IIT Gandhinagar being a new institute provides us with a tremendous opportunity to experiment in education. In its short existence of four years, the Institute has already gained a reputation for innovations in education. Our focus areas have been:
Life skills and broad-based curricula for our students. Significant projectbased learning. Learning through many extra-curricular activities such as projects and competitions. Social orientation of the students where they are grounded in the realities of society.
Recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty in the Institute. Empowering and encouraging them to carry out cutting edge research.
Paradigm shift in our entire management philosophy. On one side merit is rewarded and encouraged at all levels, while on the other side, adequate support system is provided to those who need one.
A brief summary of some of our experiments in education is available at our website. Two notable ones are:
New curricula for both B. Tech and M. Tech programmes at the Institute have very high level of emphasis on humanities and social science courses.
The new B.Tech students will now go through a 5-week Foundation Programme to enable them a smooth transition to the challenges ahead in their years at IITGN and in the professional life beyond IITGN.
The Institute today shows a very high level of energy and engagement of all sections: faculty, students and staff. Visitors to the Institute in the evenings are often surprised to see a disproportionately large number of students engaged in sports such as basket ball and volleyball. No wonder, despite a rather small student body, our students have been doing extremely well in the inter-IIT Sports meet for the last two years. This high level of engagement of our students is visible in all facets: organization of cultural and technical events, social work, research and design projects outside the curriculum, and in-class participation.
IIT Gandhinagar today takes tremendous pride in its student body for its maturity and leadership skills. We are confident that these young men and women will not only bring glory to the Institute in the years ahead, but will also be instrumental in changing the society, both technologically and otherwise.
The Institute is looking for industry partners who will not just recruit our graduates, but will also provide us with a constant feedback on their performance and help us continuously modify our curriculum that is responsive to the changing environment. We welcome all suggestions, participation and engagement from industry and other well wishers, in our endeavor to have IITGN emerge as a truly world-class university.
Sudhir K Jain
Director and Professor of Civil Engineering