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Faculty Orientation Program held at IIT Mandi during 9th and 10th February, 2017

    Around 20 enthusiastic Faculty members participated and benefited from this program. Prof. T. A. Gonsalves, Director IIT Mandi welcomed the new faculty and briefed them about the vision and mission of IIT Mandi.The Director also mentioned about the structure and uniqueness of IIT Mandi.

8th Foundation Day of IIT Mandi celebrated on 24th February, 2017

    In 2009, IIT Mandi’s foundation stone was laid on the very same day at Kamand to mark the beginning of this Institute. Now, the vast majority of its 800 students and 100 faculty are residing in the Kamand campus.

Design and Innovation Centre inaugurated at IIT Mandi on 17th February , 2017

    The Design and Innovation Centre is a project funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. The centre is equipped enough to support the prototype and product development endeavors of the students and faculty members of IIT Mandi.

Workshop on “Bioengineering measures to control landslides and geo-environmental issues” held at IIT Mandi during 7th - 9th February 2017

    This 3-day workshop was organised by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), at IIT Mandi. Prof. Chandan Ghosh and Dr. Anil K Gupta from NIMD were among the dignitaries.

Book Fair held at IIT Mandi, during 13th and 14 th February 2017

    Prof. Subrata Ray (Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Engineering) inaugurated the Book Fair, organised by the Central Library IIT Mandi. The fair was first of it's kind at IIT Mandi and was very much appreciated by the IIT Mandi community.

IIT Mandi Multimedia Analytics and Systems (MAS) Lab Group submission wins Judge's Award in the Bird Activity Detection (BAD) challenge conducted by the Machine Listening Lab of Queen Mary University, London.

    Professor T. A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi congratulated the MAS Lab team members, Anshul Thakur (PhD scholar), Jyothi Jain (project associate), Dr. Padmanabhan Rajan (Asst. Professor, SCEE) and Dr. A. D. Dileep (Asst. Professor, SCEE).

68th Republic Day Celebrations at IIT Mandi, 26th January 2017

    On the occasion of the 68th Republic Day of our Nation, Prof. T. A. Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi), hoisted the National Flag and addressed the gathering, emphasizing about the constitution of India and explained the role of IITs in the nation building.

Director's Message, New Year 2017

    In the year 2016 IIT Mandi has seen continual growth and has begun making its mark in the world. The Year 2017 holds promise of much more progress and excitement.

Outreach Activity held at IIT Mandi- Laboratory Visit and Painting Competition for School Children's on 22nd December, 2016

    IIT Mandi in collaboration with IEEE PES society organized an institute lab visit and painting competition on theme “Energy Saving and Innovations in the Usage of Renewable Energy” for the students of Saraswati Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Mahajan Bazaar, Mandi.

2nd Pahari Painting workshop was organized (under the project 'Preservation of Himalayan Culture' at IIT Mandi). During 18th - 29th October 2016 at IIT Mandi.

    After the successful completion of the 1st workshop on Pahari painting, many students, staff and faculty members showed a keen interest to learn this art form and signed up for the 2nd workshop which was held at the Kamand Campus of IIT Mandi.

2nd Photography Workshop, 11th - 13th November 2016, IIT Mandi

    Photography and Movie Club, IIT Mandi, organized the 2nd Photography Workshop during 11th -13th November, 2016. Ms. Kartiki S. Gonsalves was the invited expert of the workshop.

One More Milestone in the history of IIT Mandi North Campus has become functional

    After the nearly complete establishment of the South Campus of IIT Mandi at Kamand, now the North Campus at Salgi has started to become functional, with the shifting of the Director, few faculty with their family and PG students.

Congratulations to Deepanshu Rastogi, an IIT Mandi alumnus (Class of 2013), who joined National Power Committee Division of Central Electricity Authority as Assistant Director-I on 19th September, 2016.

    Deepanshu secured AIR-58 in Engineering Services Examination-2015, conducted by UPSC for recruitment of the central government services that meet the technical and managerial functions.

The Faculty and Staff Recreation Club of IIT Mandi, was inaugurated by Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves in the presence of Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi) on 29th October 2016.

    The club plans to regularly organize music, dance and painting classes for kids and also organise social get-together on national days and festivals.

Indo-UK Workshop on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy, Health and Sustainability held during 3rd to 6th October 2016.

    The workshop focused on chemical science works in the field of human health, environment & sustainability and energy and provided a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking between Indian and UK researchers.

4th Convocation of IIT Mandi held on 10th October 2016.

    In this Convocation Ceremony, a total of 140 students received their degrees: 7 Ph.D. scholars, 5 M.S. (by research) students, 3 M.Tech., 10 M.Sc. (Chemistry) and 115 B.Tech. students. The efforts and achievements of exceptional students were recognized and rewarded.

Workshop on Effective Teaching and Learning was organized at IIT Mandi) on 1st October 2016.

    The workshop, which was attended by 12 faculty participants, covered various aspects of teaching and learning, including what constitutes good teaching, planning to teach and teaching methods.

First workshop of Pahari Painting was organized (under the project 'Preservation of Himalayan Culture' at IIT Mandi). During 22nd Aug - 18th Sept. 2016.

    Along with developing advanced technology much needed for the Himalayan Region, IIT Mandi is also determined to preserve its rich cultural heritage. Towards this, a first of its kind workshop (funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India) was organised at IIT Mandi.

“Rann-Neeti 2016", The Annual Sports Fest of IIT Mandi, was held for the first time at IIT Mandi’s permanent campus, during 23rd - 25th Sept. 2016.

    The General Trophy was won by Chitkara University, Punjab (with 44 points), whereas IIT Mandi and JUIT ended up being the Runners-up (tie, with 38 points).

“Finite Element Method” and one day workshop on “ Smart Materials and Structures” was held at IIT Mandi during 25th - 29th July 2016

    The course was particularly beneficial for engineers and scientists working in structural, fluidflow, environmental, geo-technical, thermal engineering, research organizations, Govt. R&D departments, consulting companies, and self-employed practitioners engaged in the analysis, design, planning, construction, operation, maintenance and management.

International Workshop On Next Generation Active Distribution Networks to Empower Future Low-Carbon Indian Society, IIT Mandi. 12th -14th August 2016

    The main objective of this Workshop was to facilitate the forum to discuss the various low carbon energy sources in active distribution system and methodologies to achieve a more efficient and environmentally friendly grid operation.

70th Independence Day celebrated at IIT Mandi. 15th August 2016

    On 15th August, 2016, IIT Mandi celebrated the 70th Independence Day of India, with much enthusiasm. It was a good opportunity for the new students/scholars to get a glimpse of the rich cultural edge of IIT Mandi.

First batch of students shift into the North Campus, IIT Mandi. 6th August 2016

    On Saturday, 6th August 2016, 20 new PG students made history by being the first batch to shift into the North Campus at Kamand. Earlier in 2012, first batch of students, the Director and few faculties shifted to Kamand (South Campus), which is now a fully residential campus with all the facilities.

Scientists-Industry-Farmers of H.P. meet at IIT Mandi to discuss Opportunities in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 30th July 2016.

