Dharmendra Pradhan at IIT Madras

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Inaugurating the IIT Madras Quantum Information, Communication and Computing Center at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras on September 19, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, said the new 3D printing technology can revolutionize construction, and can help solve travel problems in the country.

The minister said, “ITIs are not just educational institutions, they are temples to create scientific temperament and shape the future of humanity.” He added that our society has high expectations of IITs. “Our IITians must be torchbearers of growth and development”.

He said the day is not far when the whole world will come to IIT Madras to benefit from the Brain Research Centre. “Ideas, like 3D printing technology, can revolutionize construction, help solve travel problems and give the poor a dignified life,” said the education minister.

On the occasion, besides the new center, the minister also launched the institute’s strategic plan for 2021-27. Online degrees, internationalization and blended learning are part of the strategic plans.

The Minister further added that India has a culture of giving back to society and India innovates for the good of society. “Due to the technical strength of IIT Madras, India will roll out native 5G by the end of 2023. The talent pool of IIT gives me a lot of confidence. Our students need to rekindle their strengths to rekindle their ‘Chetna’. They must think big, drive social change and become job providers rather than job seekers,” he added.

Talking about the new center of IIT Delhi, Director of IIT Madras, V Kamakoti said that 75 crores per year will be spent on infrastructure development and all buildings will be developed to international standards. Two new centers will be launched each year on the Discovery Campus, the director added.

Sharing the plan for 2021-2027, the director further said that the course programs at the institute will be hybrid. The university plans to confer three online degrees and 20 multidisciplinary pivot options. The institute seeks to internationalize its programs and in this context, 50% of doctoral students will spend at least three months abroad.

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