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ARE YOU POISED TO JOIN ICT?
On behalf of the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), I offer you my most heartfelt congratulations on your sterling performance in the recent examination. Like an explorer on the frontiers, you now stand peering at the horizon, wondering about the prospects that lie ahead for you. Although exhilarating, it could also be unnerving; and many of you may have sought the counsel of your elders to guide you through these unfamiliar waters. Regardless of the path that you ultimately choose, I am certain that success will be your companion and in due course, I hope, you will be successful in your endeavours. As the Director of this institute, I sincerely hope that your credentials and merit fetch you admission to the desired course here and ultimately you would be our proud alumnus, like scores of others who have brought laurels to us.
Genesis and Growth
Established 77 years ago with the noble intention of advancing India’s knowledge reserves in chemical science and technology, the Institute has grown to become a premier (deemed) university devoted to education, training, research and industrial collaboration in chemical engineering, chemical technology, applied chemistry, pharmacy, biotechnology and bio-processing. The list of achievements of this great centre of learning is voluminous and ever since its inception, the Institute has been a fertile breeding ground for some of India’s most gifted minds. The Institute’s alumni have distinguished themselves in all walks of life, be it in industry, academia, government or public service in India as well as abroad. Some of the rare international honours have been bestowed upon them and some have been role models, serving the nation.
When compared with a large number of engineering and technological institutes, which mushroomed during past 2-3 decades, the genesis of ICT, still popularly called UDCT/UICT by many, is beyond fathom and imagination. Its low profile in common man’s vocabulary is both bane and benefit. Even our neighbours have never known what we do or what we stand for- for them it is a ‘dagdi’ (stone) college or a hospital, at the most; they are intrigued and bewildered whereas it is a benefit for us from the academic view point since we continue to work quietly, sans the typical college atmosphere, impart high class education, and conductresearch par excellence, having a direct relevance to solving societal problems and adding to quality of life. Philanthropy, visionary leadership of the University of Bombay (now Mumbai), active participation of the industry to create endowments for faculty positions and laboratories, and the support of the then Governor of the Province of Bombay, which extended to almost 10% of India, led to the foundation of the University Department of Chemical Technology on October 1, 1933. The Vice Chancellor Sir Vithal Chandavarkar, an industrialist, educationist and proponent of textile industry, put allhis valour behind the fledgling UDCT and assisted in creating a far-sighted roadmap. The Committee constituted by the University for establishing the UDCT was chaired by none other than the great civil engineer Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesaraya, and comprised of, among others, such stalwarts as Sir K.M. Munshi, the Founder of BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, and Shri KapilramVakil, a doyen of inorganic chemical industry in India. Research was incorporated as an integral part of the UDCT right from inception, and the first batch of students for the B. Sc. (Tech.)- a two-year post-B Sc. Course, with Textile Chemistry and Chemical Engineering as the branches, was admitted on 4th August, 1934. With the growth in demands for chemicals, drugs, polymers and materials after World War II, other branches of chemical technology embracing Foods and Drugs, Oils, Plastics, Paints, Varnishes, Intermediates and Dyes, Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals, were added and these courses were later reorganized to give a distinct flavour to all branches of Chemical Technology. Birth of several industries was a direct result of UDCTs’ activities. In 1951, Chemical Engineering branched out as a post-Inter Science four-year degree programme, B. Chem. Eng.,which has been the most sought after ever since. The B.Sc. (Tech.) courses were converted into post-B.Sc. three-year courses in 1966 and finally further converted into B. Tech. programmes, which are post-HSSC (12th Standard) in 1998.
The ICT is a vibrant and invigorating institute, a symbiosis of academic excellence, culture, ethos, value systems,and anarchitect of new and useful knowledge, standing tall among all institutes of national importance.
Deemed University Status
The UDCT grew in stature over the years and was granted partial autonomy by the University of Mumbai in 1985, which was taken to the next echelon under the concept of autonomy propagated by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Financial, academic and administrative autonomy was conferred during the Diamond Jubileein 1993-1994 for a period of five years, which was extended for next 5 years in 1998, followed by another extension of five years. The University thought it appropriate to rename it as the University of MumbaiInstitute of Chemical Technology (UICT) on 26 January 2002 to distinguish its grander academic programmes and accomplishments surpassing those of a typical University department. The UICT was granted full autonomy in June 2004 by the State of Maharashtra under the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the World Bank with complete assistance of the University. Upon a strong recommendation of the UGC through a peer review process, the autonomous institute status was finally converted in to a Deemed-to-be-University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, on 12 September 2008; a strong recommendation was made that the ICT should be fully supported and its activities strengthened by the Government and the new (deemed) University should commence its functioning from academic year 2009-10. A grand ceremony was launched to mark this occasion on 21st May, 2009 with announcement of the new Director (Vice Chancellor), which is occupied by yours truly. It is a unique Deemed University, with unparallel record, funded by the State of Maharashtra, receiving various grants and projects from the UGC, DAE, DBT, DST, CSIR, ICMR, MFC, MOEF and other agencies including Indian and foreign industries. Several Centres of Excellence have been created through the support of central agencies, which have been mainly responsible to nurture quality in education and research. In a recent review of all deemed universities in the country, the MHRD granted A grade to the ICT, which is the only one in the State of Maharashtra along with three institutes – TIFR, TISS and CFRI, all of which are funded by the Central Government ministries.
Elite Status and Centre of Excellence of Govt of Maharashtra
Based on its stellar performance and national and international accolades, the ICT was declared as Elite Institute and Centre of Excellence by Government of Maharashtra on 20th April 2012 in the State Assembly, on par with national institutes of importance such as IITs, IISc and IISERs. This is a unique distinction in India for a state owned university of any kind and it speaks volumes about the sagacity of the government. It has been made possible through dedicated services, hard work and talent of our faculty, students, alumni and support staff. . Now as an Elite Institute, we would like to be an INNOVATION UNIVERSITY, in tune with modern concepts and contemporary speed of creation and dissemination of knowledge; a new trinity based on expansion, inclusion and quality will be our soul. We will create new knowledge to solve the problems of chemical, biological, materials and energy industries in service of the nation and in turn the world. Our vision and mission are thus redefined.
