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Set up in 1958 as the country's second IIT -- after IIT Kharagpur (IIT-KGP, 1950) -- in the list of 23 IITs currently, IIT-B enters the momentous diamond jubilee year of its historic first convocation held on December 22, 1962, when around 70 wide-eyed young men passed out of the institute.
Decades later, the golden jubilee convocation in 2012 was attended by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The institute has a little more than 12,005 students in 2021, as per the current annual report released by its Director, Professor Subhasis Chaudhuri.
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The groundwork for the first IIT-KGP was inspired and prepared well before Independence by the late Bengal academician Humayun Kabir, who later served as the Education and Civil Aviation Minister of India.
After the country achieved freedom in 1947, its first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru pushed the idea forward and even laid the foundation stone for IIT-B, according to the Council of Indian Institutes of Technology (CIITs).
Nehru wanted science and technology to play a prominent role in modernising the new India and meeting the needs of its growing population, and envisioned that the IIT system would, over time, produce scientists and technologists of the highest calibre who would engage in research, design and development to help build the nation towards self-reliance in her technological needs.
"The institutions were to be designed with the necessary dynamism, flexibility of organisation and capacity to adapt in the light of expanding knowledge and changes in the socio-economic requirements of a modern society," says the CIIT.
The earliest IITs got the benefit of material assistance and academic cooperation from certain developed countries -- IIT-B from USSR, IIT-Madras from Germany, IIT-Kanpur from the US and IIT-Delhi from the UK.
Over the years, the IITs have created world-class educational platforms dynamically sustained through internationally recognised research, based on excellent infrastructural facilities.Wikipedia
Over the years, the IITs have created world-class educational platforms dynamically sustained through internationally recognised research, based on excellent infrastructural facilities.
The faculty and alumni of IITs have made a huge impact in all sectors of the society, both in India and abroad, and the IITs are globally recognised as 'centres of academic excellence', reputed for the outstanding calibre of the students graduating from them.
Over the years, even IIT-B grew in leaps and bounds and now ranks nationally and globally among the most renowned institutes of excellence in various fields of technology.
Compared to the first girl -- Tejaswini Saraf (1966 batch) -- who turned heads at IIT-B, being the lone female student among 300 boys, today the situation is different with 20-25 per cent female students on the campus.
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As the President of the IIT-B Alumni Association (IITBAA), Deepak Patil, says, at IITs, the mind is trained not only academically, but also to think deeply, rationally, to handle any problem, to go to the root and evolve a logical solution.
IITBAA Chairman Girish Nayak says IIT education makes the student sharper and analytical, trains them overall to solve any kind of problems, grapple any challenges in life without getting surprised or overwhelmed, and this is something that stays with them forever.
The duo feels that the IITs offer an excellent opportunity for personality development, total independence, no family support systems to shield them from any emotional problems, thrown together with total strangers from different parts of the country and learn to live together.
"It's here that we realise that there are many who are not only as brainy as you, probably more intelligent than you... There would be hot debates of high intellectual levels on practically any topic under the sun, from technology to politics. All of these adds to your personality and intellect and yet makes you humble," said Patil.
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Plus, the students here get the advantages of an outstanding faculty, staff, academic-industry connection, and the rich experiences of the trail-blazer alumni, which result in achievements that make global headlines.
A few of the many notables who have passed out of IIT-B over the past six decades are: BSE MD & CEO Ashish Chauhan, Syntel founder Bharat Desai, Infosys Co-founder Nandan Nilekani, Twitter Inc. CEO Parag Agrawal, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, ex-BMC Commissioner Jairaj Phatak, ex-Union minister Jairam Ramesh, late Goa CM Manohar Parrikar, mathematician Ravindran Kannan, ex-Dean of Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria, economist Ajit Ranade, and ex-President of Bell Labs Arun Netravali, among others. (IANS/SP)
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Dinesh Patel, a resident of Rajmalpur village of Jaunpur district and a Computer Science teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya at IIT Bombay, has developed a robot named ‘Shalu’ which speaks nine local languages and 38 foreign languages.
Inspired by the Bollywood movie ‘Robot’, Patel developed ‘Shalu’ which is similar to ‘Sophia’, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics of Hong Kong.
Patel told IANS, “Shalu has been developed using waste materials like plastic, cardboard, wood, aluminium etc. It took three years to develop it and the expenditure was around Rs 50,000.”
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He said this is a prototype and it can recognise someone, memorise things, answer questions related to General Knowledge, Maths, etc. “Shalu can greet people, display emotions, read newspaper, recite recipes and perform many other activities. This can be used as a teacher in schools and as a receptionist in offices too,” Patel added.
Patel said that as of now they have used plaster of paris but can beautify the robot with the help of a mask.
