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Industry Day at IIT Delhi showcases 200 innovative products

Sep 24, 2019

IIT-Delhi Industry Day laid emphasis on investing in innovation-led economy to develop India’s competitive advantage.

New Delhi: The IIT-Delhi research community showcased a large number of research-based prototypes and posters to industry leaders at the third edition of IIT-Delhi Industry Day. The event was attended by business leaders, research community, delegates from Finland and Japan and IIT Delhi faculty.

The objective of this year’s Industry Day was to demonstrate technical research capabilities, forge new collaborative relationships and further strengthen our existing partnerships.

Addressing the inaugural session Dr V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, said, “India’s national progress is crucially dependent on the science we discover and understand, on technologies we can create and manufacture, and on products our people can use and access. It needs innovation – both frugal and disruptive – and this discourse is to be imbibed by us in our system.”

Dr Paul cited an example of the medical devices market, which is currently worth $7-8 billion in India. “Seventy five per cent of this demand is met by imports. However, considering the talent and potential India has, this market can be worth $ 50 billion in India; and only innovation can achieve that,” he said.

Dr. Paul said that government programmes like Ayushman Bharat will be innovator’s delight and broaden the scope of innovation in public health delivery.

He also stressed on the idea of launching exchange programmes between medical institutions like AIIMS and IIT-Delhi on critical health issues, which can support immersion programmes of IIT Delhi.

Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, called upon the industry to collaborate with the academia. “The role of the industry primarily was to develop products, and that of the academia to focus on education and research. But that’s changing now. Academia and industry need to collaborate on research and innovation on products which can benefit society.”

Rao also said that very soon there would be more diploma & certificate programmes for the industry that can be pursued online from IIT Delhi. This will open up opportunities for private companies to collaborate with research community of IIT Delhi.

He also thanked the government for expanding the scope of corporate spending under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) norms.“ The new CSR norms will boost research funding in institutions like IIT Delhi and promote collaborations between the academia and the industry.”

Prof Anurag S. Rathore, Dean, Corporate Relations, IIT Delhi, said, “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,” he said.

The five thematic sessions and a session on ‘Women in Science’ during Industry Day 2019 brought together more than 500 experts from Industry and 100 IIT Delhi faculty members.

Kanika Bahl, Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, lamented that girls are ruled out from taking science as a career during the early socialisation process. “Projects by women scientists are turned down because of biases which are deep seated in society. A careerist woman has to co opt with the system,” she said.

Dr Neetu Singh, Associate Professor, Center for Biomedical Engineering, IIT Delhi, said that bringing role models to the fore will attract more women towards science.

Dr Singh said that science as a subject is gender neutral but unfortunately only about 52 women have been awarded Nobel Prize since 1901 compared to 852 men. “Women share a disproportionately small space in areas like science and technology. IIT Delhi has only 85 women faculty out of a total of 600,” she shared.

Gayatri Ojha, Vice President, Original Equipment Manufactures Business (OEM), Total India, said that the bias against women in society is generally of unconscious nature. Ojha said that paradigms of industry were changing. “When things become demanding, especially for women, delegating work both up and down, works well,” she said.

The flagship event of the institute witnessed discussions and deliberations by industry experts and academia on five thematic sessions that include Clean Energy for Sustainable Economy and Environment, Sustainable Medical Technologies, Emerging Nano and Advanced Materials, Sustainable Environment, and Make in India.

Industry Day-2019 also witnessed a placement session organized exclusively for the institute’s Ph.D. students in which 17 companies interviewed more than 70 students.

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