Engineering Challenges and Relevance of Courses
If you are admitted tothis grand institution, which is strictly based on merit, it is assured that the education you receive will be of the highest order and, in the years to come, will place you at the cutting-edge of science and technologywhere you will develop products and services that greatly improve the lives of those around you.Do you wonder as to what relevance these courses have vis-a-via ‘white collared’ engineering programmes and are these courses as rewarding?No virtual world can be created without materials produced by niche and eco-friendly technologies. We all leave in the world of chemicals, molecules, if you may, and products, which are transformed to give quality and longevity to life. In this context, let me direct your attention to the “Grand Challenges”, as they are referred to by the USAcademy of Engineering,and which include:
|1. Advancing health informatics
||2. Engineering better medicines
|3. Making solar energy more affordable
||4. Providing access to clean water
|5. Reverse-engineering the human brain
||6. Advancing personal learning
|7. Engineering tools for scientific discovery
||8. Managing the nitrogen cycle
|9. Providing clean energy from fusion
||10. Securing cyberspace
|11. Preventing nuclear terror
||12. Enhancing virtual reality
|13. Developing new methods of carbon sequestration
||14. Restoring and improving urban infrastructure
All these challenges are uniquely physicochemical in nature and an education in chemical engineering or chemical technology particularly empowers you to tackle these herculean tasks. There is a confluence of chemical sciences and engineering with biological sciences and engineering. The technologies related to producing advanced materials, clean energy generation and storage, medicines, high-end drugs, neutraceuticals, food products, fertilizers, agrochemicals, polymers, surface coating materials, laser dyes, colorants, pigments, adhesives, textiles, fibres, oleochemicals, surfactants, lubricants, water treatment and purification, air pollution abatement, bio-processing, downstream processing and a myriad of related issues involve high degree of science and engineering. How are we going to feed billions of people, remain in harmony with nature, and develop sustainable processes and technology? What will be their energy and material needs? Life expectancy is getting extended. Addressing these challenges requires a multifaceted effort that traverses the fields of chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, information technology and nanotechnology, engineering mathematics, environmental engineeringand the curriculum and courses offered at the Institute have judiciously incorporated subjects from all these disciplines.Our courses directly allow being on the forefront of these rewarding careers.
More importantly, you will be instructed by some of the nation’s most eminent scientists and engineers who themselves are at the vanguard of research in these fields, thereby ensuring that the knowledge passed onto you is pertinent, real experience and updated. Teaching without research is barren and our planners thus were visionary in bringing research component in our teaching to solve real problems. These researcher-cum-teachers are always on their toes and work longer hours to be on the forefront. This invigorating atmosphere is witnessed in my institute. There is no nine-to-five culture; working extended hours is a habit here imbibed by students and teachers alike. Besides, a large number of the ICTfaculty acts as consultants/advisors to industry with a strict condition that no institutional material facility is used for these industrial consultations. Research projects investigated in our labs are of both academic sanctity and industrial relevance. So the proverbial ‘Practise what you preach’ is indeed executed by the faculty; many of them actually earn their salaries through the one-third share of the consultation fees paid to the institute.
National and International Accolades and Ranking
The Institute’s strong multi-disciplinary research programmeshave helped create a unique learning environment that places great emphasis on synergizing knowledge from several sources to develop creative and effective solutions to many of the problems faced in industry and society and it this eclectic combination ofa rigorous and up-to-date curriculum, excellent laboratory and demonstration facilities, world-renowned faculty and a conducive learning environment brimming with the next generation of great minds that sets the Institute apart from its competitors.The ICT is held in high esteem by other premier institutes, industry and government for many of its unique characteristics and achievements. All of them deem that ICT is different; distinctly different; incredibly different! They wonder how a small university department, with poor funding has managed to excel and that too without any public glareorpublicity? The magic mantra for our success is a concoction ofdedicated faculty, meritorious students, admirable support staff, distinguished alumni, strong connectivity with industry, and assistance to all needy students, a grand alumni association and above all relevance of our courses in wealth creation.It is unsurprising thus thatthe Institute of Chemical Technology is ranked as the best chemical engineering and chemical technology teaching and research institute in India and now stands at number 4 in the world in an annual ranking of chemical engineering programs conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA in January, 2012.Different authorities have duly recognized ourspectacular performance over the years. The P. Rama Rao Committee appointed by the AICTE as well as the P. Rama Rao IIT Review Committee has recognized the ICT as the best post-graduate technical educational centre in India. The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, after surveying a large number of industries in the country, identified the ICT as the best on the basis of its contribution to the development of chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The Directorate of Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, has awarded Grade ‘A+’ to the Institute. The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) of the AICTE has accredited all Bachelors and Masters Courses taught by us in February 2008. ACCOLADES AND RECOGNITIONS GALORE
- Based on its stellar performance and national and international accolades, the ICT is declared as Elite Institute and Centre of Excellence by Government of Maharashtra on 20th April 2012 in the State Assembly, on par with national institutes of importance such as IITs, IISc and IISERs.
- The MHRD had evaluated all deemed universities in 2009 and granted “A” grade only to 38 universities among 135. The ICT is rated with “A” grade. It is the only one among 4 in Maharashtra State, the other 3 being centrally funded TIFR, TISS and CIFE.
- The ICT has also been rated as Number One Institute by National Project Implementation Unit (A Govt. of India Unit for World Bank Assisted Project for Technical education) in its study on ‘Impact Evaluation of Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP – I)’ among 127 World Bank’s TEQIP funded Institutes, all over India published in October, 2010. Now TEQIP-II has begun and we are once again the leader. The second phase of TEQIP has begun with several innovative concepts and the ICT has been granted a Centre of Excellence in Process Intensification for Process Industries. The ICT is identified as the lead institute and will mentor some others.
- Biospectrum magazine in August 2011 and 2013 has also rated ICT’s programme as Number One among all biotechnology programmes in the country two years in succession.
- A survey was published by Professor Jude Sommerfeld of Georgia Tech., USA in January 2012 showing that the ICT is Number One Institute in India far ahead of several others including IITs, and it is also number 4 in the world in Chemical Engineering. This rank has been maintained since 1970s.