Supratik Chakravarty, a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department of IIT Bombay, appreciated the robot.
In a letter to Patel, he said: “It is really a great development. Such a robot can be used in the field of education, entertainment and several other fields too. Shalu can be an inspiration for the next-gen scientists.” (IANS/KR)
About the Author: Arpit Jindal is pursuing B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT Roorkee. He joined Internshala Trainings for Programming with C and C++ training and shares how it helped him complete his internship at IIT Bombay.
Having come from a socially, educationally, and technically backward city, I had no familiarity with coding during my school years. Thus, my initial exposure to coding after getting admission in IIT Roorkee fascinated me to the core. I developed a keen interest in C++ programming in my first semester.
I was seeking an internship at IIT Bombay under Prof. Subimal Ghosh, so I sent him an email expressing my interest to work with him. He reverted asking about my working knowledge of C++, the profile I was interested in, and the time period for which I was available. He shared some of his research papers with me and when I had gained an initial insight on them, he asked me to join him at IIT Bombay. My joy knew no bounds when I was selected for the internship but then began the journey of a training that was to change my internship experience.
The professor was working in the field of climatic changes, statistical downscaling of rainfall, the projection of rainfall, etc. using MATLAB software. My job was to convert the MATLAB codes, written to get the projection of rainfall, into C++ codes. Although I was acquainted with the concepts of C++, I needed to enhance my learning and skills for the internship. While digging into available training programs, I came across Internshala’s Young Achiever Scholarship which provides free training to economically challenged students. This was a golden opportunity for me to learn in the comfort of my room. I applied for the scholarship and got the chance to do free training.
The training commenced on June 15. The course was divided into four modules which were designed in an easy and detailed manner and the concepts were explained well. An interesting thing about these was that I could not skip any lesson or test. Normally, with some prior knowledge, we tend to go through only those lessons that we need to learn. However, I had to go through all the lessons and tests which helped strengthen the basics of the subject.This learning not only boosted my knowledge but also my confidence. Another thing that I appreciated about the training program was the support of the team – whenever I had any doubt, I just called them and got it sorted. This made the training program stand out from other courses available on the internet.
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The training program guided me through all the roadblocks I faced during my internship. Everything I needed to work on during the internship became easier (and sometimes possible) with the detailed lessons and practice tests. Conversion of codes required the knowledge of pointers, functions, gamma distribution, inverse gamma distribution, inverse normal distribution, and nested loops which I had no understanding of until this training came to my rescue. I completed my project in time and submitted the project report to my professor. The training helped me like Akshay Kumar had helped Paresh Rawal in the movie ‘Oh My God’, guiding me at each step, and helping me understand the nitty-gritty of C++. Pursuing this training proved to be a great decision and excited me enough to take up another training on AutoCAD in the coming summer.
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New Delhi, December 17, 2016: Our still patriarchal and not entirely turned egalitarian society shows the reasons why it is difficult to become a full fledged equal society. And these symptoms not just out laugh, our hopes and dreams of equality in our society but also make us feel sad about the current scenario. But we can expect such symptoms from the backward areas of our society where education has not seeped in. When it comes from one of the most reputed educational institutions in our country, we don’t quite know how and what to say. In a recent sexist incident against the popular singer Sona Mohapatra, IIT Bombay’s annual fest,”Mood Indigo” decided by themselves that a single woman on the stage won’t make quite such a statement than it would if she is accompanied by a man. No seriously, how obsessed is our society with this one creature? Sona Mohapatra claims that they put forth a caveat on her performance stating that she must be accompanied by a man on stage. A solo female headliner was strictly not permitted.
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But, Sona Mohapatra was not one of those to give in to the sexism displayed by this institute. In a strongly voiced Facebook post, the singer slammed down the Mood Indigo committee. Here is the post where she showed the institute that they are nowhere up but down in the cesspool of sexism and misogyny:
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Dear Mood Indigo,
You claim that you are Asia’s ‘biggest’ cultural fiesta & take pride in being a premier institute of highest learning in the world too. I LAUGH at that claim & call you out straight up on this date for actually being a cess-pool of mediocrity instead.
All the mathematical equations in the world will not be able to teach you the equation of fairness. All the ‘balancing’ of equations count for nothing if you do not seek a balanced world. All the formulae in the world will not teach you the idea of making a true difference in the world & all the sponsorship, hype, marketing & branding of the world will not cover up the fact that you are a training ground for the worst kind of ‘boys clubs’ that create an imbalance in the world!!
What cultural festival has for decades showcased only men headliners on their stage, be it music, literature, politics, comedy or ANY other domain????? Yours, Mood I.