    A focused meeting on the “Opportunities in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (OMAP-2016) in H.P” was held at IIT Mandi on 30 th July 2016. The meeting successfully brought together 74 participants including farmers, scientists, research scholars and industrialists of Himachal Pradesh.

National Level Training program on “Differential Equations with Applications in Engineering”, 1st - 8th July 2016.

    The focus was differential equations, which is an integral part of many engineering problem. The training program was designed primarily for faculty members from Government engineering college Rajkot, Gujarat.

ISHAN VIKAS – STEP Training Program 2016, IIT Mandi.

    The program, named ISHAN VIKAS – STEP, is a joint initiative of the Central Government and IIT Mandi, and is aimed at motivating bright high school students from these states to go for higher studies in field related to science and engineering.

Workshop on Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis held at IIT Mandi, 18th - 22nd June 2016.

    The Multimedia, Analytics and Systems Group of the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, IIT Mandi organized a five-day workshop on Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis, from 18-22 June 2016. This is the second workshop of this kind at IIT Mandi after the one held in 2015.

2nd International Day of Yoga celebrated at IIT Mandi, on 21st June 2016.

    People across the country and abroad celebrated the 2nd International Yoga Day, today on the 21st of June 2016. IIT Mandi also celebrated it with the rest of the world.

The Technical Magazine of IIT Mandi - 'ESSENT', issue-2, launched on 2nd June 2016.

    Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi), launched issue-2 of the technical magazine of IIT Mandi - 'ESSENT'. The Director congratulated the coordinator and the whole team of SCRI (Society For Collaborative Research And Innovation)- IIT Mandi on the occasion.

Blood Donation Camp organised at IIT Mandi, 27th May 2016.

    NSS-IIT Mandi (Medical Unit, IIT Mandi), in collaboration with Blood Bank Zonal Hospital, Mandi, organised a Blood Donation Camp on 27th May 2016. On this occasion the students, staff and faculty of IIT Mandi participated voluntarily. The camp ended successfully with the safe collection and transportation of about 50 units of blood to the zonal blood bank, Mandi.

The 4th Graduation Dinner of IIT Mandi, was hosted on 20th May 2016.

    IIT Mandi celebrated the imminent graduation of over 140 students on 20th May 2016. On this occasion Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, said "This is a historic graduation: we have our first M.Sc and M.Tech students graduating this year". The Director congratulated the graduating students and their teachers for the historic achievement as the first batch to have both bachelors and masters by coursework. He also forwarded his Best Wishes to the graduating students for future endeavors.

The 3rd CII - IIT Mandi Industry-Academia Conclave was held on 15th May 2016 at IIT Mandi.

    The Industry-Academia Conclave on May 15 was organized amid a purposeful and enthusiastic participation by the attendees. Over 100 attendees consisting of representatives from the industry and academia came together and held discussions around the Conclave’s theme, “Technology & Business Innovation at IIT Mandi”.

"Yet another prestigious achievement by an IIT Mandi student". Mr. Athar Aamir Khan (an IIT Mandi alumnus) secured second rank in the prestigious civil services examination, 2015.

    It is a proud moment for all, at the alma mater of Mr. Aamir. In his mail to the Director, he stated "I am proud to be an alumnus of IIT Mandi". And also expressed his thankfulness to the Director, faculty and student community of IIT Mandi for the support, guidance and love.

"Big Data Analytics Workshop" held at IIT Mandi, 7th May 2016.

    On 7 th May 2016, the Big Data workshop was held at IIT Mandi. The objective of the workshop was to give the students exposure to the area of Big Data Analytics and an opportunity to present their projects. The schedule included expert lectures, interactive sessions and poster presentation session. Distinguished speakers were invited from different institutions, namely, DFKI, IIT Hyderabad, IBM Research and IIIT Delhi. The audience included MS/Ph.D. and B.Tech Students of CS 561 - Big Data and Map Reduce (by Dr. Arti Kashyap) and faculty members of IIT Mandi.

IIT Mandi Catalyst - the new Technology Business Incubator plans to boost new business start-ups.

    In January 2016, IIT Mandi, was selected as one of 18 sites across the country for setting up Technology Business Incubators (TBIs) under the Government's 'Start-Up India' initiative. Initial funding is being provided by IIT Mandi and the National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board of the department of Science & Technology to setup IIT Mandi Catalyst, a Section 8 company for technology business incubation.

Earth Day observed at IIT Mandi. 22nd April 2016.

    IIT Mandi observed Earth Day on 22nd April 2016. The Green Panel organised events on 22nd and 23rd April. Events like Art competition (Theme - “SAVE OUR MOTHER EARTH”), Cleanliness Drive, and presentations on - “Solid Waste Management”, “Rainwater Harvesting” and “Waste Management in campus, were held to create awareness and involve the campus community in our responsibility towards environmental protection. The NSS team, students, faculties, staffs and campus kids were present in the event headed by Prof. Bhavendra Paul.

Another milestone, First building in our North Campus inaugurated. 18th April, 2016.

    Another milestone, First building in our North Campus inaugurated. The school is the 1st building to be occupied in the North Campus of IIT Mandi. Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves cut the ribbon to inaugurate the IIT Mandi­ Takshila Primary School in the presence of the Director, Deans, Registrar, members of the faculty, staff, members of the community and parents.

Exodia - The cultural and technical fest is being held at IIT Mandi. 8th - 10th April, 2016.

    Exodia, the annual technical-cultural festival of IIT Mandi is all set for its 5th edition. Exodia ’16 starts today i.e on April 8th (Friday) and shall conclude on the night of April 10th (Sunday). The technical events invite the inquisitive minds to apply their knowledge of science and technology to solve day-to-day problems and the cultural events outline the ideas and culture of people coming from diverse backgrounds and geographies. Exodia Event Planner.

The 153rd Director's Meet was held at IIT Mandi on 26 March, 2016.

    IIT Mandi hosted the 153rd Director’s Meet on 26th March 2016 in its main campus. The Director's Meet is held biannually to deliberate policy related common issues of IIT concerns.

IIT Mandi celebrated its 7th Foundation Day. 24th February 2016.

    IIT Mandi celebrated its 7th Foundation Day today, on 24th February 2016. Dr. Sanjay Kumar (Director, Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology), Palampur, was the Chief Guest for the function.

MoU signed between IIT Mandi and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. 3 February, 2016.

    Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi) signed a MoU with McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario on 3rd February 2016. McMaster is one of Canada's top universities and one of the leading research universities worldwide. Prof. Peter Mascher, Associate Vice-President International Affairs signed for McMaster.

Dr. Atul Dhar (Asst. Professor, School of Engineering, IIT Mandi) has been awarded the Young Scientist Award by the ISEES.

    The award was conferred during the 7th ISEES (International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability) International Workshop on Sustainable Energy, Environment & Safety with Railway Centric Theme, 21st-23rd December, 2015. ISEES

The 4th Inter IIT Tech Meet held at IIT Mandi. 29-31 January, 2016

    The 4th Inter IIT Tech Meet was held at IIT Mandi during 29-31 January, 2016. Participants from 9 different IITs came together during the event. The event was a pan IIT event which comprises of various IITs coming together and competing. Link to the site. To find the the rule book for various events click here.

