Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) is all set with its expansion plans which would include many new facilities and projects. The Director of IITM, Bhaskar Ramamurthy, said, “Considering that the number of students at the Institute is reaching the 8,000 mark, efforts are being made to expand and bring in newer projects and not duplicate the existing ones.” He further added, “There are plans to triple the size of the IIT-M Research Park and the Institute is also in talks with the government to consider the proposal to set up another campus.”
Earlier, while inaugurating the 13th edition of IITM’s technical festival, Shaastra-2011, Ramamurthy said, “the event would be made as inclusive as possible to help facilitate exchange of ideas.”
On the occasion, the ex deputy director of IITM and current Professor of Ocean Engineering, V.G. Idichandy, refreshed his memories about the inception of the event and said, “Now it is more about organisation, less about technology. I urge the students to not to restrict themselves with patents. Your project may often fail, should fail, so that you learn you can be creative only when you are free.” Idichandy is going to retire this month only.
IITM had a centre of innovation which was funded by the alumni. This centre of innovation enabled students to create whatever they wanted to create. “Do not let anybody take control of it,” said Prof. Idichandy. The managing site director of VMWare Software, Niranjan Maka also participated in the inaugural function.
In this four day event, starting from Thursday, IITM will host over 100 technical events, including display of research projects, workshops and seminars. Around 5,000 students are expected to participate for the event and nearly, 20,000 people have registered themselves online for the event.