.

Profile of Institute
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai Today, the IIT Bombay is recognized as one of the institutions of excellence for training and research in engineering sciences and several other academic disciplines. Since its establishment the institute has attained excellence in academics, infrastructure and faculty.

The institute is aiming towards producing leaders of the future and hence offers the best value education in humanities, sciences, engineering and other disciplines. The emphasis on the basic sciences removes to some extent the fear of rapid obsolescence, while studies in the Humanities help the students to interact more positively with the society in which he / she lives.
The institute caters to the demands of the top class engineers, scientists and academician who contribute towards enriching India's economy by offering their excellent services for different task of the industry, society and nation.

Objectives and Goals
The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay seeks to establish traditions which will foster creativity and growth of excellence. The institute has the following broad objectives :

* To provide the best possible educational facilities for training bright students for the careers in technology and science.

* To provide a creative atmosphere in which higher studies and research thrive both amongst the students and the faculty.

* To organize a short intensive courses, conferences and seminars on current technological developments which will be of benefit to the surrounding community.

* To provide research and development consultancy which will promote contact with and be of service to industries and to government and Civic Organizations.

* To organize quality improvement programmes for faculty members from various engineering colleges.
* To provide leadership in curriculum design and development.

The Institute cherishes the hope that its graduates will be the leaders of tomorrow. Their education is patterned with this in view. Thus in the engineering curriculum, besides the professional courses, there is a strong emphasis on acquiring a thorough grounding in the basic sciences of mathematics, physics and chemistry and a reasonable knowledge in subjects like economics, english, philosophy and social sciences belonging to the Humanities and Social Science. The emphasis on the basic sciences removes to some extent the fear of rapid obsolescence, while studies in the Humanities help the students to interact more positively with the society in which he lives. Besides making available facilities for higher education, traning and research in various fields of engineering and technology, the Institute contributes to the industrial development and economic growth of the country by preparing a cadre of engineers and scientists, who provide both man power and support R&D work for industries.

Campus of IIT Mumbai
IIT Bombay is a small township in itself. Consciously developed, the campus has retained and increased its green cover, rich in natural flora and fauna. The campus is connected to the city proper, an hour's distance through buses and local trains. However, most facilities are available on campus itself, including a bank, a shopping centre, two excellent schools for children, and a well equipped hospital. All students and most faculty live on campus, in student hostels and IIT staff quarters. The peaceful atmosphere of the campus belies the full range of activities going on that complement academic life.

Introduction
The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, popularly known as IIT Bombay or IITB, is an autonomous university located in Powai, in north central Mumbai (formerly Bombay). It is the second-oldest campus of the Indian Institutes of Technology system and the largest National Institute in the state of Maharashtra. IIT Bombay has emerged as the most favoured destination for undergraduate students amongst the 15 IITs with 69, 54, 50, 46 and 52 students in the top 100 at the IIT-JEE opting for IIT Bombay in the years 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 respectively. It is believed that the record placement figures and location within the country's financial & entertainment capital are factors leading to this.IIT Bombay ranked as Asia's 3rd best institute in science and technology, the world's 36th best institute in technology,[3],the world's 30th best for engineering and IT and 30th in Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2009 - Engineering/Technology.

Alumni
IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF) and IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA) are the two official organizations for alumni of IIT Bombay. The alumni website at http://www.iitbombay.org was amongst the earliest alumni websites for an Indian university. The IIT Bombay Heritage Fund (IITBHF) is a public charitable organization under US Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), whose mission is to fund and promote education and research among students, faculty and alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. The IIT Bombay Alumni Association (IITBAA), registered under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act, 1956, works for strengthening the connections between alumni, enhance ties to their alma mater, and provide services to alumni.

As the official alumni association, IITBAA plays a key role in building the alumni network and supporting the local Chapters which are all over the world, from Bangalore to Boston to the Bay Area. IITBAA staff work with IITBHF volunteers in maintaining the alumni website and the Alumni Directory which allows 30,000-plus IIT Bombay alumni to stay in touch with each other and with their alma mater.

