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IIT-Delhi calls for delivery led research that benefits all

Sep 19, 2019

The third edition of Industry Day at IIT Delhi will unveil an array of public utility products and innovations.

New Delhi: Affordable bioresorbable cardiac stent, a diagnostic tool for detecting cancer tissues, water activated powerless heating system, manufacturing cup and plates of rice straw, water less bathing formula, and a scrambled egg based on plant protein are some of the array of innovations highlighting this year’s Industry Day at the Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT Delhi).

The event will showcase more than 200 innovative product prototypes and posters by IIT Delhi researchers.

Industry Day 2019 is the flagship event of IIT Delhi that aims to harness and promote the power of Industry-Academia collaboration, prompt ideas for cogent partnerships and showcase cutting edge research by the IIT Delhi researchers.

Dr. V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog will be the Chief Guest during the third edition of ‘Industry Day’ on September 21.

The five themes for Industry Day 2019 are Clean Energy for Sustainable Economy and Environment, Sustainable Medical Technologies, Emerging Nano and Advanced Materials, Sustainable Environment, and Make in India.

‘Research Café’ sessions have also been planned on the sidelines of this year’s event to facilitate interaction between IITD research scholars and CXOs of Industry.

Another engaging feature will be a session on ‘Women in Science’ that will discuss the need for gender parity in various science disciplines by women personalities from various fields. Dr Neetu Singh, Associate Professor, Center for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi, said that this session would endeavour to break many prevalent myths and encourage women to play their due role in the development of science and technology.

Prof V Ramagopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said that delivery and relevance are being pursued as the guiding principles for research work at IIT Delhi.

Rao emphasised that research has a limited impact if it fails to augur to the needs of people and nation. “To become an economic powerhouse, we as a nation, should work on our challenges and build on our strengths,” he said.

Rao said that AI based innovation in the area of healthcare, clean energy solutions to propel sustainability and efficient waste management solutions are going to be at the forefront of collaboration to deal with our current challenges. “Industry driven research will also focus on creating jobs for our youth, and achieve our ambition of $5 trillion Indian economy. IIT Delhi’s Centres of Excellence are working with multiple Industrial partners towards this national vision,” he added.Speaking about the event, Prof Anurag S Rathore, Dean, Corporate Relations, called for translating research into useful products.

Rathore exhorted academia to step up for demonstrating their scientific and engineering capabilities as well as their ability to channel their ability into focused development of products and technologies. “A productive academic-industry relationship is the necessary foundation for the long term development of India. Industry too needs to play a critical role in partnering on the co-development and later in commercialization of these outcomes. Government has been and needs to continue playing their role in seeding such relationships,” he said.

Industry Day 2019 promises to be an engaging event with the presence of over 30 elite speakers, 73 faculty members and more than 50 hands-on products that will be showcased.

The event will also highlight the role of the two newly formed Centres of Excellence dedicated to the cause of sustainability. They include Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology (CART) for the promotion of interdisciplinary research in electric vehicle and related areas and ‘Waste to Wealth Technologies’ wherein the long-term goal is to create circular economic models for waste management.

During the last 5 years, faculty at IIT Delhi has initiated 890 sponsored research projects. These projects cover myriad research topics including air pollution, water contamination, affordable healthcare, energy saving in households and offices, recycling of natural disposable, alternate to reduce water usage and even addressing nutrition issues that plagues large population. At Industry Day 2019, we will be showcasing these to the visitors.

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