From Director’s Desk
U. B. DESAI
Director, IIT Hyderabad
In July 2017 IIT Hyderabad entered its 10th year. We have come a long way in the last 9 years. Academically, we are at the forefront of developing new curricula and new programs. We are also at the forefront of research and development. Our faculty student ratio is the best among all IITs -- 1:13. We have a very strong PG program. The rough ratio among Ph.D. students, Masters students and undergraduate students is 30:25:45. Our placement records is also very good -- in most departments all students get placed, with highest salary around 35 lakhs per annum. By Aug 2017, IITH will have a total of 2300 students with almost 20% women students, and 180 faculty members. IITH's sanctioned research funding will be to the tune of Rs.350 crs. from nearly 300 plus sponsored projects. IITH's Scopus indexed publications will stand at 3000 with nearly 50 filed patents. IITH has strong industry collaboration - we collaborate with nearly 50 industries. Our Japan collaboration is in full swing with Japanese faculty visiting us and IITH faculty visiting leading Japanese university on a regular basis. There is a strong student exchange program with Japan. IITH has MOUs with at least 50 universities globally, most of them in Japan, USA, Australia, Canada, Europe and Taiwan. IITH has three technology incubators - iTIC, Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship and Fabless Chip Design Incubator. Moreover, there are 6 research centers - most notable being Nano-technology, Teaching and Learning Center, Design Innovations Center. On the academic front IITH is innovating and scaling while maintaining quality: We have B.Tech. programs in 9 engineering departments, MSc in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, M.Phil. in Liberal Arts, M.Des. in Design, and Ph.D. in all 13 departments. There is strong emphasis on interdisciplinary academics. IITH has implemented a very novel academic program, referred to as, Fractal Academics - the key idea is to atomize courses, provide breadth and depth, emphasize courses in liberal arts as well as creative arts, emphasize project work, and create an interactive learning ambience. In this approach the students will be well equipped to handle challenges of any job or challenges of post graduate education. IITH offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship to all students, a double major -- hardworking and enthusiastic student can get two B.Tech degrees. Students at IITH can enrich their knowledge by opting for a minor and/or an honors program. IITH is the only institution to offer DigiFab (3D-printing) to all first year students. IITH is the first institute to start an executive M.Tech. program in Data Science for working professionals. IITH is creating a unique holistic educational ecosystem that offers interactive learning, a highly, flexible academic structure, cutting edge research, strong industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship. It is providing an environment wherein students and faculty are not afraid to experiment and celebrate their ideas.
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH), one of the eight new IITs established in 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, is currently located in Hyderabad city and is a part of history in the making. It started functioning from its temporary campus in August 2008 by admitting 111 B.Tech. students. On 27 February 2009, the foundation stone of IITH was laid by Smt Sonia Gandhi, Hon'ble Chairperson of UPA. It started with just three departments - Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and has now grown to include, not only various other engineering departments (Chemical, Civil, Materials Science & Biotechnology) but also sciences (Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics) and Liberal Arts with the required state-of-the-art labs already established. It currently has more than 1000 students and around 90 faculty members. Its youthful and dynamic faculty, passionate students and dedicated staff together envision building a premier institute with the main focus on ideas and innovations that contribute to the progress of science and technology. To achieve this vision, an atmosphere which churns out professionally skilled, morally strong and socially responsible youth is created at IITH. Working towards achieving this goal, IITH has made significant progress in academia and research. The faculty is zealously involved in several sponsored projects from DST, DIT and other governmental agencies. The total outlay of these projects crosses 500 million, a creditable achievement for any fledgling institute. Tie-ups with foreign universities and industrial giants provide students with international and national scholarships. They secure prestigious industrial & research internships that broaden their perspectives in technology as well as endow them with adaptability, versatility, team spirit and a disciplined work ethic.