Training programme on “Part Modeling, Assembly Modeling and Production Drawing for Engineers and Designers” held at IIT Mandi, 25-27 January, 2016

    A training programme on “Part Modeling, Assembly Modeling and Production Drawing for Engineers and Designers” was organized by School of Engineering IIT Mandi during 25-27 January 2016.Creation of a virtual 3-D model is the very first step of the product development process. A 3-D virtual model provides all the basic information which is essential in the pre-processing step in finite element analysis (FEA) or computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

The 67th Republic Day celebration at IIT Mandi, 26th January 2016

    IIT Mandi celebrated this day with patriotism, enthusiasm and unity. Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, hoisted the national flag and addressed the gathering. During his speech the Director, IIT Mandi described regarding provisions and parts of the constitution of India; fundamental rights and fundamental duties mentioned in parts III & V; emphasized on applicable duties of ours being engineers and academicians. Further he deliberated on possibilities of human cooperation with and in favor of wild animals in Himachal. Security personnel, faculty, staff and students present there saluted the national flag.

Short term course on “Computer Aided Engineering: Applied FEM and CFD” held at IIT Mandi, 18-24 January, 2016

    A 7-day short term course on “Computer Aided Engineering: Applied FEM and CFD” was held at IIT Mandi during 18-24th January 2016. The course drew participants both from academia and industry. Participants were trained on wide range of modelling techniques in FEM and CFD along with the theoretical aspect behind the techniques.

Conference/discussion meeting on "Advances in Electron Spectroscopy - Experiment and Theory (AESET 2016)", 18-21 January, 2016

    A conference/discussion meeting on "Advances in Electron Spectroscopy - Experiment and Theory (AESET 2016)" was conducted at IIT Mandi during 18th to 21st January 2016. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss recent advances in the field of electron spectroscopy and microscopy, and future directions. This meeting was the second of the series. The first one was organized in GÖttingen, Germany.

Workshop on Product Design and Innovation, 18-19 December, 2015

    Design Innovation Center, IIT Mandi organised a two-day workshop on Product Design and Innovation at Kamand campus on 18-19 December 2015. The workshop drew participants from all over the country. Prof. B.D Chaudhary (Dean Academics), Prof. Ramesh Oruganti (Advisor to Dean SRIC), Prof. M. Balakrishnan (IIT Delhi), Prof. P.V.M Rao (IIT Delhi), Dr. Rajnesh Sharma (IIT Mandi), Dr. Rajeev Kumar (IIT Mandi) and Dr. Om Prakash Singh (IIT Mandi) delivered lectures and interacted with the participants. Following themes were covered: integrating product design and innovation in curricula, how and what it takes to take the design ideas to product level, concept product designing, intellectual property rights (IPR), how to the write patent claims and reverse engineering.

Dr. A. D.Dileep (Asst. Professor, SCEE, IIT Mandi) and his MS student Abhijeet Sachdev (IIT Mandi) received the best paper award in the International Conference on Soft Computing and Machine Intelligence (ISCMI2015).

    The paper titled "A Family of Example-Specific Density based Matching Kernels for Classification of Varying Length Patterns of Speech using Support Vector Machines", authored by Abhijeet Sachdev (MS student, IIT Mandi), A. D. Dileep (Assistant Professor, SCEE, IIT Mandi) and Veena Thenkanidiyoor (Assistant Professor, Dept. of CSE, NIT Goa), was presented in the '2nd International Conference on Soft Computing and Machine Intelligence (ISCMI2015)'.

    This conference was organized by the International Neural Network Society (INNS) India regional chapter, during November 23-24, 2015 at Hong Kong. The main objective of ISCMI 2015 is to present the latest research and results of scientists related to soft computing & machine intelligence topics.

    The above mentioned paper received the "INNS Best Paper Award" among all the papers accepted in the conference. The paper addressed the issues in classifying the varying length patterns of speech using support vector machines (SVM). In this paper authors have proposed a novel example-specific density based kernel. Authors have showed improved performance for the tasks such as speech emotion recognition and speaker identification when the proposed kernel was used with SVM-based classifier.

Prof. Pramod Talgeri (visiting faculty, SHSS, IIT Mandi) had been conferred upon with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

    The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Joachim Gauck, has conferred upon Prof. Pramod Talgeri (visiting faculty in IIT Mandi’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences) the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his outstanding achievements in promoting Indo-German cultural interaction and deepening the relations between Germany and India. 

    The Order of Merit is the highest civilian tribute the Federal Republic of Germany bestows on individuals for services to the nation. The Order of Merit is awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for their life-long achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm.

    It was instituted in 1951 by Federal President Theodor Heuss. It is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany pays to individuals for their life-long contributions in their field.

    In 2014 Prof. Talgeri was also honoured  by  another prestigious award, “Merck- Award”,  for life-long service in the field of teaching of German Studies, which is instituted by the German pharmaceutical firm E. Merck and the German Foreign Office and Max Mueller Bhawan and is given every two years. 

Advanced level workshop on “Controllability of Heat and Wave Equations" was held at IIT Mandi during 16 - 20 November, 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi in collaboration with National Programme on Differential Equations: Theory, Computation and Applications (NPDE‐TCA), funded by DST, IIT Bombay organized a 5‐day advanced level workshop on “Controllability of Heat and Wave Equations” during November 16 - 20, 2015 at IIT Mandi.

3rd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Mandi held on 31st October, 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi marked its Third Convocation Ceremony with a solemn event on 31st October, 2015. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Prof. N. Sathyamurthy, Director, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali. Among other dignitaries present were the Guests of Honour, Mr. M. Natarajan (Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Mandi) and Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi). IIT Mandi also received congratulatory messages from the President of India and the Minister of Human Resource Development on the occasion.

    In the Convocation Ceremony, a total of 115 students received their degrees: 105 B. Tech. students, 7 M.S. (by research) students, and 3 Ph.D. scholars. The efforts and achievements of exceptional students were recognized and rewarded. Mr. Sachin S. Bhat was awarded the President of India Gold Medal and institute Silver Medal for overall excellence in academics and top performance in Computer Engineering. Mr. Prashant Prazapati was awarded Director's Gold Medal for all around excellence in academics and extra-curricular activities. Mr. Prazapati was also awarded the Balasundaram Endowment Prize for German. Mr. Ingale Swapnil Sushil received the Institute Silver Medal for top performance in Mechanical Engineering; and, Miss Nidhi Manoj Makhijani got the Rani Gonsalves Memorial Medal for best performance among girl students of B. Tech. batch.

    The Convocation Ceremony, held at the Institute’s permanent campus at Kamand, began at 3:30 pm with the national anthem. Shri Natarajan declared the Convocation open. The opening was followed by the welcome speech and report by the Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi. In his report, the Director emphasized the development of IIT Mandi in the past six years, both on academic and administrative fronts. He outlined the achievements of faculty and students in the recent years. He noted that the Institute faculty had published a total of 451 international publications up to this present academic year. Also, that some of the best companies in the world, including Amazon, Cisco, Cognizant, Infosys, Microsoft, Samsung, L&T, TCS and Tata Motors had recruited students from the campus.

