IIT Delhi Granted Status of Institute of Eminence

IIT Delhi has been declared as an Institute of Eminence by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry.

The announcement to this effect was made on July 9. Besides IIT Delhi, five other institutes including IIT Bombay have been put in this special category.

A total of 120 proposals were submitted of which six were finally shortlisted. UGC had suggested 20 parameters to qualify to be an institute of excellence. IIT Delhi already fulfills many of these parameters.

The institute will get a grant of Rs 1000 crore over the next five years as part of the new status.

The funds that the institute will get will be fundamentally used in broadening academic landscape, developing thematic initiatives and collaborations across campus, strengthening capabilities to translate knowledge into societal impact, establishing cross-cutting initiatives to strengthen the foundation of research.

The funds will be used to improve the faculty to student ratio by increasing the faculty strength to 1000, attract and incentivize talented faculty and meritorious students for academic excellence, plan for teaching and research collaboration with global universities figuring in the most reputed world ranking. The institute will also endeavour to recruit more foreign faculty, and increase the local and foreign student strength.

Some of the key areas that the institute will work on are advanced state of art labs, sustainable technology development, high-performance computing system, high-end research facilities in nanomaterials, healthcare, energy & environment, and manufacturing. There are plans to spruce the infrastructure facilities both in terms of housing and academic centers.

IIT Delhi is known for its key contributions to the country’s developmental challenges by virtue of having some of the best students and faculty in the country, proximity to the problems and ability to interact with policy makers and civil society.

The institute is building a technology park on campus which will host industry labs, provide space for entrepreneur startups and facilitate to nurture innovative ideas/ process/ technology/ product.