‘Most’ college campuses in India, esp the premiere institutes of course, follow suit & ‘copy-paste’ this disgusting blueprint of yours. Don’t believe me? Please do check out the archives of the line ups you have showcased year after year & start by scrolling down your own current FB festival page today. You have good company in festivals like NH7 & other big music festivals in such discriminatory practices, so take heart (one Anoushka Grammy Shankar doesn’t change the obvious, yo boys!)
So yes, your ‘boys clubs’ are quite a ‘brother-hood’ outside of the campuses too! Everyone passing out into the real world has been taught these lessons well in their colleges apparently.
The only few human’s of my gender who have landed up ‘performing’ in this ‘cultural’ festival are either ‘not paid’ or could, only under the umbrella of another man or in a ‘troupe’ of some kind.
That you don’t even see the blatant sexism that your institute & festival is propagating is sickening.
For three years in a row I’ve been getting calls from your Mood-I committee members for a concert in your festival but the invite always comes with a caveat. A BIG caveat. A non negotiable caveat.
A ‘MAN’ needs to be clubbed in on the marquee to validate my stage, a paid stage in particular. A SOLO FEMALE headliner? Want to be paid a price? Just not possible. The ‘men’ have homes to support, we women just ‘work’ for ‘fun’!
Don’t believe me? Go through your festival line-ups year after year, decade after decade & you will see this clear as day. You are people with a scientific temper who understand statistics & the like? You’ll see the SAD truth slap you on the face. It’s boys, boys & only more boys. The payment part is not so obvious & for now you will all just have to take my word for it.
Does it effect me personally? Am I shedding tears of sadness about missing this great opportunity to entertain & blow your minds with my act? NO, not really. I’ve carved out my career path successfully despite the odds & am playing a lot of solo headlining gigs with my band SonaLive, 11 concerts in the last fortnight alone. No colleges except the ‘ladies only campuses’, as usual.
Why even write this letter then? Well, it is gut wrenching & it takes effort & all the love in my heart for my country to do so. That the premiere educational institutes of the country are blindly propagating such values while the government is putting a spotlight on the plight of the ‘Beti’s’ in the country in their public campaigns in 2016 is ironical. You ought to be leading the way in my not so humble opinion not just counting on the government for everything. You have no business being in the business of education using this country’s tax-payers money when you do not pursue its constitutional ideals. That your students are supposedly the top ‘intellect’ of our country & are being groomed to be in the top echelons of our country’s future scares me.
They will go into the real world with this deep conditioning & this cycle of shit will continue till it gags our society & mankind!
I was advised by my well wishers to refrain from posting this letter. ‘Why come across as a trouble maker when things are going so well for you’, they said. Will only bring on negativity & harm your current touring & work. Truth is, very few people have the stomach to digest ugly truths, let alone tell them. Life here is tough as it is?
I am proud of the fact that I do not add ‘glamour’ in other music directors ‘troupes’, get any work from them whatsoever & have yet lasted out & am playing 2-3 hour uncompromising concert sets in the biggest stages of the country. I am the most proud of the fact that my audience & fans love me for my own music & for being myself. My work with Ram Sampath is basis an equal work partnership where both of us contribute to a project, 50/50. Nothing more, nothing less. No favours given or taken. Only mutual respect. I have a young band of amazing musicians, all men at this point & all of whom have no issues backing a female solo artiste. In fact, they are unaware of my gender I believe. They tell me when I’m great on stage & are equally okay telling me if I’ve had an off day. I have a life partner who shares the same value & belief system & is unstintingly committed to the cause of equality of all kinds in society.
These are MEN amongst MEN.
So all in all, life’s great but I do dream & work for a future where we are ALL conscious about fighting for the right thing. Whenever anyone makes me feel like a second-class citizen in my own country, I will call you out. I urge you all to do the same. Everytime you forget that I am indeed equal, I will call you out. I urge the rest of you to do the same. I am asking for all my opportunities basis hard work, merit & talent. I am no privileged Birla daughter cutting the line & lip-syncing a ‘plus one’ song on a global festival stage. My journey has been long, hard, tough but satisfying & rewarding. A big part of the reward is that I have an audience that listens to me even when I am not singing. They hear me, understand me & give me the strength to stand up & speak my mind everyday.
I thank them every moment.
All of you attending Mood i, I do hope that you enjoy yourselves thoroughly. Do take a minute to think about what I said though. With an open, unbiased, clear mind. If this letter even changes 5% of the gender mix on stage in the coming days, I’ll consider my time well spent, although my gender actually constitutes close to 50% of the population. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep working towards doing so in ANY case.
Happy New Year.
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We just hope that IIT Bombay would first change its “Mood Misogyny” to “Mood Philogyny” and then organise the fest.
– by Shambhavi Sinha of NewsGram. Twitter: @shambhavispeaks