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IIT Delhi

Meeting of 16 August 2015

Record of Deliberations

Participants: Appendix I


Appendix I: List of participants

Appendix II: Contact details of Domain Leaders and Institute Representatives

Scope: MHRD has entrusted IITs and IISc to identify the needs of the country in terms its research and technology requirements so as to enable proper planning for manpower, research infrastructure and resources in ten domains of national interest. The outcome of this exercise would be policy documents on education and research.

Objective: Besides update from various Domain leaders, the objectives of this workshop were to discuss roadmap, milestones, proposed format of the reports and deliverables.

The Second Pan IIT-IISc IMPRINT Workshop was held at IIT Delhi on 16th August 2015. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Indranil Manna, Director, IIT Kanpur and Chief Coordinator, Imprint India Initiative. Representatives of all 16 IITs and IISc Bangalore were present in the meeting. Prof. K. Gupta, Director, IIT Delhi and Prof. U. B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad also graced the occasion. Besides update from various Domain leaders, there were wide ranging discussions on planning, data collection, roadmap, proposed format of the report and deliverables.

Morning Session (10:30 AM to 1 PM, Senate Hall, IIT Delhi)

Prof. Indranil Manna, Director, IIT Kanpur, welcomed all the participants, and was particularly pleased to note that representatives of all 17 institutes (16 IITs+IISc) were attending the workshop. As many participants were attending for the first time, Prof. Manna, in his inaugural presentation, first revisited the genesis and objectives of IMPRINT India initiative. Subsequently, he spent some time on the main agenda of the workshop, namely, defining roadmaps, milestones, timeline and deliverables. He spent few minutes on content, format and length of 3 reports being planned during the course of this project. After the inaugural address, Prof. Manna requested fellow directors from IIT Delhi and IIT Hyderabad to say a few words. Prof. K. Gupta, Director, IIT Delhi, welcomed all the delegates on behalf of IIT Delhi and wished the workshop a success. Prof. U. B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad thanked the organizers and expressed his happiness to participate in the workshop.

All the domain leaders presented the status of their theme and future course of action. Each presentation was followed by discussions. Domain leaders and institute coordinators learnt about the entire program and provided useful suggestions.

Mr. R Subrahmanyam, Joint Secretary, MHRD, also joined the meeting in the concluding session. The deliberations were summarized to him. He complimented the domain leaders and made several useful suggestions.

The major focus of this workshop was to discuss on modalities for creating roadmap and timelines for deliverables. These points were discussed in detail. A brief summary of deliberations related to these topics is provided below:

A. Content creation

  • Each Domain (we used to call it Themes earlier) should identify 10-15 themes

  • Each Theme should specify Topics with scope and Targets with deliverables

  • For each Theme, identify Grand Challenges and then Identify Gaps to address them

  • Set Benchmarks for each Target/Deliverable and come up with Infrastructure and Funding Requirements. It is not necessary to cover everything or all aspects. The most important or important ones are good enough to include.

  • Collate data/information from secondary sources (existing roadmaps, documents/studies and knowledge of team members through participation in various committees/expert bodies) on (i) infrastructure, human resources and financial resources for implementing recommended S&T solutions, (ii) existing institutions/programmes/curricula (school to higher education).

  • Crowd sourcing: Leverage UG/PG students to participate in Essay Competition on what they perceive as grand challenges for the country

  • Two workshops per domain could be organized for which funding will be sought from the MHRD by the coordinating institute (IIT Kanpur). Much of the deliberations/working by the teams to be organized through emails, audio/video conferences and Skype.

B. Timelines

  • Prepare a 2-3 page write-up per domain to come with a BROUCHURE (~25 pages) by September 27, 2015 for the launch of IMPRINT India on October 16, 2015.

  • Prepare 15-20 pages EXECUTIVE SUMMARY per domain to come up with an INTERMEDIATE REPORT (~200 pages) by February 2016 and FINAL REPORT (~250 pages) by May 2016. We can also prepare a detailed report of 150-200 pages per domain.

C. Report Format for Brochure

  • Each domain should have themes, Topics under various themes, Scope, Grand Challenges, and Targets with Deliverables (5 years/10 Years /20 Years)

Appendix I: List of participants

1. Prof. I. Manna, Director, IIT Kanpur

2. Prof. K. Gupta, Director, IIT Delhi

3. Prof. U. B. Desai, Director, IIT Hyderabad

4. Prof. Kushal Sen, IIT Delhi

5. Prof. B. R. Mehta, IIT Delhi

6. Prof. Rakesh Khosa, IIT Delhi

7. Prof. Naresh Bhatnagar, IIT Delhi

8. Prof. Vinod Tare, IIT Kanpur

9. Prof. Monica Katiyar, IIT Kanpur

10. Prof. A. K. Singh, IIT Kanpur

11. Prof. G. Saha, IIT Kharagpur

12. Prof. Suman Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur

13. Prof. Anupam Basu, IIT Kharagpur

14. Prof. P. K. Biswas, IIT Kharagpur

15. Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, IIT Bombay

16. Prof. K. R. Balasubramaniam, IIT Bombay

17. Prof. V. Kamakoti, IIT Madras

18. Prof. M. S. Shunmugam, IIT Madras

19. Prof. Superb Mishra, IIT Gandhinagar

20. Prof. Vikrant Jain, IIT Gandhinagar

21. Prof. Ravi. S. Nanjundiah, IISc Bangalore

22. Prof. R. K. Panda, IIT Bhbaneswar

23. Prof. Prabhat Kumar Singh, IIT BHU

24. Dr. Arijit Mondal, IIT Patna

25. Prof. Mohammed Zafar Ali Khan, IIT Hyderabad

26. Prof. SRM Prasanna, IIT Guwahati

27. Dr. Bharat Singh, IIT Mandi

28. Dr. Rahul Chhiber, IIT Jodhpur

29. Dr. Bhupesh K Lad, IIT Indore

30. Dr. Arindam Biswas, IIT Roorkee

31. Dr. Subhendu Sarkar, IIT Ropar