3rd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, on 31st October, 2015.

    The 3rd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Mandi has been scheduled to be held on 31st October, 2015. Prof. N. Sathyamurthy, Director, IISER Mohali will be the Chief Guest of the function. The detailed Schedule and Minute to Minute Program will be announced shortly. Dr. Bharat Singh Rajpurohit, Dean (Faculty) is nominated as Coordinator and the Registrar, IIT Mandi will be the Nodal Officer for 3rd Convocation event.

Extension of contract of Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves as the Director of IIT Mandi, 03 September 2015

    The President of India is pleased to approve the renewal of contract of Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director IIT-Mandi for another five years w.e.f 15th January 2015 vide Order No. F.No. 16-23/2014-TS.I (Sectt.) dt. 31st August 2015.

    We the students, faculty and staff at IIT Mandi are overwhelmed with this news. IIT Mandi is rapidly growing under the esteemed guidance of Prof. Gonsalves. We look forward with him to elevate the standards of IIT Mandi to be at par with all the other premier institutes of the world.

    On this occasion Prof. Gonsalves said “I have just received an order informing me that the President of India has approved my 2nd term as Director, up to 14th January 2020. I am honored by this mark of appreciation for the remarkable growth of IIT Mandi in the remote Kamand Valley. This growth was possible only through the selfless efforts of numerous faculty, students, staff, alumni and well-wishers in building this IIT. Especial thanks to my wife, Priscilla, who has been a constant source of inspiration and ideas, while tempering my rasher initiatives. She has driven the humane side of the Institute through Book Nook, the campus Creche and School, assorted recreational activities for families and projects for the benefit of the surrounding villages. Thanks also to the People of India who have generously funded IIT Mandi and to whose development and well being this enterprise is dedicated!
    With the enthusiasm and drive of the IIT Mandi community, I am confident that the next 5 years will see this young Kamand Valley institution rising to new heights of academic accomplishment. I am sure that we will be responsible for technological advances that will benefit the Himalayan region, that we will see a blossoming of hi-tech industry in the vicinity of Mandi, and that IIT Mandi will continue to surprise one and all by its achievements. I look forward to scaling the heights and overcoming the challenges ahead with help from each one of you.”

IIT Mandi celebrates the 69th Independence Day, 15 August 2015

    On 15th August, 2015, IIT Mandi celebrated the 69th Independence Day of India. The celebrations began by the hoisting of the national flag by Prof. Timothy Gonsalves, Director IIT Mandi, which was followed by the guard of honour by the security staff. The Director shared his thoughts with the students and faculty emphasizing on the need to be rational in thinking and having tolerance for the views of the others. Professor Mark Yoder, visiting professor from the United States, also shared his views on the ocassion. The gathering was also addressed by two girls of the fresher batch, Mamta Bhagia and Deveshi Soni. Students put up a scintillating cultural program including patriotic songs and a group dance. Col. Devang Naik (retd) rendered the vote of thanks. The celebrations concluded with high tea and sweets.

Orientation 2015, 02-08 August 2015

    With the start of a new academic year, IIT Mandi welcomed a fresh batch of budding engineers and scientists. An extensive orientation program was organized by the Guidance and Counseling Service to acquaint them with the institute and to facilitate a smooth transition into new life at IIT Mandi.

    The undergraduate students had a week long orientation from 2nd to 8th of August. B.Tech students from all over India arrived at Kamand campus on 2nd of August to join for B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and IIT Mandi’s first ever batch of Civil Engineering. The Director and Deans welcomed the students and interacted with parents during the Welcome function held on 3rd. The admission formalities were also completed on 3rd. Senior students and staff members provided necessary assistance to perform various formalities like registration, identity card making, bank account opening, and mobile connection.

    During the orientation week the students were treated to various indoor and outdoor activities to get acquainted with IIT Mandi and its surroundings. Throughout the week English club was organized by a group of faculty members to improve their language skills. Some of the class room sessions include session on what is engineering, over view of different disciples, academic structure, essential student oriented services, and flora and fauna of Kamand campus. A workshop on “life skills” was organized for the freshmen. The workshop had sessions on communication skills, personality development, time management and stress management.

    The students participated in a series of informal and outdoor activities during the afternoons and evenings. Informal activities started with ‘fresher mixer’ on 2nd evening and included activities such as, hiking, computer gaming, treasure hunt, scavenger hunt, movie screening, and board games. These events provided a fun filled and enthusiastic start for their stay at IIT Mandi. A total of 135 B.Tech students have joined IIT Mandi this year.

Purdue Pharma visits Indian Institute of Technology Mandi for developing research collaborations , 22 July 2015

    Delegates from Purdue Pharma L.P., a pharmaceutical company located in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, visited Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi on 21st and 22nd July, 2015. The delegation from Purdue Pharma included, Mr. Larry A. Pickett, Jr., Vice President & Chief Information Officer; Mr. Sayee Natarajan, Director, Systems Development and Business Analytics; and, Mr. Nataraj Dasgupta, Data Scientist and Senior Lead. The delegation discussed potential collaborative projects in diverse research areas with the faculty and students of the Institute.

    In a talk given by Purdue Pharma to the Institute faculty and students, the company highlighted the potential of using technologies like KDB+, which could allow companies to reduce time, cost, and effort on IT projects involving large amounts of data. Later, the Purdue delegates met with faculty from different schools as well as graduate and undergraduate students located on campus.

    IIT Mandi has an on-going collaboration with Purdue Pharma on a project that is worth close to USD 100,000. The project deals with machine learning and data mining for sales and analytics in pharma. The objective of the project is to study how social network analysis, patient journey and social media information could be used for finding prescribing histories and relationship among doctors in order to improve and provide the best health care for patients. Dr. Varun Dutt, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Electrical Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Mandi is the principal investigator on the project. Dr. Dutt is assisted by Abhinav Choudhury and Shruti Kaushik, who are working as project staff.

    The current interaction between IIT Mandi and Purdue Pharma is believed to create further research opportunities between the two organizations. Purdue is a privately held US company part of Mundi Pharma worth more than USD 4 billion that is known for its medical products such as OxyContin, Butrans, and several other products such Betadine and Senokot laxatives.

A Short Term Course on Practical Finite Element Method, 13-17 July 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi organized a four day short term course on “Practical Finite Element Method” and one day workshop on “Applications of Smart Materials” during 13-17 July. Prof. T. A. Gonsalves, Director IIT Mandi inaugurated the program. Dr. Rajeev Kumar briefed about the coverage of the course and workshop. The course comprises of 10 lectures and 17 hours lab sessions followed by a workshop incorporating 8 talks.

    In his inaugural, Prof. T. A. Gonsalves emphasized the importance of designing a product and owning its Intellectual Property Rights. He said that cut throat competition in the market puts tremendous pressure on the corporations to launch reasonably priced products in short time, making them to rely more on virtual tools (CAD/CAE) accelerate the design and development of products. As dependability of the industries on virtual tools increases, so it is the responsibility of the finite element analysts to provide results with most accuracy within available resources and time constrains. He also briefed the importance of smart materials to reduce the cost of product.