As the Alumni Fund of IIT Bombay, IITBHF has raised over $20 Million for IIT Bombay over the past decade, and helped fund major infrastructure projects and new schools on campus including the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology (KReSIT), Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJSOM) and key projects such as the renovation of the hostels (dormitories) on campus.

Library
Central Library occupies a place of pride in IIT Bombay and is an essential component of the institute's outstanding research and education mission. It is a most lively place on the campus providing a safe, comfortable and friendly environment that enables learning and advancement of knowledge, and promotes discovery and scholarship. The mission of the Central Library is to facilitate creation of new knowledge through acquisition, organization and dissemination of knowledge resources and providing for value added services.

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Civic college students to appear for IIT entrance

Mumbai: The very first batch of students from the two civic colleges set up by an IIT joint entrance exam (IIT-JEE) coaching centre would be appearing for their exams on Sunday, April 10.

Around 70 students from the underprivileged section of the society who took admissions to the junior science college run by the coaching centre will attempt their JEE. It is for the first time, that a larger group of students who have completed their schooling in civic schools in the city are appearing for their JEE.The then civic commissioner, Jairaj Phatak, had supported the proposal made by the IITians Pace, a coaching institute, which specialises in training students for engineering entrance exams. The coaching centre, then with the permission of the state government, set up two junior science colleges in Mulund and Dadar -Ratanbai Walbai Junior College and Bhavani Shankar Road Junior College respectively.

Civic college students to appear for IIT entrance

Mumbai: The very first batch of students from the two civic colleges set up by an IIT joint entrance exam (IIT-JEE) coaching centre would be appearing for their exams on Sunday, April 10.

Around 70 students from the underprivileged section of the society who took admissions to the junior science college run by the coaching centre will attempt their JEE. It is for the first time, that a larger group of students who have completed their schooling in civic schools in the city are appearing for their JEE.The then civic commissioner, Jairaj Phatak, had supported the proposal made by the IITians Pace, a coaching institute, which specialises in training students for engineering entrance exams. The coaching centre, then with the permission of the state government, set up two junior science colleges in Mulund and Dadar -Ratanbai Walbai Junior College and Bhavani Shankar Road Junior College respectively.

IIT-B most-preferred among JEE toppers

Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) has emerged the clear favourite amongst highest scorers in the joint entrance exam (JEE) held recently for the eight premier tech institutes. The first allotment of seats indicates that IIT-B is the first preference of the top eight all-India rankers in JEE. Nearly 70 of the top 100 scorers have also sought and received admission to IIT-B.

The highest number of candidates from the common merit list — 710 students or 81% of the total — have also opted for IIT-B, while IIT-Delhi is a close second with 654 students from the open category opting for it. A similar trend was observed last year as well, when eight students from the top 10 had selected IIT-B. However, this year, the first five toppers have chosen the institute.

While IIT-B had slumped two notches in the recent QS Asian university rankings, it remains the most preferred institute amongst several high-scoring candidates of JEE. IIT-B offers a very cosmopolitan environment. It has some of the best academic and extra curricular activities, which is also a major lure for students, said Jaya Joshi, public relations officer, IIT-B.Students say that more than the environment, IIT-B is popular because of its placements. Located in the financial capital of the country, IIT-B offers the best placements in companies located in Mumbai.

I chose IIT-B because it has brand value. Companies pick you up just because of the -B tag. I was also lured by the campus, which is green and peaceful. Besides, since I live in here, it is close to home, said SS Kaushik, one of toppers.

The first allotment figures were revealed on Tuesday. A total of 13,197 candidates had qualified for IIT JEE-2011 counselling (seat allocation). Of them, 9,319 were allotted seats and 3,878 candidates did not get a seat due to various reasons.

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Mumbai: Rajendra Shende, an IIT-Bombay graduate, who is currently the head of OzonAction of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has become the first Indian to receive the prestigious Roy Family Award. It is given by Harvard Universitys John F Kennedy School of Government. The award is presented every two years to a project of public-private partnership that enhances and protects the environment through creative approaches.

