Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates IInvenTiv- 2024 at IIT-Hyderabad

IInvenTiv 2024

Rama Krishna Sangem

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the second edition of the Ministry of Education’s flagship R&D Innovation Fair, IInvenTiv-2024 at IIT Hyderabad on January 19, Friday. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Higher Education  and several other heads of leading academic institutions and industry leaders graced the inaugural session.

Dharmendra Pradhan on the occasion, said: “IInvenTiv-2024 at IIT Hyderabad signifies a momentous gathering of brilliant minds, visionaries, and trailblazers in the realms of science, technology, and industry. As we embark on this transformative journey, I recognize the crucial role of education in realizing the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and Viksit Bharat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advocacy for transformative education aligns seamlessly with this initiative, and IIT Hyderabad, known for its commitment to academic excellence, provides an ideal backdrop for this collaborative endeavour for displaying industry relevant R&D and innovation,” said the union minister.

Pradhan said, this event is not just a meeting point for academia and industry; it is a powerhouse that drives economic growth, job creation, and nurtures a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The innovations showcased here, emanating from India’s premier institutes, are instrumental in shaping the trajectory of our nation.

Dr. B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman of BoG, IIT Hyderabad and Chairman of the IInvenTiv-2024 Steering Committee, and Prof. B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad and convenor of the IInvenTiv-2024 Steering Committee, welcomed industry and academia representatives, setting the stage for insightful discussion.


“IInvenTiv, platform for creativity, innovation”

Prof. B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “IIT Hyderabad is proud to announce the inauguration of the annual R&D innovation fest, IInvenTiv-2024. The event is a celebration of creativity, intellect, and innovation.”. Prof. Murty highlighted the role of IIT Hyderabad in  contributing to advancements in science and technology.

IInvenTiv-2024 will present a diverse array of innovative projects, showcasing a total of 120 groundbreaking initiatives from 53 esteemed institutes. The featured projects span an impressive range, encompassing advancements from Orthopaedic Implants to the Development of a Lean Burn micro-gas turbine engine, and from 3D printed Sustainable Building & Structure to the creation of an indigenous Anti-Hail Gun, among others.

These remarkable innovations stem from a broad and collaborative spectrum of participating institutions, including prestigious names such as IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIITs, IISc Bangalore, and the top 50 NIRF-ranked engineering institutions in the country.

Among the industries, top stakeholders including Cyient, Honeywell, Applied Materials, Bharat Forge Ltd, ICICI, Synergy, Sun Pharma, Suzuki Motors, Bosch, Schneider Electric, and NTPC, among others, were present at the IInvenTiv-2024 inaugural event.

IInvenTiv-2024 emerges as a beacon of innovation, uniting top institutes in a collaborative showcase of transformative projects across diverse domains. The event’s impact extends beyond academia, drawing participation from leading industries and stakeholders, affirming its status as a pivotal platform aligning with the nation’s vision for self-reliance and development.


Sector wise sessions

Affordable Healthcare – Moderated by Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, Director, IIT Bombay, featuring Mr. Rajaneesh Kini, CTO, Cyient Ltd., Hyderabad, Prof. B. Ravi, Director, NITK Surathkal, Prof. Suman Chakraborty, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, and Dr. Prashant Garg, Executive Chair, LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.

Agriculture & Food Processing – Moderated by Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, Director, IIT Ropar, with panel members Dr. Sridevi Annapurna Singh, Director, CFTRI, Mysuru, Prof. V. Palanimuthu, Director, NIFTEM, Thanjavur, Dr. Gururaj Chalageri, Himalaya Wellness Company, and Mr. Rajasekhar, Chief Operating Officer, CSA.

Defense & Space – Moderated by Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc Bangalore, with panel members Dr. V. Narayanan, Director, LPSC, Trivandrum, Dr. E Varadarajan, Scientist F , CVRDE, Chennai, Dr. R. Balamuralikrishnan, Director, DMRL Hyderabad, and Dr. S.K. Jha, CMD, Midhani, Hyderabad.

Industry 4.0 – Moderated by Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, featuring Mr. A. Subramani, GE India Industrial Pvt Ltd., Prof. Asim Tewari, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mr. Nilesh Auti, Sr VP, Manufacturing Systems, Cyient Ltd., and Mr. Jayanta Banerjee, Chief Information Officer, Tata Steel.

Sustainable Technologies – Moderated by Prof. Rangan Banerjee, Director, IIT Delhi, with panel members Dr. Tata N. Rao, Director, ARCI, Hyderabad, Shri Shankar Venugopal, VP – Innovation & IP, Mahindra & Mahindra, Chennai, Dr. Rambabu, Greenko Group, Hyderabad, and Mr. Ravi Shanker Sharma, Director, Digital Green, according to a press release from IIT Hyderabad.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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