- The UGC decided to recognize faculty who has supervised as single guides at least 15 PhDs, of which at least 5 should be during last 5 years . The ICT has a record of 13faculty who qualified for special grants. The Vice Chancellor Professor G. D. Yadav is the topmost among all academics with supervision of 72PhDs. and 68 Masters degree holders. He is the only serving faculty in the State to be a Fellow of the TWAS- the Academy of the Developing World, Trieste, Italy, including Fellowship of INSA.. He was recently invited by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, to be Fellow for his truly outstanding contributions to chemical sciences and particularly as Vice Chancellor and R.T.Mody Distinguished Professor for promotion of ICT.
- Indeed, the ICT, with a meagre budget, is number one in terms of publications and citations per faculty in the country and in world as well. 8.All admissions are on basis of merit and as per government policy in place as regards reservations. No Ph D candidate is admitted without fellowship (JRF:Rs 14000 p.m. (Non-GATE+ 30% HRA) and Rs. 16000 (GATE) plus 30% HRA. There were 710 Ph D students and 451 Masters students on the roll during 2013-14, which is a record for a monolithic institute on a campus of 16 acres. Besides, UGC-SBR (SAP) Fellowship: 380, UGC-Single Girl Child Fellowship:6, DST-INSPIRE Ph D Fellowships:
- The UGC has sanctioned 431 SBR Ph D. fellowships during 2013-14, which itself is a record. The ICT also published 586 research papers during 2012-13, which is again a record for faculty strength of 75.
- There are 340 UG scholarship including merit-cum-means scholarships which range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1,00,000 per student per annum which have been created through endowments, donations, trusts, philanthropists and industries.
- The UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) helps the ICT in several activities and have the strongest connectivity with the ICT. UAA has been helping the students in many of their programmes, including interest-free loans.
- The First Convocation of the ICT was held on March 6, 2012 which was addressed by Hon.’ble Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Hon.’ble Shri Rajesh Tope, Minister for Higher and Technical Education, and Padma Bhushan, Dr R.A. Mashelkar, Chancellor of ICT. It was a grand function witnessed by over 1500 persons including distinguished alumni, parents of graduating students, past directors, past presidents of UAA, well wishers, and industrialists and a galaxy of achievers, The Second Convocation was addressed by Shri MukeshAmbani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Ltd, and also one of our most Distinguished Alumni and Superstars on 15th March, 2013. Shri Rajesh Tope was the Guest of Honour. The third Convocation was held on 8th March 2014 for which Bharat Ratna Professor C.N. R. Rao was the Chief Guest.This was a unique function when the honorary D. Sc. Were conferred upon Professor C.N.R. Rao and Professor M.M. Sharma, former Director, ICT. This was also a unique function. Our Chancellor Dr R.A. Mashelkar was bestowed with Padma Vibhushan and former Director Professor J.B. Joshi Padma Bhushan by the President of India on the occasion of Republic Day, 26th January, 2014. So the Convocation witnessed felicitation of Bharat Ratna Professor C.N. R. Rao, Padma Vibhushan Dr R.A. Mashelkar, PadmaBhushan Dr J.B. Joshi at the hands of Padma Vibhushan Professor M.M. Sharma.
- The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function of 80th Year of Foundation of the ICT which had begun on 1st October, 2013 along with the inauguration of the CHECON-2013 on the campus of the ICT. 12. The UGC has started a unique scheme called Faculty Recharge under which 6 positions have been sanctioned during 2012-13 who will receive salaries and benefits like central university faculty. This is again a great achievement. Four INSPIRE fellows of DST have been working on the campus.
- A large number of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) have been signed for academic and research collaboration with foreign and Indian universities, Indian and foreign industries. Purdue University, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia, University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, Western University, Canada, RMIT, Australia, Bradford University, UK, GEMS, France, are a few foreign universities. The CSIR laboratories- CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) Dehradun, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur, National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune, Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar, IIT-Bombay, Department of Atomic Energy’s HomiBhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and College of Engineering Pune (COEP) are some of them.
Quality of Faculty
Except three, all members of faculty have doctoral degrees to their credit; several of them have been trained abroad in prestigious institutes after their Ph.D.s, and almost all of them are engaged in research. Over 80% of faculties have been active consultants to industry. Those without Ph.D. are also registered for Ph.D.s. The faculty is highly accomplished, with multi-disciplinary interests and decorated with national and international awards and honours, having live connections with industry. These include: Padma awards of Government of India, Fellowship Royal Society, London, Fellowship of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, Foreign Associateship of US National Academy of Engineering, Fellowship of TWAS- The Academy of the Developing World, Trieste, Jagdish Chandra Bose National Fellowship, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, S.S. Bhatnagar Prizes of CSIR, Young Scientist medals of the Indian National Science Academy, Fellowship of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Fellowships of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Fellowship of National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI), Fellowship of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Young Engineer award of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Gold Medal of the Society of Dyers & Colourists, UK, etc. Currently three faculty members of Chemical Engineering are fellows of INSA, which is a unique distinction in the country. The honour of rejuvenating and heading the IIChE in 2001 came to the author when a record number of 51 national awards were created through endowments. All major awards of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers – Hindustan Lever Award, Herdillia Award, HL Roy Founders Lecturers, several Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Awards, Amar Dyechem Award, A.V. Ramarao Best Ph.D. thesis award, and awards and honours from other professional bodies have been bestowed on the ICT faculty. The Home Paper/Design project awards for chemical engineering have been bagged consistently since 1972 every year except one and it could be a record.
Prof. M.M. Sharma, an alumnus and former Director of ICT, was awarded Padma Vibhushan by the President of Indian in 2001, having already decorated with Padma Bhushan in 1987; he was the only serving faculty in Mumbai University then to be so honoured for his work in the ICT and services to the profession. He also happened to be the second engineer from India, and first chemical engineer, to be elected to the prestigious fellowship of Royal Society. He is the Chairman of Empowered Committee of MHRD to support higher education, and also the Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT-Madras. Another record was created when the Chairman of our Board of Governors and the highly accomplished Dr R.A. Mashelkar was elected to this fellowship. Dr Mashelkar’sPh D in chemical engineering is from the ICT and he is a public figure.He is currently the Chancellor of the ICT.
