New Delhi, 17 August 2020: In the last decade, IIT Delhi saw a 55 percent surge in student base and a 35 percent growth in faculty. In the last five years, it has filed for over 500 patents, published more than 10,000 research papers and completed nearly 350 industry projects.
IIT Delhi is celebrating Diamond Jubilee as the institute has completed the journey of glorious 60 years of a great pride and inspiration for the entire country.
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the year-long Diamond Jubilee celebrations of IIT Delhi via video conferencing on Monday as the Chief Guest. HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ graced this memorable occasion as the Guest of Honor.
On this occasion, Hon’ble Vice President of India released the Diamond Jubilee logo and the institute’s strategy document- ‘IIT Delhi- Setting the Vision and Direction for 2030’. Addressing the inaugural session of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu congratulated IIT Delhi for completing the 60 years of journey and for the numerous contributions the institute has made for the national development, “IIT Delhi has made rapid strides in the last six decades and today is counted among the reputed institutions in the world. It is also recognised by the Government of India as an ‘Institution of Eminence’.
Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu further said, “I am told that the institute is planning to file over 200 patents this year as against 153 patents filed in 2019. I am also happy to note that IIT Delhi has emerged as a leader in the entrepreneurship space in the country. It is good to note that Institutions such as IIT Delhi are producing job providers rather than job seekers and becoming trendsetters for other institutions in the country.”
Union HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ while congratulating IIT Delhi on its Diamond Jubilee said that the institute’s journey of glorious 60 years is of a great pride and inspiration for the entire country.
While appreciating IIT Delhi’s COVID-19 research initiatives, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, “The contributions of IIT Delhi in meeting the national challenge of fighting COVID-19 through technological support are praiseworthy. From developing the world’s cheapest RT-PCR-based COVID-19 diagnostic kit to supplying over 40 lakh PPEs to India and the world, the institute’s researchers have done a remarkable job.”
The Hon’ble Minister added, “I am happy to note that over 500 patents have been filed by IIT Delhi faculty and students in the last 5 years in addition to publishing over 10000 research papers in peer reviewed international journals in the same period. IIT Delhi Research Project funding from competitive research grants has also grown 4 times in the last 5 years, from 100 crores per year in 2016 to over Rs. 400 crores in 2019.”
Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ further said, “I have also learnt that the IIT Delhi has by far the best eco-system for start-ups in the country. I feel proud that IIT Delhi alumni have created close to 800 start-ups, the highest in the country as compared to alumni of any other institute. Of the close to 30 unicorns created by Indians, 15 of them are by IIT Delhi alumni alone. IIT Delhi alumni led start-ups have created over 30 million jobs and raised USD 19 Billion in investments and have been the trend setters in the country as well as in the world.”
Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi while speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations said, “With the vision for 2030 in place, IIT Delhi is on the road to its next phase of growth. The successful achievement of its vision will positively impact the lives of students, alumni, faculty and staff, while shaping the progress of our nation for decades to come.”