Workshop on Applications of Smart Materials , 17 July 2015

    The above one day workshop was conducted by IIT Mandi, on 17th July, 2015. During his talk, Dr. Jens Twiefel, Research Manager, Leibniz University Hannover Germany, briefed about ultrasonic actuators and shared his experience about ultrasonic levitation, ultrasonic friction reduction in bearing, tillage, and pneumatic actuator, ultrasonic assisted deep hole drilling, piezoelectric & ultrasonic motors, and ultrasonic powder transport. Prof. B.N. Singh, Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kharagpur discussed some very important studies on smart composite structures. He also introduced the applications of shape memory alloys in aerospace technology. Prof. Michael Sinapius, Member of Board of Directors, German Aerospace Center, Braunschweig, Germany explained active noise control inside aircraft and active shape control for aircraft wings during takeoff and landing. Dr. Rajeev Kumar, School of Engineering IIT Mandi discussed the different applications of smart materials in space. He briefed application of piezoelectric material in vibration & shape control of space craft antenna reflector, space robot, microsystem for space applications, deployment of satellites, and instrument positioning. Mr. Chanderkant Susheel emphasized on the importance of functional graded piezoelectric material for the vibration and shape control of smart structures. Mr. Tarun Verma discussed the applications of smart material for the energy harvesting. Mr.Vishrut Shah summarized different types of smart materials and their applications.

    During valedictory, Prof. B.N. Singh distributed certificates to the 33 participants from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

IIT Mandi inaugurates Botanical Garden in its green Campus,12 July 2015

    IIT Mandi, committed to its eco-management plans and outreach activities has inaugurated the Botanical Garden in its main campus at Kamand. Several plant species endemic to the area, of high value and endangered, have been planted. These include species of fruit trees, bioengineering plants, medicinal and aromatic plants. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Timothy Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, and Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves, who initiated the plantation. Apart from the faculty, staff and students, the event was participated by other dignitaries from District forest office and Nature Biotech Products Industry from Baggi, Mandi.

    Towards the establishment of the Botanical Garden, a team consisting of nursery workers from Kamand area, expert horticulturists and plant science researchers are involved. The team under the charge of Dr. Shyam Masakapalli and a noted local consultant Dr. Chiranjit Parmar has plans in place to expand the collection of plants including the rare and endangered from the state of Himachal Pradesh and elsewhere, along with their conservation, documentation and digitization. Apart from the eco-mapping study conducted at the Kamand valley, ongoing activities include setting up of herbarium, maintenance of the herbal garden and organizing outreach activities as a part of IIT Mandi’s eco-management strategy.

A Workshop on Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis, 28 June 2015

    A five day Workshop on Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis (WMLMIA 2015) was organized by Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) during June 24-28, 2015.

    The workshop was inaugurated on June 24, in the presence of Prof. Timothy Gonsalves (Director, IIT Mandi), Prof. Ramesh Oruganti (Dean (Academics), IIT Mandi), and Prof. B.D. Chaudhary (Dean (Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy), IIT Mandi). During the inauguration, they highlighted the importance of technology in healthcare, and that of interdisciplinary interactions in this area.

    The workshop was organized with the objective of improving the awareness of research in medical image analysis, among young researchers, both from theoretical and practical perspectives. It also aimed to facilitate the intermingling and networking of domain experts in machine learning and medical image analysis, from academia and industry, and medical practitioners.

IIT Mandi celebrated the International Day of Yoga with the rest of the world, 21th June 2015

    On Sunday, 21st June, 2015, IIT Mandi celebrated the International Day of Yoga with the rest of the world.

    The program began at 7:15 a.m. in The Lounge with a welcome address by Prof B. Subramanian, Dean of Students. The Dean explained the meaning and the necessity for Yoga as physical excise for a sound body and mind. Then Ms. Dimple Saini and Ms. Manisha Sharma, yoga instructors, gave a belief introduction and the yoga practice began with a prayer.

    Several students, staff members and school students visiting IIT Mandi from Assam took part in the event.

    The yoga session ended at 8:30 a.m. with Shanti Path and with a vote of thanks by Shri Mohammad Shakeel, Registrar, IIT Mandi.

Press Release on 20th June incident in North Campus IIT Mandi, 23rd June 2015

    An unfortunate incident took place in the morning of 20.6.2015 involving the contractors’ staff and labourers at the North Campus construction site of IIT Mandi at Kamand. IIT and its community is extremely saddened by the incident. We express our heartfelt sympathies to those injured and our condolences to the bereaved families.

    The academic activities and residences of IIT Mandi are so far confined to the South Campus, which is about 3 kms away from the North Campus. IIT assures the parents and guardians of the students and research scholars that their children/wards are carrying out their academic activities peacefully in the safety of the South Campus of IIT Mandi.

    The construction work of the North Campus (Hostels, Faculty housing and dining blocks) was entrusted to CPWD under Deposit work Scheme. CPWD on their part had awarded the work to Supreme Infrastructure Ltd. Gurgaon. CPWD has a permanent camp office on the site to check and supervise the day to day construction work. Progress of construction work and technical issues are reviewed by IIT Mandi periodically.

    A representation dated 27th May 2015 addressed to Assistant Commissioner EPF at Shimla was received by IIT Mandi from H.P. Bhawan Awam Sadak Nirman Mazdoor Union on 27.5.2015 stating non-payment of EPF amount to the workers’ EPF accounts. Reacting immediately on the representation, The Registrar, IIT Mandi forwarded it to CPWD on 28.5.2015 for necessary action. CPWD informed that there had been negotiations between the workers union and the contractors, and an agreement was reached on 17th June, 2015.

    On receiving a call from the Deputy Commissioner, Mandi on 19th June 2015 related to workers EPF and wages issues, Registrar, IIT Mandi called an urgent meeting which was attended by CPWD and Supreme Infrastructure. In the meeting, CPWD and Supreme Infrastructure assured to (i) pay the pending wages for the month of May to workers by 20th June 2015 and (ii) settle the EPF issues by 23rd Jun 2015 as was mutually agreed in negotiations on 17th June, 2015. The agreement document was also submitted by the Contractor in the meeting which was signed by the contractor’s representatives and some workers’ Union representatives. The DC, Mandi was appraised by the Registrar immediately about the outcome of the meeting and it appeared that workers’ issues had been resolved.

    On 20th June, 2015 it was reported that some workers gathered at the construction site in the morning and it led finally to the unfortunate incident of loss of life of some employees of the contractor and injuries to others. IIT, in the past, has taken the stand that there should be no arms in the construction site even on the plea of occasional incursion of wild animals. Since IIT does not have any presence in the construction site even through its own security, we are unaware as to how firearms entered the scene of the unfortunate incident.

    IIT appeals to the local communities to stand by it in its endeavour to create an Institute for which the entire State of Himachal Pradesh will be proud.