Our faculty and alumni have been presidents of several esteemed professional bodies such as Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, Oil Technologists Association, Colour Society; some of the regional centres of such bodies have been functioning from the premises of our institute.
Culture of Ph.D.s
The first ever Ph.D. degree in Engineering andTechnology stream in India was awarded by the ICT in 1941; it was Dr Kudwa, a chemical engineer, who specialized in Polymers and Paints and was a revered paint technologist. Since then there is a continuous flow of doctorates and the UGC used to grant us 19 Ph D (Tech) fellowships per year up to 2005-06. During 1990s, the number of Ph Ds produced increased to about 40 per year. For several years the output of doctorates from the ICT remained about 55 per year. However, during 2009-10, exactly 100 Ph.D.s were produced, which is the highest in the country in Chemical Science, Engineering and Technology. During 2012-13, 633full-time Ph D students with fellowships and 407 Master’s students were on the roll. This will certainly place ICT in an enviable position as a research institute, with production of at least 150 Ph Ds per year.
It has been our policy now that no PG or Ph D student will be admitted without fellowship. This has been possible due to the award of meritorious fellowships under UGC-SAP, various Centres, individual research grants, industrial projects and endowments. Meritorious fellowships are accorded to all UGC- SAP departments as well as non-SAP department every year, which range from 5-20 fellowships per SAP department, depending on their track record of research. The ICT has received 340 such fellowships from the UGC during 2013-14. This is again a record. There are 15 faculty members who have produced more than 15 Ph Ds and 6 of them have produced more than 30 and one more than 75.
We are pro-active and would like to attract talented students and teachers from various engineering colleges for the Ph.D. programmes under the UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering. The AICTE has now identified us for QIP for teachers. India needs a lot of Ph Ds in engineering and technology to remain at the forefront to be a developed nation; ICT’s role is therefore of grandeur. Several colleges with teachers without Ph.D. will be detrimental for future of education. So, if you fall into this teacher’s category, ICT should be on your radar. Further, those of you who fall into the category of ‘Single Child–Girl, there is a scheme of super-numerary Ph.D. fellowships in all our UGC-SAP departments. The UGC has also introduced Rajiv Gandhi Fellowships for SC/ST, and Minority Students Fellowships. These fellowships amount to Rs 14,000/- p.m. for non-GATE and Rs. 18,000/- p.m.+30% HRA for GATE qualified students by all Govt agencies. There are DST-INSPIRE fellowships to first rankers in all branches of science and engineering for conducting doctoral research (www.dst.gov.in). Those who are desirous of post-doctoral fellowship should apply for the D.S. Kothari Fellowships of the UGC (www.ugc.ac.in). More information could be gathered from the UGC website. We have alsoestablishedPidilite-Professor Man Mohan Sharma Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship in Chemical Engineering, with a fellowship of Rs 30,000/- p.m. This is the highest fellowship offered anywhere in India. There are also schemes by both UGC and DST to offer fellowships to women scientists who have taken a break in their careers. We have attracted a few such candidates including DST’s Fast Track Fellowships.
Centres of Excellence and Courses
Upon achieving the Deemed University status, we have revised all our course curricula; a system of continuous evaluation with 60% of marks during the semester and 40% at the final examination has been adopted with CGPA; the repeat final examinationis held within a month. There are tutorials for both UG and PG students.
All Ph.D. students with fellowships are mandatorily required to assist teachers in running labs, tutorials and grading of tests. Course work has been introduced at Ph.D. level. We offer 24 different programmes. A large number of Ph.D. (Science) students also are supervised by faculty chemical engineering and chemical technology, in inter-disciplinary areas. If you are seeking admissions for a higher degree, you would be interested in knowing, if there are fellowships and facilities created in the institute to generate advanced knowledge.
The ICT functions through 11 full-fledged departments and several centres of excellence, which have a long track record of running quality courses at Master’s and Doctoral level:
1. Department of Chemical Engineering (1933)
2. Department of Dyestuff Technology (1944)
3. Department of Fibres and Textiles Processing Technology (1933)
4. Department of Food Engineering and Technology (1943)
5. Department of Oils, Oleochemicalsand Surfactants Technology (1943)
6. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (1943)
7. Department of Polymer and Surface Engineering (1946) (Department of Polymer Engineering and Technology and Department of Surface Coating Technology were merged into one in March 2009)
8. Department of Chemistry (1952)
9. Department of Physics (1966)
10. Department of Mathematics (1966)
11. Department of General Engineering (1952)
Every major department of the ICT is recognized by the UGC under its Special Assistance Programmes (SAP) such as COSIST, DRS, DSA and Centre of Advanced Studies (CAS), which are as follows:
1. CAS in Physico-Chemical Aspects in Textiles, Fibres, Dyes, and Polymers (since 1963, currently in Phase VII)
2. CAS in Chemical Engineering (since 1990, currently in Phase IV)
3. Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering (since 2008)
4. CAS in Food Engineering and Technology (since 2008)
5. CAS in Pharmaceuticals Sciences and Technology (since 2009)
6. DRS for Department of Chemistry (2009)
The Department of Oils, Oleochemicals and Surfactants Technology is recognised as a non-SAP department with 2 Ph D fellowships per year.
Under the University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) programme of the UGC, the University of Mumbaihad received support for establishment of Centre for Green Technology at the Kalina campus, which was mainly based on ICT’s contributions and this Centre is now run in a joint collaboration.
Centres of Excellence were established in Energy Engineering due to the initiative of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), with a specific mandate in view of the expertise and accomplishment of the ICT.
1. DAE-ICT Centre for Knowledge Based Engineering (CKBE) (2002)
2. DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Bio-sciences (2007)
3. ICT-DAE Centre for Chemical Engineering Education and Research (Both BARC and IGCAR, 2008)
4. Centre of Excellence in Process Intensification for Process Industries (TEQIP-II, April 2013)
Indeed, the ICT has earned maximum number of collaborative projects with DAE establishments and the DAE acknowledges ICT’s contribution to solving real problems, which cover (a)Chemical Engineering, (b) Process Technology, (c) Bio-technology, and (d) Materials Technology. Provision for an intake of 20 Ph.D. fellowships per year is an important feature of this Centre. There is a frequent exchange of scientists and students, leading to mutual benefit. A new building housing academic and energy engineeringis planned and its construction will start soon to accommodate the state-of-the arthigh-end material characterization and instrumental laboratories, lecture and seminar halls, CAD–CAM laboratory and Computer Centre, research laboratories, pilot scale equipment, testing facility and services for the laboratories. We have also signed an MOU with the HomiBhabha National Institute (HBNI), which is a DAE’s deemed university, for academic and research collaboration.
