THE CONTRIBUTION of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IIT-K) to the development of country is being recognized in a big way.
The IIT-K is being increasingly involved in improving the country’s civic infrastructure. Acknowledging the institute’s research capabilities, the government is assigning important projects to the IIT-K.
IIT-K director Dr Sanjay G Dhande said the most prestigious project the institute has received so far was from the Railways.
He said the institute has been asked to develop a system that would help train to detect signals in different weather conditions.
The existing signaling system becomes ineffective during foggy weather and delays the movement of trains. Scientists and engineers at the institute are working to develop a system that would help driver to read signals clearly.
The institute was also working on developing a foolproof system to check train derailments and reduce wheel friction during movement. Recently, the institute has provided the Railways with a hi-tech telecommunication system, Dr Dhande.
The institute has been made the nodal centre for researches in nano science.
He said IIT-K had received Rs 20 crore to develop infrastructure to undertake the researches in nano science.
He also said scientists here were also working on projects relating to the development of language translation and transliteration.
Dr Dhande said the institute had initiated research on biotechnology and a well-equipped and sophisticated lab was set up.
Former minister Arun Shourie had provided Rs 12 crore from the MPLADS fund for the project, he added.