IIT Kanpur hosts Virtual Labs Nodal Centre Coordinators Meet
Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur hosted the Virtual Labs Nodal Centre Coordinators Meet on 1 April 2023, which witnessed the participation of 50 nodal coordinators. The event was jointly organized by INAE Kanpur Chapter, ASM International Kanpur Chapter, and Material Advantage, IIT Kanpur.
Prof. Yogesh M. Joshi, Chair, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) Kanpur Chapter, welcomed the participants and emphasized the long association of the INAE Kanpur Chapter with Virtual Labs at IIT Kanpur. Prof. Kantesh Balani, PI Virtual Labs at IIT Kanpur and coordinator of ASM International Kanpur Chapter, emphasized the need of virtual labs in current era of mobile phones to facilitate various experiments and labs virtually to students without any physical boundaries.
The need of customizing the experiments in virtual labs to suit individual teaching style and standard curriculum was also emphasized. Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari, Dean PG & Research, Rajkiya Engineering College, Banda; Prof. Aparna Dixit, PSIT Kanpur, and Mr. Dhananjay Umrao, Project Engineer at Virtual Labs, IIT Kanpur, presented the technological aspects of developing virtual lab, while providing case studies, and highlighting facilitation extended by the coordinating regional centres. Ms Sheetal Singh showcased the outreach analytics of the virtual labs, and also hosted the proceedings of the ceremony. The event was a great success and the nodal centre coordinators highly appreciated this post-Covid physical meet and ensured their full support in involving more colleges to join the growing family of Virtual Labs at IIT Kanpur.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur was established on 2nd November 1959 by an Act of Parliament. The institute has a sprawling campus spread over 1055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 22 centres, and 3 Interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with 540 full-time faculty members and approximately 9000 students. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.