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IIT Delhi Joins Hands with Industry Experts to Create Tech-enabled Solutions for Society

Participants can look forward to catch a glimpse of the visionary innovations, networking opportunities and discussing some prime issues concerning the relationship between industry and academia based on current societal requirement.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Delhi) invites industry experts to its first Industry Day on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 in the IIT Delhi premises. The event is aimed towards breaking down silos to catalyze academic-industry collaborations.

IIT Delhi has always been known for its projects and research driven curricula and the Industry Day will showcase the institute’s creativity and talent as an attractive business partner. The salient themes of the event – Defence, Environment, Affordable Healthcare, Smart Cities, and Energy – are focused to kindle new ideas and approaches to build leading-edge partnerships, while getting insights and feedback from experts and influencers.

Participants can look forward to catch a glimpse of the visionary innovations, networking opportunities and discussing some prime issues concerning the relationship between industry and academia based on current societal requirement.

Speaking about the annual technical exposition, Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi, said, "Industry Day provides an opportunity for fostering cross-fertilization of ideas through collaborations between industry and academia. As a common platform, it will bring together the industry, academia and research community to discuss the problems faced by the industry and form partnerships to create effective solutions, thereby strengthening a talented and responsive network to serve “innovation-hungry” global marketplace.”

Anurag S. Rathore, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Coordinator, DBT Center of Excellence for Biopharmaceutical Technology highlighted the fact that how health has been the last priority for many people today. “When we face a major health issue, we realise its importance with respect to other dimensions of our busy lives. IIT Delhi recognizes the value of human health and as such we have picked ‘Affordable Healthcare’ as one of the key topics of the Industry Day.”

Energy, Smart City, Environment and Defence are the other four topics that will be the focus of the event. Affordable Healthcare would highlight the importance of making it accessible to a common man by showcasing some of the key technologies and products that researchers at IIT Delhi have created for the industry. Sub topics include, efforts to make biotherapeutics affordable to the common man. A key project in this area is that of continuous processing for production of biotherapeutics, a project that has the potential to lower the cost of production by 50-70%. Another topic of interest is diagnostics for diseases such as sepsis and typhoid. Researchers will be demonstrating a product that can enable early detection of these diseases and thereby significantly improve the chances of patient survival. Efforts to improve drug delivery by use of innovative nanoparticles will also be presented. Products such as dental implants as well as artificial skin, products that are novel with respect to indigenous production for the country will also be showcased.

Over 200 industry experts such as Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman - BOG, Dr. V.K Saraswat, Member - NITI Aayog, Manpreet Singh, Director - KPMG, Dr. Maharaj Kishan Bhan, Former Secretary - DBT, GOI, Dr. Sanjay Singh, CEO, Gennova Pharmaceuticals, Dipakshi Mehandru, Policy Advocacy & Government Affairs, DELL are expected to attend the day-long event where faculty and students will showcase their ongoing work and technology available for transfer. The major attributes of the Industry Day entail talks by key-note speakers exploring avenues of possible fusion pertaining to research and consultancy, as well as panel discussion to find plausible solutions to bridge corporate expectation with academic training.

Interested participants can register themselves by visiting: “http://corprel.iitd.ac.in/registration.html”.


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