Twenty-three Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will come together for a mega research and development expo called “IInvenTiv”, to be held from October 14-15, officials said on Monday.
According to the official statement, the event aims to create holistic awareness around the research and innovation work carried out in the institution and seeks avenues of collaboration between universities and state institutes, industry and the IIT for a better development and a better reach of innovations at the local level.
The fair is organized in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, in line with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative. Among the themes identified for the show are defense and aerospace, healthcare (including devices and digital health), environment and sustainability, clean energy and renewable energies (including hydrogen and electric vehicles), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and Blockchain technologies. (including quantum computing), smart cities and infrastructure (including smart mobility), communication technologies (including education and 5G), among others.
“As India strides to new heights in research and innovation, IITs are at the forefront of helping the nation achieve self-reliance in all sectors. IInvenTiv aims to highlight the key innovations of the 23 IITs so that the awareness of R&D within the IITs increases,” said Pawan Goenka, Chairman of BoG IIT Madras, at a press conference.
“It would help to develop more affordable technologies for the benefit of all. We expect active participation from industry, academic and R&D institutions, as well as government to seek more collaborative and multidisciplinary avenues to advance the vision of Make in India,” he added.
The statement further mentions that during the fair, IITs will showcase projects in various fields covering climate change, sustainability, smart city architecture, rural agriculture, affordable healthcare, drone technology. , etc. Their aim is to promote innovations in line with Make in India and Digital India initiatives, and seek solutions for better reach and scalability of innovations that benefit the masses across regions.
“The event would also welcome administrators and students from institutions of Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities for them to have a deeper insight into the R&D ecosystem of IITs and, in turn, instill a similar vision. focused on innovation to develop projects of national interest,” said a senior. said an official from IIT Delhi.
“This would facilitate a holistic understanding of local-level requirements in key areas such as agriculture, rural development, sanitation, resource management, among others, and inspire them to develop innovations that positively impact a larger part of society,” the official added.
According to the release, a total of 75 projects from 23 IITs were selected for the event, along with six showcase projects. IIT Kanpur will host a presentation on ongoing R&D in drone technology and the diversity of its utilities; IIT Bombay will deliver a presentation on the Bahubhaashak project, which enables speech-to-speech translation, NPTEL, SWAYAM, MOOCs videos in vernacular languages, in line with the vision of National Education Policy 2020.
Selected projects will be showcased in front of the public in designated booths during the two-day mega event. Representatives from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) will be present at the event, the statement said.
With PTI entries
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