The ICT’s innovative work in the area of bio fuels and downstream processing, leading to commercialization, has been highly appreciated by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), to establish the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, with induction of several faculties in bio area and Ph.D. fellowships. The modernized building and advanced equipment are a main source of attraction for visitors from abroad and industry. Very recently an MOU was signed with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) to foster collaboration among faculty, provide opportunities for students, scientists to gain global experience and to facilitate the advancement of knowledge on the basis of reciprocity.
Under the Funding for Infrastructure in Science and Technology (FIST) programme of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India, we have received infrastructural support, to build advanced instrumental facilities in Departments of Chemical Engineering (Phase-I and Phase-II), Fibres & Textile Processing Technology (Phase-I),Food Engineering and Technology (Phase-I), Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (Phase-I), Polymer and Surface Engineering (Phase-I).
The DST’s PURSE programme had reviewed the research contributions of all universities in India and declared University of Mumbai as one of top universities; the contributions of ICT were overwhelming in research and we have received grant under this programme which will be utilized for renovation of library, e-library and creation databases useful for research and for benefit of chemical and allied industries. Grants have also been received from the AICTE under their various grants-in-aid schemes to remove obsolescence and promote research.
Over the years, because of the above mentioned programmes or schemes, which are highly competitive in nature, our laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art instruments. Some of the sophisticated equipment which have been acquired and used continuously are:GC-MS, LC-MS, SEM, TEM, AFM, IC, FTIR, HP-TLC, HPLC, GC, XRD, DSC, DTA/TGA, AAS, Laser-Doppler anemometer,, image analysers, pore and particle size analyzers, computer workstations, and many others. Advanced instrumental facilities have been created under industry sponsored projects as well. These instruments are operated by research students themselves, giving them a hands-on-training; this practice is greatly appreciated by the funding agencies and industries where they get employment.
All our UG students have to undergo a six-week in-plant training at the end of the third year in a manufacturing facility, for which handsome stipend is offered by the industry. The value of research at UG level is also recognized and every SAP department can accommodate a few second year students as summer research fellows. Several students from other institutes are also accommodated by individual departments including the Summer Fellowship programme of national academies of sciences, operated by the Indian Academy Sciences, Bangalore under the Fellows tutelage.
Culture of Endowments
Right from the foundation of the ICT in 1933, several endowments have been created, through munificent donations by philanthropists, industrials houses and alumni, for supporting maintenance of faculty positions, welfare of support staff, fellowships, visiting faculty, infrastructure, domestic and foreign travel, research, library, scholarships, infrastructure, gardens and emergency services. This is an outstanding attribute of the ICT.There are now 45 visiting faculty/fellowship endowments which have helped us immensely in attracting the best professionals to the Institute from all over the world. Visiting faculty interactwith UG and PG students, faculty and alumni. The honoraria range from Rs. 5000 to 1.25 lakhs for a period of one day to 15 days. Some eminent faculty from institutes such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Twente, Groningen University, Monash University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Santa Barbara, National University of Singapore, Montreal, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Alberta, RMIT Australia, IIT-Chicago, Cambridge University, University of Manchester, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras, National Chemical Laboratory, have taught UG and PG courses in ICT under the aegis of these endowments. These lectures form part of audit and credit courses for research students. Besides, public lectures are organized under each endowment.
Collaborations with Other Institutes and Industries
The ICT has been held in high esteem by both Indian and foreign universities and institutes. A large number of Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) have been signed to have faculty and student exchange, research programmes and joint projects and symposia. We have signed MOUs with IIT-Bombay, VJTI Mumbai,
MOUs with Indian Academia and Industries
|1. Akzo Nobel India Ltd. (ANIL)
||21. Indian Oil Corporation
|2. Bio-Rad Laboratories India Pvt. Ltd.
||22. M/s Sanzyme Limited (Formerly Uni-Sankyo Limited)
|3. Cellworks Research India Pvt. Lt.
||23. Marico Industries Ltd
|4. Coca Cola Ltd.
||24. Mitsubishi, Japan
|5. College of Engineering, Pune
||25. Neurosci Inc. USA
|6. CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI)
|7. CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar
||27. Pepsi, USA
|8. CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad
||28. Pfizer Ltd
|9. CSIR- Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun
||29. Phoenix Pharmaceuticals USA (3 Projects)
|10. CSIR- National Chemical Laboratory, Pune
||30. Privi Organics Pvt.
|11. CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur
||31. Queensland University of Technology, Australia
|12. Dow Chemicals, USA
||32. RCF Ltd
|13. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer HealthCare Ltd., Gurgaon
||33. Reliance Industries Ltd
|14. Healers Neutraceuticals India
||34. SaifeVetmedPvt. Ltd.
|15. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd
||35. Shivaji University, Kolhapur
|16. HomiBhabha National Institute, Mumbai
||36. Sun Pharmaceuticals
|17. Huntsman, USA
||37. Tata Chemicals Ltd
||38. Tata Steel Ltd
|19. India Glycol Ltd
||39. Trilok Food India
|20. India Glycols Ltd. Uttarakhand
||40. Triple Pee Solution Pvt. Ltd
||41. Unilever Industries Pvt. Ltd.