A National Workshop on Computational Intelligence Techniques for Smart Grid Applications,May 28-30, 2015

    A three day Workshop on ‘Computational Intelligence Techniques for Smart Grid Applications’ organized by Indian Institute of Technology Mandi (IIT Mandi) during May 28-30, 2015. The Workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Timothy Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi. In his inaugural address, Prof. Gonsalves highlighted the accomplishment and research activities of IIT Mandi. He had also shared the vision of IIT Mandi, as an Institute ‘to be a leader in science and technology education, knowledge creation and innovation, in an India marching towards a just, inclusive and sustainable society’ and one of its thrust area ‘to devise globally recognized solutions for the problems of society and industry, particularly in the fragile eco-system of the Himalayas’. He emphasized the relevance of this timely Workshop by which different groups of society can come together to solve the challenges of security, stability and reliability for a sustainable energy sector using Smart Grid technologies.

    The main objective of this Workshop was to facilitate the forum to discuss the various computational intelligence techniques that can be applied to Smart Grids and its applications to achieve a more efficient and environmentally friendly grid operation. The various issues, problems and challenges in terms of operation, management and control of Smart Grid have been described in details. The present scenario of power system is changing very rapidly due to the new technological developments and formulation of new regulatory polices of governments. With a wide range of leading researchers from around the country, the workshop results in a well-defined road-map for the development and deployment of Smart Grid in India.

    Earlier, addressing the participants, Dr. Manoj Thakur gave emphasis on the application of various computing techniques to build a healthier and economical power grid with high penetration of renewable energy sources like small hydro energy, wind energy, solar energy etc. specially for Indian power sectors. He had also mentioned that a meaningful discussion in such august gathering would definitely lead to enrichment of all the participants and will carry the message throughout the society. This Workshop drew more than 40 participants from academic institutions and utilities from different states including UP, Haryana, MP, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal and Uttarakhand.

    Several distinguish speakers from all around India discussed on the various aspects of Smart Grids. Prof. Prof S. N. Singh from IIT Kanpur; Dr. N. M. Pindoriya from IIT Gandhinagar; Prof Ramesh Oruganti, Dr. Manoj Thakur, Dr Anik Kr. Sao, Dr. Samar Agnihotri, Dr. Bharat S. Rajpurohit were among the speakers including other eminent personalities who shared their expertise with the participants. A trip to Rewalasr Lake and cultural program was arranged for the participants.

IIT Mandi completely shifts B. Tech. students to Kamand campus, 25th April 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, the youngest of all IITs and the only IIT in the Himalayas, has completely shifted B. Tech. students from its Mandi transit campus to its permanent campus at Kamand. This shifting was made possible by the inaugurations of new academic and hostel blocks earlier this week at Kamand. On Thursday 23rd April, 2015, Prof. B.D. Chaudhary, Dean (Sponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy), IIT Mandi, inaugurated an academic building (the A5 block) at IIT Mandi’s Kamand campus. He mentioned that the inauguration of a building is like celebrating a new life and that the new academic block will be associated with countless memories in the coming future. The A5 block has 4 classrooms and a conference room on ground floor, a library on first floor, and research scholar’s seating and project labs on second floor. The block is to be used for teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Other dignitaries gracing the occasion included: Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director; Prof. B.S. Subramanian, Dean (students), Prof. Ramesh Oruganti, Dean (academics); and, Prof. Satish Chandra Jain, Dean (I & S).

    Most recently, IIT Mandi’s second year B. Tech. students moved from Mandi to Kamand. Some of these students have taken accommodation in a new hostel block, G4, at Kamand. The G4 block, a part of IIT Mandi’s Suvalsar hostel, was inaugurated on 25th April, 2015, by Prof. Subrata Ray, Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Mandi. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included: Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director; Prof. B.S. Subramanian, Dean (students), Prof. Ramesh Oruganti, Dean (academics); Dr. Varun Dutt, Chief Warden; and, Dr. Hari Verma, Warden, Suvalsar hostel. The new G4 block has 25 rooms across two floors and it is housing 75 second year B. Tech. students. This block has been constructed deploying the latest technology of using Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) materials. The salient feature of this type of construction is that the rooms have excellent insulation, i.e., they remain cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters. The inauguration of the G4 block was followed by a high tea party, hosted by the Chief Warden. The high tea was attended by several students, faculty, and staff of the Institute.

    The remaining boys and girls of the second year B. Tech. batch will reside in the G2 block and Chandrataal Annexe, respectively, at Kamand. The G2 block was inaugurated by Shri M. Natarajan Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Mandi, on 15th March, 2015 evening, following IIT Mandi’s 2nd convocation ceremony on the same day. With the moving of the second year B. Tech. students to Kamand, IIT Mandi is one of the first among the new IITs to completely shift its B. Tech. program to its permanent campus. The Institute will continue to use the academic building on its Mandi campus for faculty offices and project labs.
    For more Information contact:
    Ms. Chandan Sharma,
    Public Relations Consultant (PRC)
    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
    Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
    Phone: +91-1905-237987
    Email: chandan@iitmandi.ac.in

    Mr. Mohammad Shakeel,
    Registrar
    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
    Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
    Phone: +91-1905-267015
    Email: registrar@iitmandi.ac.in

Hostel Day Celebrations, 11th April

    Students of IIT Mandi celebrated “Hostel day” for all the hostels of Kamand (Parashar, Chandrataal and Nako) on 11th April, 2015. The students organized several cultural events. Certificates of appreciation were distributed to the wardens, chief warden, hostel caretakers, and security guards. The Secretaries of various hostels were also accoladed. Prizes were distributed to the winners of various games, and the function was followed by dinner.

Inauguration of the G2 block, Nako hostel, 15th Mar 2015

    On Sunday 15th March, 2015, Shri M. Natarajan Chairman, BoG, IIT Mandi, inaugurated the G2 block of the Nako hostel in IIT Mandi’s Kamand campus. The G2 block has 22 rooms. The G2 block has been constructed using light gauge steel frame (LGSF). The salient feature of this type of construction is that the rooms have excellent insulation, i.e., they remain cool during hot summers and warm during cold winters.

    Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi; Prof. B.S. Subramanian, Dean (students); Dr. Varun Dutt, Chief Warden; and, Dr. Arnav Bhavsar, Warden, Nako Hostel were also present during the inauguration.

IIT Mandi’s Second Convocation Ceremony, 15th Mar 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, the youngest of all IITs and the only IIT in the Himalayas, celebrated its second Convocation ceremony on 15th March, 2015. The Convocation ceremony took place on IIT Mandi’s permanent campus at Kamand. As part of this Convocation, 116 B. Tech. students, 8 M.S. students, and 3 Ph.D. students graduated from the Institute. Mr. Shoubhik Debnath was awarded the President's Gold Medal, Mr. Anand Dhandhania was awarded the Director's Gold Medal. Mr. Shoubhik Debnath, Mr. Krishna Karnani, and Mr. Deepak Sharma was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. Furthermore, Ms. Damini Singal was awarded the Rani Gonsalves Medal for Outstanding Female B. Tech. Student.

    The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, was to be the Chief Guest of the function. However, the President was unable to reach the venue due to inclement weather. In the President’s absence, the Hon'ble Shri Kalyan Singh, Governor of Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest. Furthermore, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Hon'ble Shri Virbhadra Singh presided. Other dignitaries included, Shri M. Natarajan, the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Mandi.

