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IIT Bombay — housing one of India’s best computer facilities — has incubated more than 15 fresh, innovative ventures

education Updated: Jun 16, 2010 09:34 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

The idea of this top-notch institute germinated just before India’s independence. In 1946, a high-power government of India committee recommended the creation of four higher institutes of technology of the level of those in Europe and the United States to set the direction for the development of technical education in the country.



These institutes were designed to provide the “necessary dynamism and flexibility of organisation in the light of expanding knowledge and changing socio-economic requirements of modern society,” says the IIT Bombay website.



In 1957, planning for the institute in Bombay started. A year later, the first batch of 100 students walked into the 200-hectare campus at Powai, with Vihar and Powai lakes on either side and green hills around.



IIT Bombay was established with “the cooperation and participation of the UNESCO, and contribution of the (then) USSR government.” The institute received substantial assistance in the form of equipment and expert services from the USSR through the UNESCO from 1956 to 1973. The Institute received 59 experts and 14 technicians from several reputable Russian institutions. The UNESCO also offered 27 fellowships for training of Indian faculty members in Russia. Under the bilateral agreement of 1965, the USSR government provided further assistance to supplement the aid programme the institute already received through UNESCO.



In 1961, by an act of Parliament, IIT Bombay was declared an institution of national importance, and accorded the status of a university with powers to award degrees and diplomas.



Today, while the institute offers various programmes, it is known for its computer facilities, considered one of India’s best.



The following departments in the institute offer BTech/dual degrees:


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Aerospace engineering


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Chemical engineering


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Civil engineering


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Computer science & engineering


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Electrical engineering


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Mechanical engineering


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Metallurgical engineering & materials science



Physics:

The institute conducts a five-year dual degree programme in all engineering departments. On completion of the combined Bachelor’s and Master’s programme, a student is awarded two degrees:


1. BTech degree of the parent department, for example, mechanical engineering


2. MTech degree of the specialisation within the parent department, such as thermal and fluids engineering



The MTech programmes are available through the following divisions:


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Aerospace engineering


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Chemical engineering


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Civil engineering


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Computer science and engineering


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Earth sciences


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Electrical engineering


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Materials, manufacturing and modelling (industry sponsored)


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Mechanical engineering


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Metallurgical engineering and materials science


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Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering


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Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering


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Corrosion science and engineering (under metallurgical engineering and materials science department)


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Energy science and engineering


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Industrial engineering and operations research


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Systems and control engineering


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Environmental science and engineering


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Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA) (Technology and Development)



It also has MPhil, MDes, MSc, Master of management, MSc and PhD dual degree, postgraduate diploma of Indian Institute of Technology (PGDIIT at KReSIT) and PhD programmes.



The institute nurtures entrepreneurship, too. The Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was started to promote entrepreneurship at IIT Bombay. It administers a business incubator which provides support for technology-based entrepreneurship. In 1999, an IT business incubator was established at the institute’s Kanwal Rekhi School of Information and Technology. Spread over 10000 sq ft, it can accommodate about 15-17 companies. Some of its incubatees are A3 Remote Monitoring Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Agrocom Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Bhugol GIS Pvt. Ltd, Coll Craft Technology Pvt. Ltd, etc. In addition, there is an Entrepreneurship Cell as well.



IIT Bombay also has a Cell for Human Values and a Cell for Indian Science and Technology in Sanskrit.