Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) crossed a significant milestone in its academic calendar as the Academics and Career Council, Student’s Gymkhana, successfully conducted the second edition of the Institute Research Symposium (IRS). The event witnessed a substantial audience turnout of approximately 500 students, demonstrating the institute’s commitment to academic excellence and knowledge sharing.
The symposium featured distinguished figures from academia and research, including Prof. S. Ganesh, Officiating Director, IIT Kanpur; Prof. Sameer Khandekar, Dean of Students Affairs, IIT Kanpur; Prof. Shalabh, Dean of Academic Affairs, IIT Kanpur; Prof. S. N. Tripathi, Organizing Chair, Institute Research Symposium, IIT Kanpur; Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, IIT Kanpur; and Prof. Ark Verma, Faculty Advisor, Academics and Career Council, IIT Kanpur.
The symposium featured three distinguished speakers, each providing valuable insights into various aspects of academic and research excellence. Prof. Y. N. Mohapatra from the Department of Physics, IIT Kanpur, initiated the symposium with a talk on the ‘Interdisciplinary Research in the Present World.’ Drawing upon his extensive experience, Prof. Mohapatra highlighted the importance of transcending disciplinary boundaries to achieve ground-breaking research.
Dr. Sandip Patil, IIT Kanpur alumnus and Founder and CEO of E-Spin Nanotech Pvt Ltd, delivered a captivating presentation on “Nanofiber Technology and its Commercial Applications: Future Startups.” Dr. Patil’s insights delved into the commercial potential of nanofiber technology and its pivotal role in fostering startup ventures.
Prof. Kantesh Balani, Dean of Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur, delivered a presentation on ‘Engineering Various Applications of Advanced Nanomaterials.’ Prof. Balani’s presentation shed light on the myriad applications of advanced nanomaterials across diverse fields, underscoring their transformative potential in technology and industry.
Over the course of two days, students from various departments at IIT Kanpur took the stage to present their research findings, providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. Each presentation was followed by interactive question-and-answer sessions, fostering engaging discussions among the students and the audience.
The Institute Research Symposium embodies IIT Kanpur’s unwavering commitment to fostering collaboration, facilitating knowledge exchange, and nurturing intellectual growth among its students, faculty, and researchers. It serves as a platform for young minds to explore, share, and discuss innovative research ideas that hold the potential to shape the future of academia and extend their impact beyond the institution’s walls.
Events of this nature play a vital role in enhancing the institute’s standing and reputation, making it worthy of achieving top positions, such as ranking first in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023 – Innovation category. The IRS also demonstrated IIT Kanpur’s proactive role in fostering innovation, academic excellence, and an environment for interdisciplinary research and learning, while solidifying its status as a leading institution in the realm of higher education.