||42. VJTI, Mumbai
||43. Wockhardt Ltd
||44. Wool Research Association, Thane
||45. Yokogowa, Middle East
MOUs with Foreign Academia
|1. AIST, Sendai, Japan
||13. TUHH, Hamburg, Germany
|2. British Council Division, India British High Commission
||14. U of Birmingham, UK (since 1999)
|3. Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (TIDI), Ethiopia
||15. U of British Columbia, Canada
|4. GEMS France
||16. U of Cape Town, South Africa (1996-2002)
|5. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
||17. U of Groningen, The Netherlands (1997-2000)
|6. IIT-Chicago, USA
||18. University of Aberty Dundee, Scotland, UK
|7. Indiana University, USA
||19. University of Bradford, UK
|8. INPT, Toulouse, France
||20. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
|9. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
||21. University of Kansas
|10. Purdue University (since 2000)
||22. University of Nottingham
|11. Queensland University of Technology, Australia
||23. University of Saskatchewan U, Canada
|12. RMIT U Australia
||24. University of Turin, Italy
||25. University of West Hungary, Hungary
||26. US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Maryland, USA
Affordability of Education and Financial Assistance
If you still haven’t been convinced about joining this elite institute, not knowing what future it unfolds or you did not hear about us in today’s publicity-hungry institutes which proclaim greatness, our proponents are our alumni and their employers who quietly promote our reputation. It has been more through the ‘word-of-mouth’ that our uniqueness is spread in student community. You might surely be wondering about extraneous factors such as cost of education and living facilities, among others. After all, how can such a world-class education be affordable? Some of you might be wondering about job opportunities once you have completed your education. Some might hold aspirations of joining prestigious institutions abroad to further their education. Many of you might even be considering joining the ICT as post-graduate students. Those of you who are not residents of Mumbai might feel intimidated by the prospects of living in this megacity. Then there might be some who are wondering about the affordability of educational resources such as textbooks, technical publications, handbooks and other materials. What about the campus culture?
With regards to affordability of education, the Institute offers the best value for education in the nation. It is the cheaper than nearly all other engineering colleges in Mumbai and this is a remarkable fact given the high quality of the education that we offer. The fees are decided by the State Government and are the lowest for the quality of education and facilities provided by us. There are now 277 scholarships for UG students, ranging from Rs. 3000/- to 75000/- per student.A few scholarships take care of all fees, lodging and boarding. A large reason for this is the generosity of the Institute’s huge and accomplished alumni body that includes some of India’s leading industrialists, entrepreneurs and businessmen. Their donations have helped create several merit- and need-based scholarships that have helped fulfill the dreams of many students. A few alumni are mentoring some students, not only with monitory support but also continuous monitoring. This number is ever growing. It is my personal desire that every student joining the institute should get some assistance. I am sure our students will in an enviable position in near future. In fact, many of our faculty members hold endowed chairs that have been solely instituted by the largesse of our alumni, philanthropists and industries. You may not believe a few great souls have bequeathed their property to the institute. Additionally, the high impact and original research being conducted in our laboratories has attracted the interest of many industries, funding bodies and government agencies, and research groups have been duly awarded with sizable funds for attracting talented young researchers and graduate students and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment. This has helped the Institute offer full merit- and need-based scholarships even at the post-graduate level and has greatly aided in keeping education costs at low levels. Once you become our student, sky is the limit for your goals; we have never shirked in our commitment to help students, who need assistance of any kind. This tradition has evolved over the years through the selfless services of our faculty and alumni. No other institution in the nation matches the Institute of Chemical Technology in offering scholarships. Almost 52% students admitted to the ICT are on freeships in tuition fees as per government norms. It has been our endeavour to provide assistance to all needy students. Once you become our student, we will help you. Our minimum expectation from you will be a clear pass, a desire to study and sincere efforts to overcome barriers. Where else will you find such a caring atmosphere the students? Many of alumni will vouch for my statement. It is not a mere rhetoric.
Training and Placement
There is no chemical and allied industry in the country that does not employ graduates of the ICT. Alumni are at the helm of affairs of large number of renowned chemical industries. A placement cell is now launched with the participation of the UDCT Alumni Association (UAA) to assist campus placement which begins in the month of July, and continues throughout the year, before the students graduate. The Institute’s graduates are highly-sought afterby the Indian and global chemical industry and their salaries rank among the highest in the country, even dwarfing the salaries of graduates of the premier branded institutes; placements achieved via campus interviews fetch emoluments ranging from Rs. 3.50 to Rs 14.00 lakhs per annum. What is most striking is that these placements are in hard-core industries relevant to the students training and education, and not in the software industry, which has been a major source for employment for graduates of some of the best institutes in India. With regards to post-graduate research opportunities, a good number of our students are offered admission by some of the world’s best universities to pursue graduate studies. The Institute is one of the few institutions in Asia that is regularly represented in the graduate student bodies of prestigious institutes such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley,Caltech, UCSB, Princeton, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Texas, Carnegie Mellon University, Purdue University, University of Massachusetts, Cambridge University, Imperial College, Manchester University,TwenteUniversity, Monash University, to name a few. All of them receive full financial support. Several universities write to us to recommend good students. Leading foreign universities have signed MOUs for student exchange through proper support for the exchange.This would not have been without the merit of the students, and reputation of faculty and institute. On an average, about 75 students from various degree programmes get such fellowships. Quite a few Ph.D. holders go abroad for post-doctoral studies in reputed institutes; this is directly linked to the quality of research produced and personal standing of the faculty in international community.
Library and Internet
The Professor M.M. Sharma Library is a treasure house of books, leading journals, encyclopaedias, reports, theses, abstracts, reference books, microfilms, guides, text-books, and rare volumes, not found in most of the libraries in the country. Except four public holidays in a year, the library is always open for 12 hours on all working days and for 7 hours on public holidays. Several readers including industrialists are frequent visitors to the library and some of them have organizational membership. Although we have adequate intranet and internet facilities (both LAN and wi-fi) in the Information Processing Centre (IPC), we haverecently undertaken a massive revamping exercise to enhance bandwidth and accessibility. The students have been provided with smart i.d. cards. to access library facilities. The INFLIBNET, DELNET,and INDESTconsortia memberships are also accorded to our library, having access to the latest publications. Plans are afoot to renovate the library buildingaesthetically andprovide faster e-accessibility for readers. In the IPC, as well as, in all UG and PG labs, we have provided computers with relevant software, numbering over 700. The entire campus is now wired and security surveillance is in place.