Refrigerants, Naturally! the project conceived and supported by Shende along with the Greenpeace engages powerful multinationals, such as Coca Cola,Unilever and McDonalds. The project aimed to eliminate the environmentally-harmful fluorinated gases such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs with natural refrigerants in their commercial refrigeration installations and make them energy efficient. These natural refrigerants are climate friendly gases that exist naturally in the biosphere, i.e. ammonia, carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons.Public private partnerships are vital instruments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals agreed by all the countries in the world in year 2000. My colleagues in UNEP and I are proud with this project. We will continue to help and contribute in a tangible way to achieve the UNs Millennium Development Goal of environmental sustainability, said Shende.

The project was selected from a group of highly qualified projects nominated from around the world that tackled tough environmental problems ranging from sustainable mining to responsible land stewardship.

IIT-B 30th in world in civil engineering

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has ranked 30th in the world for its civil engineering course according to the QS World University Rankings for technical subjects released on Tuesday. The survey looked at the top 200 universities in the world for five primary technical subjects — computer sciences, chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. ]

The QS World University Rankings is a survey of the worlds top 500 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds using a methodology that has been published annually since 2004.The rankings are based on four key pillars — research, teaching, employability and internationalisation. More than 50 million people have viewed QS World University Rankings in the past 12 months and there has been overwhelming demand for more detailed subject rankings.

While the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US has topped in all subject categories, nine Indian universities have made to the list of which IIT-B is ranked the highest at 30. The new QS World University Rankings® by Subject respond to a need for comparative data at a more granular level, said Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit, which produces the rankings. In many countries, students are being charged more than ever before for their degrees. So assessing the potential career outcomes of ones study choice is becoming increasingly important. QS rankings are unique in taking on board the views of global employers.

All the IITs and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore have made it to the list. Delhi University and Mumbai have been ranked between 150 and 200 for mechanical engineering.

IIT-B to host Model G-20 summit

After hosting the Model United Nations, the next on the citys list is a Model G-20 summit. Avenues, the annual international business festival of the Indian Institute of Technology- Bombay (IIT-B) claims to be the first in the country to host a Model G-20 summit — Manthan — this year.

The Group of Twenty or G-20 is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union who came together to discuss key issues in the global economy in 1999. Manthan will simulate the actual conditions of a G-20 summit and will equip the leaders of tomorrow to handle international issues like those discussed in the G-20, said Surinder Pal Singh, from Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT-Bs B-school.

Avenues will be held from October 14 to 16 and has received more than 6,000 registrations for its 11 events from more than 200 business schools and engineering institutes. There are 50 entries from companies as well.

In the first round of Manthan, participants from different B-schools across the country were tested on their understanding of the current world scenario and their innovative solutions to improve existing turmoil.
The best 20 teams will come to the campus and be a part of the simulated summit as a member country of G20 on October 15.
The college is planning to share the recommendations of this Model G20 summit with G20 authorities.

IIT-B to host Global Battle of Bands

Winning bands at IIT-Bombay fest will get to be Indias entry for Global Battle of Bands finals at Bucharest.

This year, as bands compete at the finals of Livewire, the music competition at IIT-Bombays annual fest Mood-I, they will also be vying to represent India at the Global
Battle of Bands at Bucharest, Romania, next year.
The annual international competition, which sees entries from bands across genres, has tied up with the college fest to host their Indian round this year.
This is the first time that Global Battle of Bands is coming to India. We are extremely happy to be hosting their national round, says Ritanshu Kashyap, core team member, Mood-I, adding, Livewire has been an established platform for bands for the past 40 years and we wanted to take it a level higher. Global Battle of Bands liked our multi-city selection structure, where we short-list bands from different zones, and thats how everything worked out.

