Within four months of starting its operations,the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar has begun a battle against power shortage in the state. The institute has already started work in this direction and plans to work extensively to produce power through biogas and other agricultural wastes.
Making a significant difference to the education system of Punjab,the institute has joined hands with institutes in the UK to work towards improving medicinal facilities in rural Punjab and working out options to solve the states lingering power crisis.
British Business,Innovation and Skills Minister Pat Mc Fadden,who was at IIT Ropar to review its tie-up with the institute today,apprised the faculty about the new projects being planned jointly with the institute. We are aiming at more exchange programmes for both faculty as well as students of the institute, said the minister.
Prof B K Dhindaw,Dean (Students Affair) said the institute had already signed an MoU with the Imperial College in London,which has done an extensive research in medicine. He further said the college would share its technology for developing telemedicine here in Punjab.
The USP of IIT Ropar is its faculty. In all it has 18 regular faculty members,all of whom have an international exposure of quite a few years. Besides the regular faculty,the institute has visiting faculty and its mentor is IIT Delhi.
The faculty informed that the new campus for the institute would be coming up shortly and it would be a green campus. Interviews for 30 new faculty members have been conducted and they would be joining shortly. Much care has been taken while recruiting the faculty and we want them to bring significant changes in the existing education system, Dhindaw added.
Though classes are being run from a polytechnic college,it has the required infrastructure including labs. The institute has around 210 students including 20 girls.
UK minister taken ill
The UK minister,after attending a Punjabi wedding last night,got unwell and faced indigestion. He was treated by a doctor in Chandigarh after which he went to Ropar but there also after a attending a meeting,he went to take rest. Sally Goggin,Director of Education,British Council India and Sri Lanka,confirmed about his ill health.