Research, innovation flourished in educational institutions amid lockdown

Research, innovation flourished in educational institutions amid lockdown

New Delhi: Despite the second wave of the COVID pandemic and the resulting lockdown, research in various educational institutions continued without any problems. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and many other higher educational institutions were engaged in world-class research, innovation and creation of new courses and setting up new campuses during these difficult times.

Amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, IIT-Ropar has developed a device called ‘Jeevan Vayu’, which can be used as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. It is the first device in the country that works without electricity and is optimized for both oxygen generation units such as oxygen cylinders and oxygen pipelines in hospitals. These features are not available in other existing CPAP machines.

Preparations were made to set up a ‘Energy Science and Engineering’ department at IIT Delhi during the current Covid wave. This new undergraduate B.Tech program in ‘Energy Engineering’ will be started from this year itself.

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KA Subramaniam, Head of Center for Energy Studies (CES), IIT Delhi said, “The B.Tech Energy Engineering degree program aims at easy access to energy, quality and reliability of supply as well as improving efficiency, de-carbonization and have to reduce the cost of energy supply.”

IIM-Ahmedabad is launching ‘Ashank Desai Center for Leadership and Organizational Development’. Vishal Gupta, Lecturer, IIM-Ahmedabad said, “Ashank Desai Center aims to promote rigorous research and leadership and organizational development and research in the public, private and social sector. It aims to create opportunities where faculty, practitioners and Policy makers can come along.”

The Center for Transport Research and Injury Prevention was established at IIT Delhi in the midst of the second wave of Kovid-19. This center will conduct research in the field of road safety and modern road transport system. This technology developed by IIT Delhi can save hundreds of lives by reducing road accidents.

At the same time, alumni of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and IITs have formed a start-up during the second wave of coronavirus. Under this startup, AIIMS alumni will train youth preparing for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to top medical colleges across India. On the other hand, IIT alumni will help the youth who want to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) to get admission in top engineering colleges.

AIIMS and IIT alumni have come up with a solution by conducting an online crash course for a duration of 45 days.

In addition, Gurugram-based Northcap University (NCU) has tied up with Arizona State University (ASU) in the US as a part of the Sintana Alliance under the New Education Policy (NEP) announced in 2020. Sintana is a network of major universities. around the world which helps develop high quality educational programs to meet the economic needs of other countries.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked ASU as America’s most innovative university over the past six years. Times Higher Education has also named it as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. ASU is the campus of America’s largest engineering college. ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management ranks the Master in Global Management number one in the Times Higher Education-Wall Street Journal rankings.

NCU Pro Chancellor Milind Padalkar said, “This tripartite agreement will focus on education, research and digital transformation. This will greatly benefit NCU students, faculty and the entire Indian innovation ecosystem.”

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