Kashyap reveals that the collaboration was a result of tedious planning and coordination, It was a considerably long process. It took over three months to finalise everything and were now looking forward to this competition even more, he says.
Sixteen bands, chosen from four regional zones will go on to the semifinals on December 17.
The West-zonal eliminations will be held tonight at Hard Rock Café, Worli. The top three outfits chosen from the semifinals will get a chance to open for the headlining Australian progressive rock band Karnivool on December 18, even as judges choose the winning band based on their acts.
Some of the past winners of Livewire include Parikrama, Pentagram, Vayu, Zero and Something Relevant.
The winning band would represent India at World Finals, next year, and get a chance to win a band development package worth $100,000, By participating in our annual fest, the winning band will also receive international exposure, says Kashyap.

Kicking off in 2004, Global Battle of Bands witnessed participation from over 30 countries last year.
Previous winners of the competition include Jamaican reggae band Dubtonic Kru (2010), Chinese punk outfit Rustic (2009), and rock band Floor and Walls from Brighton(2008).

Phd scholarships IITB-Monash Research Academy

Phd scholarships IITB-Monash Research Academy

The academy is a partnership between IIT Bombay and Monash University, Melboure and aims to attract top students to work in areas of applied research sponsored by industrial partners

Eligibility: Must be eligible to pursue doctorate at IIT Bombay

Steps for right malaria treatment

A team of researchers in Mumbai are developing a new mechanism to identify the strain of malarial parasite as soon as it infects a person in order to help doctors begin the correct treatment as early as possible. The Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IITB) has joined hands with the state-run KEM Hospital in Parel to identify malaria-specific protein biomarkers in patients. These are proteins that indicate a patients physiological state. Since they change along with the diseases progress, they can help in identify which of the two virulent strains of the malarial parasite, vivax or falciparum, has infected a patient.

Doctors generally take a long time to figure out whether the malaria is a falciparum, vivax or mixed infection, said Professor Sanjeeva Srivastava who heads proteomics research at IITBs department of biosciences and bioengineering.
Proteomics is an emerging field that aims to study and understand the functions of all proteins in the human body.
When someone has a disease, the structure of proteins in their blood change, said Srivastava. If the unique proteins that the parasites affect are identified, it will help medical practitioners administer targeted treatment.
Malaria can lead to kidney failure, seizures, permanent neurological damage, coma and even death. While both strains cause fever and flu like symptoms, falciparum gives rise to more severe symptoms.
To start with, KEM hospital will collect blood serum samples of around a hundred patients – 50 affected by the vivax strain and 50 by falciparum – and send it to IITB, where researchers will extract proteins from these blood samples and then compare them with proteins extracted from healthy people.

If we find a pattern in the way proteins of those infected have changed, then we know they are protein biomarkers, said Srivastava.

Said Dr Sanjay Oak, dean of KEM Hospital: The marker, if identified, will supplement early diagnosis and follow-up treatment. It can lead to better drug delivery and design of the treatment at the molecular level. The goal is to avoid death.

The second part of the IITB project involves studying proteins present in the parasite, and the findings could help drug companies develop medicines targeting the disease-causing proteins. This is significant because there is growing concern about malarial parasites developing resistance to the standard drug chloroquine.
If you know a patient has chloroquine-resistant falciparum malaria, then you would start them on artemisinin (a stronger drug) or some other treatment, said John Yates, a professor at the US-based Scripps Research Institute.
Along with 18 other researchers from US and Britain, Yates had identified the proteins in the falciparum parasite. The comparison of proteins in each of two strains (falciparum and vivax) is highly significant, said Dr Johanna Daily, associate professor at the department of medicine (infectious diseases), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York.

Understanding why falciparum kills, and vivax doesnt, would help target the features of falciparum that causes death.

Clicker at IIT, KBC style

A bunch of teenagers listen attentively to a speaker. After a while, a question flashes on the projector and they quickly punch in their answers. They are participants in a quiz contest, of a different kind. These teenagers are students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IITB). The buzzer round is a quick quiz on the topic that has just been taught.