Distinguished Alumni and First Generation Entrepreneurs
The ICT has been cited as a role model for industry-institute-government relationship. Several first generation entrepreneurs in chemical and allied industries, numbering over 500 are the alumni of the institute. They have pioneered in setting up of many chemical industries in and around Mumbai and in Western India. A galaxy of world-renowned scientists, academics and industrialists including fortune-500 personalities –who’s who- have been our alumni and some of these luminaries are our pride and proponents of the legacy:
|1. Dr. A.V. Rama Rao (Director, IICT, Hyderabad and Chairman, AVRA Labs),
||22. Shri. J.R. Vyas (CMD, Dishman Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals).
|2. Dr. B.D. Tilak ( Director, NCL, Pune)
||23. Shri. J.R.Shah (Former President, Plastindia Foundation; Chairman, Jayvee Organics and Polymers)
|3. Dr. Dinesh Patel (Chairman, Themis Pharmaceuticals)
||24. Shri. Kishore V. Mariwala (Bombay Oil Industries, Marico Industries, Former President, ICMA/ICC)
|4. Dr. Haren Gandhi (Ford Fellow, Member US NAE and President’s Medal, AIChE Top 100 of Century Awardee),
||25. Shri. Madhukar B. Parekh (Managing Director, Pidilite Industries)
|5. Dr. HomiSethna (Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission)
||26. Shri. Manubhai Shah (Minister for Commerce in PanditNahru’s Cabinet in 1950s),
|6. Dr. John Kapoor (Industrialist and John Kapoor Foundation, USA)
||27. Shri. Mukesh D. Ambani (CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd),
|7. Dr. K. Anji Reddy (Chairman, Dr Reddy’s Laboratory Ltd),
||28. Shri. Narendra Parekh (Chairman, Pidilite Industries)
|8. Dr. K.H. Gharda (Gharda Chemicals),
||29. Shri. NarotamSekhsaria (Founder & Managing Director, Gujarat Ambuja Cement Ltd; Sekhsaria Chemicals)
|9. Dr. NityaAnand (Director, CDRI, Lucknow),
||30. Shri. Nikhil R. Meswani (Tech. Director, Reliance Industries Ltd)
|10. Dr. R.A. Mashelkar (Chemical Engineering; FRS, Director General, CSIR; President INSA)
||31. Shri. Parimal Desai (Managing Director, Aarti Healthcare Ltd)
|11. Prof. J.B. Joshi, former Director, ICT
||32. Shri. Prakash Kamat (Managing Director, Fine Organics Ltd)
|12. Prof. Arun S. Mujumdar (McGill University; National University Singapore)
||33. Shri. Prakash Patil (Managing Director, Aarti Drugs Ltd)
|13. Prof. ArvindKudchadker (Former Deputy Director, IIT-Bombay)
||34. Shri. Rajendra V. Gogri (Managing Director; Aarti Industries and Group of Companies)
|14. Prof. D. Ramkrishna (Distinguished Professor, Purdue University; Member US NAE),
||35. Shri. S.M. Mokashi (Managing Director, Xytel India)
|15. Prof. M.M. Sharma (FRS, Director, ICT and President, INSA,)
||36. Shri. U. Shekhar and Shri SudhirPatil (Galaxy Surfactants Ltd)
|16. Prof. N.R. Kamath (Former Deputy Director, IIT-Bombay)
||37. Shri. V.G. Rajadhyaksha (Chairman, Hindustan Lever Ltd),
|17. Prof. R. Krishna (Director, IIP, Dehradun and Distinguished Professor, University of Amsterdam),
||38. Shri. Vijay B. Samant (CEO and President, Vical Inc. USA)
|18. Shri. Ashwin S. Dani (Vice Chairman and MD, Asian Paints Ltd),
||39. Shri. Yogesh M. Kothari (CMD, Alkyl Amines Chemicals Ltd)
|19. Shri. C. J. Bhumkar (Chairman, Soujanya Chemicals)
|20. Shri. Chandrakant V. Gogri (Chairman, Aarti Industries and Aarti Group of Companies)
|21. Shri. D.M. Trivedi (Famous Textile Technologist)
This list is partial and there are many more who have added to our reputation. Several of our alumni have come from abject poverty, with limited resources, born of illiterate or semi-literate parents, and having studied in vernacular media; they have excelled themselves in life, attained positions of prominence and made us proud by their stellar achievements. Many have created unprecedented value for their companies through their ingenuity and hard work, and some of our alumni are famous CEOs or managing directors of the nation’s and world’s mega companies and organizations. The reputation of the Institute of Chemical Technology and its graduates is unparalleled in India and abroad and it is not all that surprising to find that our alumni body boasts several Padma awardees (Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padmashri) in its ranks.
On an average, until 1980s, 20-30% of graduates from every class have started their own industries as SME or MMEs; consultancy and design companies. Most of them did not have any family background in business and have literally created empires out of nothing. The ICT has continued to be an oasis of generating new knowledge and creating wealth. In order to sustain the entrepreneurship culture, a part-time 3-semester certificate course in Chemical Technology Management for Ph.D. students was started in 2001 with the participation and support of the UDCT Alumni Association; it has been converted into a 2-year Diploma course from January 2010. Indeed, we have also established an Entrepreneurship Development Cell very recently.
The UDCT Alumni Association
The UDCT Alumni Association (UAA), founded in 1989, with a current membership of over 5000, not only has past students as members but also several others who are our well wishers, without being formal graduates. Some alumni chose to come to us due to the influence of acquaintances and hearing their success stories, whereas some have landed by a passion to do a course offered by us. Once they become our students, we take care of them by standing with them in times of thick and thin. They have reciprocated to the institute in ample measures. The alumni are one of our greatest strengths. Without their support, love and affection for the institute, the ICT would not have been where it is today. When the alumni of different vintage meet for the first time and come to know they are UDCT alumni, a very affectionate bond is developed instantaneously. The older they grow, the more eager they are to visit the campus and peep through the classrooms and sit on the benches where they sat and had their moorings. They reminisce and enjoy; some have eyes in their tears in gratitude. You have to be aUDCTian or ICTian to unravel the power of my thought. Some visit the hostels to have nostalgic memories of the mess food and the rooms where they dwelled; some bring their families and meet ‘old’ professors to catch with time. Some have changed their attires and accents, look prosperous and happy, whereas some are the same simpletons still fearing the grades they would perhaps get! Let me assure, the value of being an alumnus of this great institute is beyond description. Our class reunions of decades, two decades, silver jubilee, golden jubilee during the month of December is a chance to meet and have fun and frolic. You have to be an alumnus to witness such a great camaraderie. In fact, many current students have sought admission to the institute due to advice of our alumni. All current students can enroll into the membership to carry on the legacy. The UAA has been our constant source of help and inspiration. Financial assistance provided by the UAA in training, placement, factory visits, scholarships, prizes, field trips, sports, intercollegiate festivals and social service is beyond words.