    The ceremony began with the national anthem which set the tone of this second Convocation in the Himalayas. Shri Natarajan declared the Convocation open. The Convocation Ceremony began with the welcome speech and report by the Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi. In his report, the Director emphasized the development of IIT Mandi in the past two years, both on academic and administrative fronts. He also mentioned the achievements of faculty and students in the recent years. The Director emphasized the unique curriculum of IIT Mandi which promotes interdisciplinarity.

    Shri Virbhadra Singh congratulated IIT Mandi for its recent expansion of the academic curriculum to include Master's programs in Chemistry and Energy Materials and appreciated the initiation of an upcoming program in infrastructure and civil engineering. He encouraged IIT Mandi to undertake research in green energy and allied areas. Furthermore, the Chief Minister thanked the state’s public works department for starting the work of broadening the Mandi-Kamand road.

    Shri Kalyan Singh congratulated the students and wished them success in building future careers and serving the state and the nation. He praised IIT Mandi’s faculty, staff, and students for their contribution in building-up IITMandi as an institute of higher technical education in Himachal Pradesh in a very short span of time. The Governor emphasised the need to serve country and humanity by bringing out the best in oneself through strong determination and high goals.

    In the absence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Shri M. Natarajan read out the President's message. In his message, the President congratulated the IIT for its commendable accomplishments in the area of academics, infrastructure, and placements. He suggested that the nation’s forward march in arts, science, and technology must overcome existing problems and challenges along the way, and this march should be spearheaded by its bright young engineers and scientists. He also encouraged the students to payback the society in the form of dividends by using their gained knowledge and skills to help those who are weak, needy, and deprived. Also, the President stressed on the valuable contribution that the IIT Mandi alumni can make through the 'Make in India' initiative.

    After President's message was read, the Convocation was declared closed by Shri M. Natarajan. Prior to the speeches by dignitaries, a pledge was taken by graduating students. In the pledge, students took an oath to utilize their knowledge in the service of India in its march towards a just, inclusive, and sustainable society. After the closure of the Convocation, all the dignitaries visited the Exhibition Hall, where an exhibit showcased the research and innovation at IIT Mandi.

    Throughout the programme, the sense of pride and achievement was palpable among the students, families, and the faculty and staff of the Institute. Although the Convocation happened on a day that saw rain and cloudy skies, the event ended with a ray of hope and joy that is sure to inspire the students and faculty of this Institute in the years ahead. For more Information contact:
    Ms. Chandan Sharma,
    Public Relations Consultant (PRC)
    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
    Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
    Phone: +91-1905-237987
    Email: chandan@iitmandi.ac.in

    Mr. Mohammad Shakeel,
    Registrar
    Indian Institute of Technology Mandi
    Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
    Phone: +91-1905-267015
    Email: registrar@iitmandi.ac.in
    Website: www.iitmandi.ac.in
    IIT Mandi's 2nd convocation page:
    http://www.iitmandi.ac.in/academics/convocation2

Pradeep Seervi secures All India First Rank in the GATE Exam 12 March, 2015

    Pradeep Seervi, a 4th year B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) student at IIT Mandi has successfully cracked the GATE 2015 exam securing All India Rank of 1 in Electrical Engineering.

    Pradeep hails from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Ealier, he was also awarded the DAAD scholarship and visited University of Applied Sciences, Zwickau, Germany during June-August, 2014.

Second Convocation press release, 13th March 2015

    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, the youngest of all IITs and the only IIT in the Himalayas, celebrated its second Convocation ceremony on 15th March, 2015. The Convocation ceremony took place on IIT Mandi’s permanent campus at Kamand. As part of this Convocation, 116 B. Tech. students, 8 M.S. students, and 3 Ph.D. students graduated from the Institute. Mr. Shoubhik Debnath was awarded the President's Gold Medal, Mr. Anand Dhandhania was awarded the Director's Gold Medal. Mr. Shoubhik Debnath, Mr. Krishna Karnani, and Mr. Deepak Sharma was awarded the Institute Silver Medal. Furthermore, Ms. Damini Singal was awarded the Rani Gonsalves Medal for Outstanding Female B. Tech. Student.

    The Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, was to be the Chief Guest of the function. However, the President was unable to reach the venue due to inclement weather. In the President’s absence, the Hon'ble Shri Kalyan Singh, Governor of Himachal Pradesh was the Chief Guest. Furthermore, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Hon'ble Shri Virbhadra Singh presided. Other dignitaries included, Shri M. Natarajan, the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Mandi.

    The ceremony began with the national anthem which set the tone of this second Convocation in the Himalayas. Shri Natarajan declared the Convocation open. The Convocation Ceremony began with the welcome speech and report by the Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi. In his report, the Director emphasized the development of IIT Mandi in the past two years, both on academic and administrative fronts. He also mentioned the achievements of faculty and students in the recent years. The Director emphasized the unique curriculum of IIT Mandi which promotes interdisciplinarity.

    Shri Virbhadra Singh congratulated IIT Mandi for its recent expansion of the academic curriculum to include Master's programs in Chemistry and Energy Materials and appreciated the initiation of an upcoming program in infrastructure and civil engineering. He encouraged IIT Mandi to undertake research in green energy and allied areas. Furthermore, the Chief Minister thanked the state’s public works department for starting the work of broadening the Mandi-Kamand road.

    Shri Kalyan Singh congratulated the students and wished them success in building future careers and serving the state and the nation. He praised IIT Mandi’s faculty, staff, and students for their contribution in building-up IITMandi as an institute of higher technical education in Himachal Pradesh in a very short span of time. The Governor emphasised the need to serve country and humanity by bringing out the best in oneself through strong determination and high goals.

    In the absence of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Shri M. Natarajan read out the President's message. In his message, the President congratulated the IIT for its commendable accomplishments in the area of academics, infrastructure, and placements. He suggested that the nation’s forward march in arts, science, and technology must overcome existing problems and challenges along the way, and this march should be spearheaded by its bright young engineers and scientists. He also encouraged the students to payback the society in the form of dividends by using their gained knowledge and skills to help those who are weak, needy, and deprived. Also, the President stressed on the valuable contribution that the IIT Mandi alumni can make through the 'Make in India' initiative.

    After President's message was read, the Convocation was declared closed by Shri M. Natarajan. Prior to the speeches by dignitaries, a pledge was taken by graduating students. In the pledge, students took an oath to utilize their knowledge in the service of India in its march towards a just, inclusive, and sustainable society. After the closure of the Convocation, all the dignitaries visited the Exhibition Hall, where an exhibit showcased the research and innovation at IIT Mandi.

    Throughout the programme, the sense of pride and achievement was palpable among the students, families, and the faculty and staff of the Institute. Although the Convocation happened on a day that saw rain and cloudy skies, the event ended with a ray of hope and joy that is sure to inspire the students and faculty of this Institute in the years ahead. For more Information contact: Mr. Naresh Bhandari, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India.
    Phone: +91-981-601-6376; Email: nsbhandari@iitmandi.ac.in; Website: www.iitmandi.ac.in
    IIT Mandi's 2nd convocation page:
    http://www.iitmandi.ac.in/academics/convocation2

IIT Mandi’s 6th Foundation Day Celebrations, 24th Feb 2015

    IIT Mandi celebrated its 6th Foundation Day on February 24, 2015, at its permanent campus at Kamand. Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves, the first lady of IIT Mandi, was the Chief Guest for the function. On the occasion, the Director, IIT Mandi, Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves welcomed dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students. The dignitaries included, Prof. Subrata Ray, Distinguished Visiting Professor; Prof. Ramesh Oruganti, Dean (Academics); Prof. Lalit Malhotra, Dean (Finance and Accounts); and, Mr. Mohammad Shakeel, Registrar, IIT Mandi.