Starting in November, a batch of 830 computer science students will have a device wrapped around their hands — similar to that used to poll the public in Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Called a clicker, the device, which looks like a remote control, has been developed at a very low cost by IITB Professor Deepak Phatak.

The idea is to get immediate feedback on whether students are attentive and have been able to absorb what has been taught.We get to know whether or not a student has understood what is taught only after results are declared. In between mid-semester and end-semester exams, this is a good way of assessing them, said Subrao Nilekani chair professor, department of computer science and engineering.

If majority of students have incorrect answers, I can go back to explaining the lesson again. Even if a small group of students have difficulties, they can be given extra coaching, he added.

At the end of every 20 minutes, there will be a quiz based on what has been taught. The questions are conceptual and students have only 20 seconds to lock the correct multiple-choice answer. Every correct answer carries one mark, which will be added in their final grades.

The test doesnt end here. Students will get two minutes to discuss and convince their neighbours of their answers. This is followed by another vote after 45 seconds and a final closure by going through choices.
With the responses stored on a server, teacher can see the answers both in real time as well as for later viewing.
While the clicker is being used across schools, colleges and universities abroad, the device if imported will cost about Rs. 2,500. The Indian clicker, however, will be available for Rs. 600. Also, the technology will be freely available for replication and to manufacture on a large scale.
I hope some Indian industry manufactures them and sells it abroad for US $20 when they are selling the same device for US $ 35, said Phatak.

Some professors see the clicker as enhancing learning.
Using this tool builds scientific discussion. It increases interactivity, engages students actively and also faculty to share ideas, said Professor Sahana Murthy who used the technology while teaching physics at Rutgers University, New Jersey and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

But other educationists worry about students being marked. If there is a cost to making a mistake, then the process is not stress-free. Students wont be able to think freely, said K Subramaniam, science educationist, Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education.

Out of tune at IIT-Mumbai

It was Indias biggest college festival — headlined by international rock band Porcupine Tree — and two of Bollywoods celebrated composers had confirmed their performance. But three days before Mood Indigo, IIT Mumbais national level annual festival, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani opted out of performing, alleging PR mismanagement. Were not doing Mood Indigo. They messed up on the PR, Dadlani tweeted on his Twitter account, V1SH4L on December 21. The next day, he confirmed that the duo has pulled out, citing poor management as the reason.The students then roped in Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and the concert, scheduled for December 24, went off smoothly.

But the IIT students and faculty arent pleased with Dadlanis comments. They say that the entire incident seemed like an excuse and that Vishal-Shekhar may have had another concert, where they were getting more money. Ishank Gupta, coordinator of Mood Indigo said, We had six hoardings, four ads on buses, presence in Baristas and McDonalds outlets across the city, presence on more than a 1,000 out of home media screens, radio coverage for 10 days and posters in 3,500 colleges across the country, involving Vishal-Shekhar exclusively.

How can they still complain about the PR? Gupta said that the duos manager wanted a full page article in newspapers after the entire publicity campaign, two days before the festival, and pulled out when that didnt happen. Abhishek (the manager) insisted on an article despite so much publicity. When we explained to him that we dont own city newspapers, he said that he was keeping half our money as a cancellation fee.

The manager eventually returned the money but said he was doing a favour by doing so, said Gupta.

Professor P Gopalan, Dean of Students Affairs at IIT Mumbai, said, They had a set of expectations which were not a part of our MoU with them. Vishal and Shekhar couldnt be contacted, despite repeated attempts for their reaction to the charges.

Sudoku comes to IIT-B

The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) will host the Indian Sudoku Championship in January next year.
The winner of the competition will represent India in the world Sudoku finals in Philadelphia in April 2010.
The Sudoku championship will be part of the IIT Techfest from January 22 to 24.

The techfest is the largest science and technology festival in Asia with a footfall of over 60,000 people. This is the first time that IIT-B will be hosting such a competition.Sudoku is quite a craze, even on campus, so we thought it would be interesting to host it. Also, this would add to the appeal of the Techfest, said Nikhil Kashid, media manager, Techfest 2010.