The UAA has now completed its Silver Jubilee and grand function is arranged on 11th May 2014 to coincide with the National Technology Day.
Splendour and Serenity of Campus
The campus is located in one of the best, quietest, and beautiful neighbourhoods of Mumbai and is in the vicinity of some other prestigious Mumbai schools and institutions. Living in Mumbai is an unforgettable experience and the very fact that it is considered one of the most vibrant cities in the world is testament to this. No city this large is as safe and hospitable. The hostels of the Institute are among the best equipped in the nation and students have access to computing, internet, television and laundry facilities. The Institute has hostels for boys, girls as well as post-graduate students. In addition, we believe that a healthy body is essential for a fertile mind and our campus also boasts of several athletics facilities. A few courses/workshops are conducted for the benefit of the students like yoga, stress management, time management, interpersonal skills, communication skills, presentation skills and interview skills. The Bombay Technologist is an annual technical journal of the Technological Association, started in 1951. The journal publishes technical articles written by the students and the faculty of the Institute. The Institute publishes in-house student magazine, ‘The Spirit’, in which students contribute on non-technical topics. Dr. B.P. Godrej Students’ Centre provides facilities for indoor games. The necessary sports materials as well as music instruments for cultural activities are provided.
The vibrancy of Mumbai rubs onto our students and the cultural events on campus that are organized and coordinated entirely by our students have become local attractions. Our faculty members strongly encourage our students to think creatively and one of the requirements for creative thinking is the ability to express oneself creatively, be it in the classroom, on the playfield or on the stage.
The entire campus will be given a face lift in near future to reflect ICT’s world-class status. Construction of a new faculty tower, academic and energy engineering block has just begun. A new ladies hostel will also be built. Classrooms, lecture halls and offices are being renovated. To make effective use of the infrastructure, a staggered time table for classes and laboratories will be implemented. A concept of eco-campus incorporating use of solar powered lights and air-conditioning, biogas generation, treatment and reuse of gray water, rain-water harvesting, and LED lighting is being worked out to minimize water and energy usage. If you had visited a year earlier, you would see that the campus has undergone a sea-change.
Is the Future as Bright?
Reaching the zenith is one part of story but remaining there without being complacent is the most difficult part and challenging. Unless we innovate in all aspects of academic, research, administrative and industrial activities, we will not be able to make a dent in future. Technology is a capital and ICT has been fully geared to develop new technology in its sphere of activities to sustain the growth and glitter. You could be part of this process.
I would like to give a glimpse of some the plans which we have made. Thus frontiers of research where we have now focused are:
- Biotechnology & biomedicine
- Nanotechnology and materials science
- Energy science and engineering
- Process systems engineering
- Green chemistry and engineering
- Environmental protection and Hazardous waste management
- Product Engineering
Under the aegis of these areas, our research will focus on:
- Developing greener chemical processing platforms producing a much wider range of products; green technology; product engineering.
- Developing technologies for generating, storing and transporting unlimited and inexpensive energy sources; energy engineering
- Developing therapy strategies for incurable diseases; pharma and healthcare.
- Designing better materials whose properties can be predicted, tailored and tuned; materials engineering; nanotechnology
Plans for future expansion have been made for creation of centres of excellence::
- Entrepreneurship resource centre
- Interactive student services portal
- Centre for Undergraduate Research In Engineering (CURIE)
- Centre for Process Intensification and Innovation
- Centre for Product Engineering
- Centre for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention
- Technology Incubation Centre
- Technology Transfer Cell
- Creation of Visiting Professorships endowments
- Distinguished Adjunct Professors
- Group consultations: Adoption of sick industries.
- Increasing international collaborations (Joint projects with leading institutes (Joint degrees , UG exchange, PG exchange)
- Creation of institute professorships
The new courses started in 2010-11were M. Sc. (Chemistry and Textile Processing) and M. Tech. in Green Technology (multi-disciplinary; 4-semester full time; extended 6-semester for industrial practitioners) and this year M.Sc (Physics-Materials) will be started.
I am sure by now you would have realized as to why the ICT is held in high esteem and its uniqueness and heritage among all institutes of higher learning in India. Great institutes are not built overnight. My experience as an academic, researcher, consultant to industry, member of several important professional bodies and government committees, and my interactions with alumni, government officials, faculty from leading institutes in India and abroad, have revealed a trend- that is- quality of education, the brand name of institute and future prospects, far outweigh any other consideration on the minds of students and employers alike, while choosing an institute, than the costof education. Indian parents sacrifice many things to educate their off-springs in the best of schools and colleges; many times not fully knowing about the institute or course. There is too much of peer pressure. The purpose of my writing this long prologue is thus to communicate with you directly and place statistics and standing of ICT before you, since several of your questions and doubts would not be answered by an impersonal compilation in this handbook.
If you get selected through our admission process, which is transparent and strictly on merit, with all government policies in place, my congratulations and best wishes to you. I hope I have convinced you, to join my institute. The opportunities that lie in store for you during your years with us and once you graduate will truly exponentiate. If you are unlucky this time because you fail short of the cut-off criteria,try again for master’s and Ph.D. programmes after your graduation. Should your destination be some other place for whatever compelling reasons, let me wish you the very best for all your future endeavours.Remember what I have written in some the beautiful posters in the institute.
The Rich.The Poor.The Marginal.The Privileged. The Underprivileged They studied here. They made it BIG.
Do not ask how to do. Do it. Underestimate NOT, who you could be. Think Big. Dream Big. Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.
The very best to you; wherever you go.