The primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built,The primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built by IITians, 11 are by Delhi IITians. In the past two years, we have also invested close to Rs 100 crore in revamping the experimental facilities for research at the campus.” To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among the faculty as well, India’s top-ranked engineering college has started a weekly initiative called Faculty Innovation and Research Entrepreneurship (FIRE), where faculty members who wish to turn their research work into a start-up can work on their projects, which would be funded by the institute. Be it faculty or students, IIT-Delhi attracts the best. Declared an Institute of Eminence by the Union human resource development ministry, it has set new goals for the future. The institute aims to develop a strong global outlook and aspires to be among the top 50 in the World University Rankings within the next decade. “We are pushing for internationalisation by recruiting more foreign faculty,” says Rao. “We want to recruit 100 foreign faculty members in the coming five years and have announced 500 PhD fellowships for foreign students.” For the first time in IIT-Delhi’s history, the institute is offering a joint PhD programme in collaboration with foreign universities. The international partners are the University of Queensland, Australia, and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University. advertisementIIT-Delhi has emerged as the country’s strongest provider of highly employable graduates, as per the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2018. To add to the new initiatives taken in the past couple of years, IIT-Delhi, traditionally known for offering only degree programmes, has now been approved to offer diploma courses to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology, keeping in tune with industry needs. Jashan Singh Suri, who is pursuing a dual degree in the department of biochemical engineering and biotechnology, says, “The campus is often visited by multinational companies from fields such as finance, business and consulting, giving students who wish to switch their careers from engineering an array of opportunities.” Another step has been the establishment of a new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART), with the institute spending up to Rs 20 crore initially. “We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehicles,” says Rao. One thing that both the students and the institute’s director vouch for is the overall personal development that one goes through at IIT-Delhi. “There is a competitive environment, freedom to pursue one’s chosen career path, well-established clubs as well as facilities for extracurricular and recreational activities, such as sports, music and dance,” says Suri. Rao adds, “There are students’ clubs that let them opt for diverse activities and nurture different aspects of their development. We have a strong alumni network (about 50,000) and many of them are connected with the students on campus.” Rao, however, rues land constraint at the institute. “IIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres. Being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. We have grown by 50 per cent in terms of students and faculty in the past seven years, so we have written to the housing and urban affairs ministry to grant us land in Delhi to come up with an extension campus,” informs Rao. Last year, IIT-Delhi set up its extension campus in Sonipat, housing three science and technology parks. Way to go! IIT-Delhi has collaborated with the University of Queensland, Australia, and National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, to offer joint PhD programmes Human touch: IIT -Bombay students at a workshop. (Photo: Danesh Jassawala)Rs 8.5 lakh is the tuition fee for the entire BTech/BE course; all special category students (SC+ST +PH ) and those having annual income less than Rs 1 lakh are fully exempted from this payment V. Ramgopal Rao Director, IIT-DelhiWhat sets IIT-Delhi apart?IIT-Delhi probably has the best ecosystem for entrepreneurship. Of the 21 unicorns by IITians, 11 are from IIT-Delhi.In the past two years, the institute has invested close to Rs 100 crore on revamping the experimental facilities for research.What new initiatives have been taken in the past three years?We have started the Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Project (FIRP) through which our faculty can work with the faculties of institutions in India or abroad. We have signed MoUs with the AIIMS, All India Institute of Ayurveda and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research even as discussions are on with some US universities.advertisementWe have also started the ‘Discover and Learn (1-2-3-4) Project’ in which students, in groups of four, work on research projects under the supervision of a faculty member. The projects are funded by the institute. Fifty such groups have already been formed.There’s the Platform for Harnessing Deep Technologies under which PhD students can turn their ideas into start-ups.On the curriculum front, IIT-Delhi has started offering diploma programmes to working professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.A new Centre for Automotive and Research Tribology (CART) has been established, with an initial expense of Rs 20 crore. We want to develop resources for industries in terms of vehicle technologies and components focused on electric vehiclesOne thing I want to improve in my instituteIIT-Delhi is spread across 300 acres, and being situated in south Delhi, we are a land-locked campus. The institute has grown by 50 per cent in terms of student and faculty strength in the past seven years. So we have written to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs to grant us land elsewhere in Delhi to be come up with an extension campus. Jashan Singh Suri, Dual Degree (BTech+MTech) in Department of Biochemical Engineering and BiotechnologyWhy I chose IIT-DelhiIIT-Delhi is the top engineering college in the country. Multinational companies from across fields, such as finance, business and consulting, visit the campus, offering an array of opportunities to students who wish to switch their career from engineering.What’s unique about campus life at IIT-Delhi?Being located in the heart of south Delhi, the campus is extremely accessible in terms of lodging and transportation. There are no restrictions for men and women. The students council and administration have ensured this independence to all students. The highly qualified and motivated faculty members mentor the students in a competitive environment.