The competition will be the Indian leg of the 5th World Sudoku Championship, which is conducted by the World Puzzle Federation, an international organisation dedicated to puzzles. It follows the Olympic standard and brings together puzzlers from around the world. The event will have two elimination rounds. The first will be done through online screening and spot screening during the festival. The online screening will be held on January 3 and 9. Indian nationals, irrespective of age, can register at the Techfest website. The puzzle content and competition will be organised by Logic Masters, a group of puzzlers who have represented India at various world championships. The team had also organised the 3rd World Sudoku Championship in Goa. The first World Sudoku Championship was held in Lucca, Italy, from March 10-12, 2006.

Usually only the working population participates in the competition. We wanted to expand the reach of the championship, especially to college students, and Techfest is the perfect platform because of its popularity, said Amit Sovani, publicity head, of the Bangalore-based Logic Masters.

IITians bag prize for social change

Avanti Fellows, a not-for-profit organisation founded by six IIT Bombay students and alumni, won first place at the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) Social Entrepreneurship Challenge last month. The competition, held on May 28, had 142 entries from across the globe and Avanti was the only Indian team in the final five.
They won prize money worth $25,000.

Having tied up with IIT-B, Akanksha Foundation and a IIT-JEE coaching institute, Avanti Fellows helps underprivileged students by providing free coaching for the IIT-JEE entrance test. This includes coaching a student-mentor programme throughout their high school and undergraduate engineering education and providing them access to IIT alumni for career advice and counseling.Our first batch of 12 fellows from Mumbai, who have met a basic academic and economic criterion, started attending class in May and we hope that this number will touch 50 by July. Currently, we have more than 100 alumni advisors and about 50 student mentors, said Akshay Saxena, an IIT alumnus and Harvard Business School student.
Avanti and Akanksha have provided me with a mentor and very experienced teachers who are helping me with my studies. Previously, I didnt have any one but now I call them up and they are ready to help me, said Rajesh (15), an Avanti fellow.
Apart from Saxena, the team includes Rahul Srinivasan (21) and Rohit Singh (20), who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at IIT-B, Vaibhav Devanathan (22) and Aishwarya Ramakrishnan (21) who will be passing out of IIT-B this year and Krishna Ramkumar (24) an alumnus.

Avantis operating model hinges on creating student run Avanti Core Teams (ACTs) on college campuses across India.
During the first phase of operations, they plan to have ACTs on each of the seven IIT campuses.
(Avanti Fellows can be contacted at www.avantifellows.org)

Brown univ, IIT-B to tie up

Ivy League College, Brown University, is tying up with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) for student and faculty exchange as well as research programmes. This will be the second Ivy League college to collaborate with the premier engineering institute. An earlier tie-up with Harvard Business School expired last year. If we want to be at the cutting edge of research in certain fields we need to collaborate with institutes here, said Brown Universitys vice-president of International Affairs, Matthew Gutmann, who was in the city on Wednesday.
Ruth Simmons, president of the university based in Rhode Island, had visited IIT-B in March this year and that is when the idea of a collaboration was born. While the details are still to be fully worked out, as of now a student exchange programme (engineering and science students) for a semester have been decided, which will then be extended to faculty members. Already, faculty members from both institutes collaborate on research, but at an individual and not at the institute level.

Officials at IIT-B said that talks between the institutes are on and the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is likely to be signed in October, when the IIT-B Director, Devang Khakhar, visits Brown University.
The university has been focusing on India and celebrated the last year as the year of India as a way of understanding the rising importance of India in world affairs.

They already have a tie up with St Stephens College in Delhi for the past 20 years and are now in talks with Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi.

We are also looking at tying up with organisations that focus on policies. We have approached the Observer Research Foundation, a policy think tank, said Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science with a focus on south Asian studies.

