Starting literally from a green field in 2009-10, in the past 9 years we have come a long way towards our long-term goal of being the best in the world in some respect. The road ahead to our goal is still long and steep. Sustained effort is needed towards excellence in research, teaching and administration. In consultation with the Deans, the Chairs of the Schools, Heads of Sections and others, we have reviewed the achievements of 2018 and set measurable targets for 2019.
IIT Mandi is earning national recognition. From 2016-2018, we led the successful effort to increase female enrolment in BTech in the IIT System. As a result, the 1st BTech gender ratio across all IITs rose from 8% in 2016 to 15% in 2018. IIT Mandi was the leader in 2018 with 19% females in 1st BTech. IIT Mandi was nominated as the nodal institution for Germany in the nationwide SPARC programme of MHRD. This is a result of our successful mobility programme with the TU9 in Germany resulting in substantial research collaboration and student exchange.
Our strong inter-disciplinary culture resulted in IIT Mandi being chosen to lead the ambitious FarmerZone project of DBT. This multi-national effort is aimed at using AI to provide crop management advisories to small and medium farmers. By the end of 2018, the project had enrolled 1,000 potato farmers in Punjab and UP. With a sanctioned budget of Rs. 7.5 crores for IIT Mandi, this is the largest project won by our faculty to date. While the South Campus had housed most of our students from 2015, in 2017-18 the construction activities in the North Campus picked up pace. Now, over 40% of our students live in the North Campus. Most of their classes and many labs are in the North Campus. The Construction Materials Lab and the Environmental Engineering Lab represent a major step forward in civil engineering teaching and research. This progress was due in part to the in-house designed online Campus Construction Portal, an online project management tool tailored to the needs of campus construction
In October, IIT Mandi scored an impressive hat-trick in our new 800-seat Auditorium. From October 21st to 23rd, we hosted the 3rd Himachal Science Congress in cooperation with HIMCOSTE. This event saw the Auditorium packed to capacity for the inauguration, with 380 participants
accommodated on our campus for 2-3 days. On 29th October, our 6th Convocation was held in the Auditorium, indoors for the first time. The graduands were inspired by the speeches of Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Chief Guest, and Mr. Sonam Wangchuk who was awarded Eminent Himalayan Technologist 2018 by IIT Mandi. The 3rd event in the Auditorium was the International Workshop on 2D-3D Nano-Bio Materials & Devices on 31st October to 2nd November. Inaugurated by Mr. R. Subramanyam, Secretary, MHRD, this event featured over a dozen eminent speakers from US, Singapore, Taiwan and Germany, plus over 100 participants from India. That 3 major events with unprecedented numbers of participants ran flawlessly within a space of 2 weeks in a new facility in the middle of the semester speaks volumes for the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and student volunteers.
Campus in 2019
Academics in 2019
In 2018, our faculty submitted 68 sponsored project proposals worth Rs. 130 crores. Of these, 15 were submitted with international partners under the SPARC scheme in December. In 2018, 43 projects worth Rs. 24 crores were sanctioned. This brings the total sanctioned projects since inception to over Rs. 85 crores. About 150 project staff are working on these projects, 60 being registered part-time for an MS or PhD degree.
Sponsored Research in 2019
Administration in 2019
Student Life in 2019
Green Campus in 2019
The year 2019 is my 10th and final year as Director of IIT Mandi. I look forward to spending the year working with every one of the faculty, students, staff and alumni of IIT Mandi and with well-wishers elsewhere in scaling ever more imposing heights. Striving together in the serene Uhl River Valley in the Himalayas, new technologies will emerge for the benefit of India!