For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITEDay two of the 2007 National Touch League saw many teams produce some exciting and skilful touch. In the Mens Open the Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions sit equally on top after a thrilling 7-all draw. The Mets started strongly, with the speed of both the players and ball beating the Scorpions. A quality dummy saw Scott Buckley open the scoring for the Mets, and they shot out to a 2-0 lead within minutes. Scorpions hit back through the fancy footwork and ball skills from brothers John and Maurice Kennedy to send Heath Cooper over the line. The skills from both sides continued as they traded touchdowns the Scorpions went to the break ahead 4-3. Buckley opened the second half much like the first, scoring on the first set. As the speed increased on the field, the intensity rose on the sidelines also, with a number of spectators gathering to watch the game. An injury to Mets’ Anthony Ziade midway through the half stopped play for several minutes, and on return the Mets hit the front when a Gary Sonda cut-out ball found Cameron Nicholls. Sonda pumped his fist with the result looking sealed at 7-6, but a penalty on the siren and an entertaining finish in the corner from Maurice Kennedy leveled the match at 7-all.The Barbarians have showed they are one of the lead contenders for the Womens Open title, after a dominant display in the second half over last years champions the Sharks. The match was locked at nil-all at the break, and the barbs came out firing, led by Australian World Cup Womens player Bo De La Cruz, who was on the receiving end of a Charli Simpkins ball to score and give Barbarians the lead. The Barbarians continued to play skillful and entertaining touch, much to the delight of the crowd, to extend to a 4-0 lead. The Sharks responded, but never looked like catching the Barbarians, who took the match 6-2.9amMens Open: Scorpions (10) def Eagles (6)Mens Open: Rustlers (7) def Barbarians (6)Mens Open: Rebels (9) def ACT (0)Mixed Open: Mets (11) def Rustlers (1)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) def Suns (3)Mens 20s: Mets (13) def Cyclones (7)9.50amMixed Open: Sharks (10) def Barbarians (3) Mixed Open: Cobras (10) def Cyclones (5)Mens 20s: ACT (4) def Sharks (1)Mens Open: Sharks (10) def Crusaders (1) Mens Open: Suns (14) def Hornets (2)Mens Open: Cobras (11) v Cyclones (4)Mixed Open: Hornets (5) v Scorpions (4)10.40amMens 20s: Cobras (10) def Crusaders (3)Mens 20s: Suns (7) def Hornets (4)Womens 20s: Cobras (17) def Crusaders (1)Womens Open: Suns (14) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (4) drew Cyclones (4)Womens Open: Crusaders (12) def Scorpions (3)11.30amWomens 20s: Rebels (4) def ACT (2)Womens 20s: Sharks (3) def Eagles (2)Womens 20s: Hornets (7) def Cyclones (1)Womens Open: Sharks (8) def Rebels (0)Womens Open: Barbarians (9) def Hornets (0)Womens Open: Cobras (9) def ACT (1)12.20pmMens Open: Mets (7) drew Scorpions (7)Mens Open: Eagles (6) def ACT (1)Mens Open: Barbarians (6) def Rebels (4)Womens 20s: Rustlers (6) def Mets (3)Mixed Open: Hornets (6) def Cobras (3)Mixed Open: Barbarians (8) def Suns (5)Mixed Open: Rebels (10) def Rustlers (8)1.10pmMens Open: Sharks (11)def Suns (7)Mens Open: Cobras (12) def Crusaders (3)Mens Open: Cyclones (6) def Hornets (4)Mixed Open: Mets (10) def Scorpions (5)Mixed Open: Sharks (10) def Cyclones (3)2.00pmWomens Open: Mets (5) def Suns (0)Womens Open: Crusaders (10) def Eagles (1)Womens Open: Cyclones (14) def Scorpions (0)Mens 20s: Cobras (8) def ACT (2)Mens 20s: Suns (15) def Crusaders (0)Mens 20s: Mets (9) def Hornets (2)2.50pmWomens Open: Barbarians (6) def Sharks (2)Womens Open: Cobras (9) def Rebels (0)Womens Open: ACT (8) def Hornets (1)Womens 20s: Cobras (8) def Suns (4) Womens 20s: Sharks (10) def Crusaders (0)Mens 20s: Rustlers (7) def Cyclones (4)3.40pmMixed Open: Mets (12) def Suns (6)Mixed Open: Sharks (11) def Rustlers (2)Mixed Open: Rebels (7) def Cobras (5)Womens 20s: Hornets (4) def Rebels (0)Womens 20s: Eagles (9) def Mets (2)Womens 20s: Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (4)4.30pmMens 20s: ACT (7) def Crusaders (2)Mens Open: Mets (15) def ACT (0)Mens Open: Rustlers (15) def Rebels (5)Mixed Open: Scorpions (13) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Hornets (14) def Cyclones (2)5.20pmWomens Open: Rustlers (12) def Scorpions (0)Womens Open: Mets (8) def Crusaders (1)Womens Open: Cyclones (5) drew Suns (5)Mens 20s: Suns (6) def Rustlers (4)Mens 20s: Sharks (6) def Hornets (3)Mens Open: Scorpions (9) Barbarians (8)6.10pmWomens 20s: Cyclones (2) drew Mets (2)Womens 20s: Suns (11) def Rustlers (2)Womens 20s: Eagles (6) drew Hornets (6)Womens 20s: Sharks (10) def Rebels (4)Womens 20s: Crusaders (4) def ACT (3)Mens 20s: Cobras (7) def Cyclones (3)
Exciting news! NRL Touch Football Australia has recently reconsidered its position to not attend the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup.NRL Touch Football is committed to international development and, in particular, international youth development. The opportunity for our youth athletes to compete at the highest levels of international competition and experience international touring is also a key element of our Touch Football pathway. It is for these reasons that we will now be attending the 2018 Youth World Cup and entering teams.Australia will enter teams in the 19’s and 17’s Boys, Girls and Mixed divisions.The Youth World Cup will be held In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 8th to 11th August 2018.The primary focus of the Youth Program over the next eight months is to ensure the best young players represent Australia at the 2018 Youth World Cup. The National Youth Squads have not been selected at this stage, though potential players, who have demonstrated impressive talent, skills and attitudes, have been notified that their development will be monitored and assessed by High Performance personnel. Selected players will be notified after the 2018 National Touch League in March.We’re looking forward to the journey to the YWC and an exciting time in Malaysia in August 2018!For information about Junior Development Pathways, click here.