Friends to help bring IIT-B boys body home

Twenty-three-year-old Satyam Kumars friends are going from one government department to another in Delhi, while the Indian Embassy in Paris said that they are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring Kumars body reaches his parents.

We are expecting the autopsy reports today, but police official are saying it was an accident. We have informed the ministry of external affairs, an official from the Indian embassy in Paris told the Hindustan Times.
But in India, there is little news. We have waited all day and gone from department to department for any information, but have not managed to get anywhere, said Avinash Kumar, Satyams childhood friend who is in New Delhi.
Bright young man, smiling and well integrated, he [Satyam] was considered by his peers and teachers as a serious and sociable student, said a statement by the Ecole Polytechnique.Satyam had gone to the lake with his two friends from Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur last Friday night after their exams were over to celebrate.

While his friends returned to their hostel rooms, Satyam stayed back. When they did not find him on Saturday, they informed the university officials and police.

IIT-Bombay, minus the academics

Arun Kaul, 55-year-old steel consultant, will ride a horse to his Alumni Day function on Sunday at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) juts like he used to during his college days more than 25 years ago. Arun Kauls story of how he would go to class on a horse (which was not even his) every day and how his horse would be parked in the cycle shed every night are all part of the book Madhouse: True Stories of the Inmates of Hostel 4 that will be launched on Sunday.

Packed with 187 anecdotes contributed by 180 alumni (none of it has anything to do with academics), the book is already available in bookstores. It features the escapades of people such as Manohar Parrikar, the former chief minister of Goa and Madhu Das, head of ISKCON, Bangalore.

Edited by Urmilla Deshpande and Bakul Desai, the proceeds of the book will go towards the betterment of mess workers.

IITB-Monash Research Academy - PhD Scholarships

IITB-Monash Research Academy - PhD Scholarships

The academy has designed a PhD programme where students can undertake interdisciplinary research in several thematic areas that focus on the fields of science, technology and engineering

Eligibility:
Candidates with a first class masters degree in engineering or science from a reputed university or a bachelors-masters degree (with a high GPA) from the IITs, NITs or BITS can apply

How to apply: visit www.iltbmonash.org

Last date to apply: April 4, 2012

IIT-Bombay focusses on naval research

DCNS, a world leader in naval defence and an innovative player in energy, signed through DCNS Research, a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, dedicated to engineering and technology research.

Signed by Dr Alain Bovis, executive director of DCNS Research
and Professor Shiva Prasad, dean of academic programmes in IIT Bombay, the MoU opens new cooperation avenues to DCNS in India for education and research programmes in naval defence and energy. Considering their respective domains of expertise, DCNS and IIT Bombay expect a rapid deployment of several projects. These will include:

* Sponsoring research and development programmes to be carried out cooperatively by IIT Bombay and DCNS Research teams,
* Sponsoring Indian student projects and fellowships at IIT Bombay,
* Training DCNS personnel through continuing education programmes conducted by IIT Bombay.

The research projects will be run at IIT Bombay premises with support of DCNS Research teams or in dedicated common facilities.

Thermo hydraulics, electrical engineering, material sciences are the most promising areas of scientific interaction between the two organisations.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Shiva Prasad said: There is a huge potential for cooperation in educational programmes and RandD programmes in the maritime and energy domains between IIT Bombay and DCNS.

Dr Alain Bovis added: This new development emphasises our investments in long term in India. It also aims to accelerate technology progress in mutually beneficial areas by tying up with one of the top Indian research centres.

IIT Bombays vision is to be fountainhead of new ideas and of innovations in science and technology. There has been an increasing emphasis on research . This emphasis is reflected in the increasing number of postgraduates, publications, patents at the Institute. In 2011, of the 1846 degrees awarded at the convocation, 1341 were postgraduate degrees.

DCNS Research is the corporate Research Centre of DCNS, dedicated to major scientific and technology areas relevant in naval systems and systems for energy production design such as computational fluid dynamics, computational structure dynamics, material science, information technology, acoustics and electromagnetism.

This agreement is strongly supported by the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy in India.

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