Rama Krishna Sangem
In a first of its kind, 23 IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) in India will hold a 2 day event of IInvenTiv or Inventive of IITs, on October 14 and 15, 2022. This is a research and development fair. Union Education and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be present at the launch of this unique event, being held to mark 75th year of Indian Independence, at IIT Delhi campus. 75 projects will be showcased.
A Steering Committee headed by Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, BoG (Board of Goveranors IIT Madras and Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, BoG IIT Hyderabad and IIT Roorkee ;has been assigned to look after the event. IInvenTiv, is aimed at creating holistic awareness around the research and innovation work being done by the IITs and seeking collaborative avenues among state universities and institutes, industry.
The event would also host administrators and students from institutions from tier 2 and tier 3 cities for them to have a closer glimpse of the R&D ecosystem of IITs . It would facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the requirements at the grass roots level in key areas such as agriculture, rural development, sanitation, resource management etc.
Dr Pawan Goenka said: “As India is taking strides to scale new heights in research & innovations, the IITs are at the forefront supporting the nation in attaining self-reliance across sectors. IInvenTiv aims to bring focus to key innovations from all the 23 IITs . This would help develop affordable technologies. We are expecting active participation from industry, academic and R&D institutions, for furthering ”Make in India” and Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy said,‘In today’s time, when multi-disciplinary research leading to cutting edge innovations are taking centre stage, it is important that the research and development done at the IITs is exhibited and presented to the industry and policy makers for meaningful outcomes that benefit the society. The Fair provides an opportunity to learn, exchange ideas and innovate for accelerating country’s progress in the ‘Amrit kaal’.”
Prof. B. S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, said, “IITs have been working relentlessly for the past decades towards enriching the research and development pool of the country. Right from making breakthrough discoveries to developing grass roots innovations, IITs have stood the test of time in supporting the nation for a holistic growth. This R&D Fair is envisioned to enhance the public perception of the IIT ecosystem”.
10 broad themes for the event:
Defence and aerospace, Healthcare (including devices and digital health), Environment and Sustainability (including air, water, rivers), Clean Energy & Renewables (including Hydrogen and EV), Manufacturing (including smart, advanced and industry 4.0), AI/ML/Blockchain technologies (including quantum computing).
Smart Cities & Infrastructure (including smart mobility), Communication Technologies (including education and 5G), Robotics, Sensors & Actuators, Semiconductors, Flexible electronics & Nanotechnology.
A total of 75 projects brought out along with 6 showcase projects. Out of the 6 showcase projects, IIT Kanpur will lead a presentation on the ongoing R&D in drone technology and how diverse its utilities have become; IIT Bombay will lead a presentation on the Bahubhaashak project, which enables speech-to-speech translation, in-line with the vision of National Education Policy 2020.
IIT Madras will lead a presentation on 5G Core and allied technologies; IIT Delhi will lead a presentation on the R&D in the broader areas of climate change, agriculture, rural technologies, sanitation etc; IIT Kharagpur will lead a presentation on affordable healthcare devices and technologies; and IIT Hyderabad will lead a presentation on the technological innovations in the electric vehicle (EV) sector.
The selected projects will be presented before the audience. Representatives from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM),will be present at the event. The audience will include administrators, students, global IIT alumni, faculties and scientists, according to a media release from IIT Hyderabad.