Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, celebrated its 14th Foundation Day today (2nd August 2021). On this occasion, Hon’ble Chief Guest, Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, inaugurated the Center for Muscular Dystrophy at the Institute. Dr. Sanjeev Misra, Director, AIIMS Jodhpur, graced the Foundation Day of the Institute as the Guest of Honor, along with Dr. R. Chidambaram, Chairman, Board of Governors of IIT Jodhpur presided over the event. The event was attended by the faculty and staff of IIT Jodhpur. During the event, the Institute honored its faculty for their outstanding achievements in research and teaching excellence.
The centre for Muscular Dystrophy will address the fundamental problems in DMD disease and develop multiple therapeutic leads for clinical trials in DMD patients in India. Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, and Science and Engineering Research Board (DST-SERB), India, IIT Jodhpur will carry out the research work in collaboration with AIIMS Jodhpur and DART Bangalore.
IIT Jodhpur has achieved many milestones and contributed immensely to the Scientific, technological, societal, and economic development of the country. Currently, the Institute is working on more than 200 sponsored research projects with a financial outlay of over Rs. 100 crores. Apart from this, IIT Jodhpur has imparted a major boost to the entrepreneurial aspirations of the youngsters through its Technology Innovation & Startup Centre (TISC). IIT Jodhpur is setting up a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) with a funding of Rs. 115 Crore on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The TIH is also making tireless efforts to tackle Covid related problems by using AI.
Addressing the Institute during this grand occasion, Hon’ble Chief Guest, Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, Government of India, said, “Technological solutions to societal problems, scalability, acceptability are key to the development. I congratulate IIT Jodhpur for its progress in various aspects of research, innovation and technology to address these challenges. Multidisciplinary learning and research are the need of the hour to address global challenges. IIT Jodhpur is a center of great learning and it has the capability to address these challenges with innovative thinking and multidisciplinary outreach.”
“We should have a vision of not just a sustainable but an empathetic future. This is how our interdisciplinary learning and teaching at IITs should make a change”, added the Chief Guest in his address.
The guest of Honor, Dr. Sanjeev Misra, Director, AIIMS Jodhpur, appreciated the progress of the institute and its contribution to the local community. “IIT Jodhpur and AIIMS Jodhpur are two institutes of excellence working together to explore multidisciplinary research areas. As per the usual presumption, Engineers and Doctors work and think differently, but we believe the time has come for the Engineers and the Doctors to work together to address the upcoming global challenges. IIT Jodhpur and AIIMS Jodhpur are building these bridges for interdisciplinary research and learning. The unique collaborative Master’s Medical Technology Programme jointly offered by the two institutes is one-of-its-kind in the country, and with this, we are working on building a strong interdisciplinary foundation for the future, stated Dr. Misra.
Speaking during the occasion Prof. Santanu Chaudhary, Director, IIT Jodhpur, said, “IIT Jodhpur is now a leading technical education and research hub. We are a research-focused institute with high level of research and innovation activities with a focus to benefit Science, Industry, and Society. At present, the Institute’s faculty are involved in over 200 sponsored research projects worth over Rs. 100 Crores.”
In his Foundation Day speech, the Director highlighted various initiatives of the Institute. “IIT Jodhpur has multiple academic collaborations with other Institutes of excellence in the country. The unique Master’s Medical Technology Programme jointly offered by IIT Jodhpur and AIIMS Jodhpur is an example of the advanced steps taken by the Institute to lead and provide interdisciplinary learning and research. Along with this, some of the major initiatives in the field of research and innovation taken up by IIT Jodhpur include Space Robotics, Dependable Artificial Intelligence, Assurance and Provisioning of Clean Water, Nano-sensors for Internet of Things, 5G, and Quantum Technologies, among others”, added Prof. Chaudhury.
“In the IIT ecosystem, we should target building a Technology Superstructure and create new technologies and aspire to bring it to the world first. This is what will make us truly “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. IIT Jodhpur is a leader in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and I wish the Institute great success in the future.”, highlighted Dr. R. Chidambaram, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Jodhpur, during the event.