    Six years ago, IIT Mandi’s foundation stone was laid on the very same day at Kamand to mark the beginning of this Institute. Now, the Institute has a large number of its students and faculty residing at the Kamand campus. With academic, research, cultural activities happening on its permanent campus on a regular basis, the Institute is already proving to be a single destination for excellence, innovation, and learning in the Himalayas. The day was commemorated with various sports events, cultural activities, and an award ceremony for students, faculty, and staff of IIT Mandi.
    The sports events included games like the volleyball, tug-of-war, and cross-country race with participation from faculty, staff, and students. The volleyball game was won by a team of 3rd year and 4th year B. Tech. students. The tug-of-war for men was won by the 4th year B. Tech. students. Also, the tug-of-war for women was won by the girl’s student team.

    The sports activity was followed by lighting of the lamp and honouring dignitaries. The lamp lightning was followed by Director’s address. In his address, the Director highlighted the role a foundation plays in building of an institute. He mentioned that a strong foundation helps in the overall development of the academic edifice and helps in incorporating changes which come about in the future. Using the analogy of the construction of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, he explained that the quality of the academic foundation needs to be measured. He mentioned that there are several ways of measuring academic quality and some of these ways include, publications, student exchange, placements, faculty interaction with industry, and ability to get funds from abroad. He said that before we construct the next floor, we also need to stop, take stock, and plan for changes.

    The Director’s address was followed by an address by the Chief Guest, Dr. Priscilla Gonsalves. In her address, the Chief Guest reminded the audience of the beginning years when there was no IIT Mandi at Kamand and the area was in darkness; and, now, after 6 years, the Kamand valley sparkled like a jewel. Also, she recounted the fact that there were a number of hardships related to living at Kamand; however, the students, staff, and faculty had adapted to their surroundings courageously. She also thanked the Kamand residents for welcoming the IIT Mandi community to their neighborhood.

    The Chief Guest’s address was followed by a cultural programme. In the cultural programme, children of IIT Mandi’s Kamand and Mandi day cares and Takshila School put up entertaining dance performances and a skit on saving tigers and caring for our plants, trees, and forests. Other items included a classical dance performance by Sonali Malhotra, IIT Mandi, and a mix of Western and Indian style dance performance by first-year B. Tech. students.

    The day also saw distribution of awards to the students, staff, and faculty for their achievements and excellence in their work at IIT Mandi. The day got to a close with a vote of thanks by the Registrar and marked the start of a new semester in the New Year at IIT Mandi.

    For more Information contact:
    Mr. Naresh Bhandari, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India Phone: +91-1905-267059; Mobile: 98160-16376; Email: nsbhandari@iitmandi.ac.in; Website: www.iitmandi.ac.in

Launch of Ambrosia-de-Uhl, 26 Jan 2015

    The Medicinal Plant Laboratory of IIT Mandi has developed a health drink Ambrosia-de-Uhl, the nectar of Uhl valley, for use by IIT Mandi residents. It was released on 26th of January, 2015 by the Director of the Institute Prof. Timothy A. Gonsalves in the presence of students, faculty and staff of the Institute. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Gonsalves highly appreciated the efforts made by the project team to develop the unique health drink. He stressed the need to use modern technological tools to strengthen the beneficial effects of the developed drink. Ambrosia-de-Uhl contains herbs like Basil, Cinnamomum, Rose petals, Lemon grass and Mentha grown organically in the Institute's First Aid Medicinal Plant Garden. As per the Indian System of Medicine, these herbs are believed to have anti-stress, cardioprotective and immunomodulatory properties. It can be used as a hot refreshing drink, traditional tea or black tea, as a mood elevator and prophylactic agent against different ailments. It is available for sale at the lab, in the Bamboo Block-D ( adjacent to GCS/Book Nook).

Inter IIT Tech Meet'15, 1st Feb 2015

    IIT Mandi won the gold medal in the "Data Analytics" event in the 3rd Inter-IIT Tech Meet, held at IIT Kharagpur between 30th January and 1st February, 2015. This medal was tied with IIT Kharagpur. IIT Mandi also won silver medals in the events "Hardware Modeling" and "Tech-Biz Quiz". Also, IIT Mandi put up a good competition in the other events as well. With this, IIT Mandi obtained the 3rd place in the overall General Championship Tally. Winning teams are given below.

      DATA ANALYTICS Gold (tied with IIT Kharagpur):
    • Ankush Jindal- B13109
    • Raspreet Singh - B13325
    • Akshat Gupta- B13202
      BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY QUIZ Silver :
    • Devang Bacharwar- B12059
    • Kunal Joshi - B12105
    • Priyansh Saxena- B14118
      HARDWARE MODELLING Silver:
    • Himanshu Singal- B13312
    • Nikhil Kaushik- B13319
    • Hitesh Tarani - B13139
    • Swapnil Sharma- B13234
    • Vineet Yada- B13338

66th Republic Day celebrations at IIT Mandi, 26th Jan 2015

    AIIT Mandi proudly celebrated the 66th Republic Day with patriotic fervour and traditional gaiety in front of the A1 Block at its permanent campus at Kamand. On the occasion, Prof. Timothy A Gonsalves, Director, IIT Mandi, hoisted the National Tricolour and took salute by the security personnel in the presence of faculty, officers, staff and students. The event left everyone with the strong determination to excel in their respective fields for the welfare of the nation.

Aditya Chauhan receives Young Scientist Award (2014-2015) 7th, Jan

    Aditya Chauhan received the Young Scientist Award (2014-2015) in the Materials Science category in the 102nd Indian Science Congress. The award consists of Rs 25,000 and a Certificate of Merit. An MS student, Aditya is working in the area of materials selection, energy harvesting and solid state refrigeration using piezoelectric ceramics under the guidance of Dr. Rahul Vaish. He has for the first time experimentally demonstrated giant refrigeration effect in piezoelectric ceramics. He has published over twenty research articles in peer reviewed international journals, gaining over 160 citations in just 2 years. The Science Congress was hosted by the University of Mumbai.
    More details can be found here: http://www.sciencecongress.nic.in/html/young_scientists_awards.php.

Dr. Arti Kashyap is awarded the prestigious Simons Associate, 1st Jan 2015

    Dr. Arti Kashyap is awarded the prestigious Simons Associate of The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics at Trieste, Italy (ICTP, http://www.ictp.it/) from January 1, 2015 till Dec 31, 2020. The award supports multiple visits to ICTP during the award period. Since inception, in 1964, ICTP is Center of Excellence and an instrument to promote physics in developing countries. Associates are appointed to take initiatives in their country. Simons Associate are supported by the grant from Simons Foundation.

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