The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, conducted the 13th edition of its annual Open House on the campus premises on Saturday, April 22. A one-day event dedicated to providing insights on the path-breaking research work being conducted by the institute, Open House 2017 played host to interactive sessions with leading Start Up and Industry veterans from across India, including Ms. Bhawna Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer at Gadgets360.com and Varun Mathur, Co-Founder and Director, VEQTA. Professors and students from various departments came together to present their best projects to an audience comprising technology enthusiasts, school children, members of other institutes and the general public.
Inaugurated at Dogra Hall by Dr. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, the event was held between 10 am and 2 pm with exhibitions spread across different locations of the campus and visitors allowed to access different department laboratories till 4 pm. The event concluded at the Seminar Hall with the Alumni Association of the Institute presenting awards to the best of the poster and research project demos on display.
Earlier, a traditional press preview had been organized by IIT Delhi on Wednesday, April 19, at the Main Guest House, where many of the major projects were showcased. Speaking at the preview which served as a prelude to the main Open House Event, Dr. Rao said, "We are proud to step into another edition of Open House and like every year, we look forward to providing opportunities to our visitors to experience the state-of-the-art innovations of our students and faculty at IIT Delhi.” The preview saw a panel of Prof. M. Balakrishnan, Deputy Director (Strategy & Planning), Prof. Suddhastwa Basu Associate Dean, Research & Development and Dr. Anil Wali, Managing Director of Foundation For Innovation And Technology Transfer (FITT) explain about the concept behind the Open House, the state-of-the-art innovations developed in IIT Delhi over the past year and the recent achievements of the institute. Prominent among these were IIT Delhi’s collaboration with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in the Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY) scheme, IIT Delhi’s contribution to IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology) India, a first-of-its-kind Pan IIT and IISc Bangalore joint initiative started with the intention of developing a New Education Policy and Roadmap for Research in India, and the growth and impact of the in-campus Incubator Park.
Moderated by Dr. Mahesh P Abegaonkar, Chairman of Open House 2017, the press preview saw faculty from various departments make their brief presentations on the projects they were working on with their students. Prof. Brejesh Lall and his team from the Department of Electrical Engineering introduced their innovative attendance app, via which a timetable paperless attendance system had been introduced on campus and made the attendance marking process convenient for faculty and students alike. Prof. Sukumar Mishra from the same department presented his team’s project, titled ‘Smart DC Home’, which aimed at introducing an autonomous self-sufficient Direct Current network which would significantly reduce electricity wastage incurred at the time of synchronization from solar power panels to Alternative Current. Other projects included the development of an Automatic Strap Mechanism for Motorcycle Helmets by Prof. Puneet Mahajan and his team from the Department of Applied Mechanics, the work done by Prof. Rajendar Bahl from the Centre for Applied Research in Electronics in designing an Integrated Visual Acoustic System (IVAS) to detect the presence of Ganges River Dolphins and on making India safe from terror attacks and cross-border firing though the conception of suitable equipments as developed by Prof. Tanusree Chakraborty and Prof. Vasant Matsagar.
The press preview concluded with a Question Answer session and a guided walk through the stalls set up for showcasing demonstrations of these projects to the journalists in attendance.
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