IITGN’s way forward: Academicians and industrialists gather for deliberation

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Two meetings involved discussion and deliberation on key areas 
of strategic interest to the institute. On the sidelines, a Tinkerer’s Laboratory was also inaugurated
 

Bilkulonline.com, Palaj, Gandhinagar, Jan 13: Eminent academicians and industrialists from around the world gathered at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) .

Over the past two days, they helped the institute strategise on matters of leadership and academic excellence. The same was done through the institute’s Seventh Academic Advisory Council (AAC) meeting on January 12, followed by the Eighth Leadership Conclave (LC) on January 13. This year saw a large participations from external eminent personalities among a total of 34 members in AAC and 46 members in the LC. 

The AAC comprises leading academicians who meet every year to discuss issues of academic priority at IITGN. The Council provides strategic and external inputs on issues of key importance as the institute grows. Various agenda items for this year’s meeting included leadership and communication initiatives for students, managing difficult situations with faculty and institutional rankings. 

Through deliberation, the institute explored ideas for providing its students with opportunities for improving various aspects of their communication and leadership skills. In this direction, IITGN is also in the process of developing a Writing Studio. Inputs on various models and best practices for developing such programmes and resources for students was a focal point of discussions during the AAC meeting. Another area of discussion was managing difficult situations with faculty. The participants of the meeting reflected on what IITGN’s approach should be towards institutional rankings – whether to focus on rankings and to what extent it should focus on the parameters related to rankings. 

To guide the institute in formulating its short, medium and long-term strategic issues, the institute’s Leadership Conclave every year gathers eminent thinkers in the field of education from India and overseas, and includes participants from industry, academia and government. The day-long Conclave this year included discussions and the way forward on strategic issues of high priority at the institute. Discussion were held on planning 10-year celebrations of the institute, identifying ways to bring ‘Learning by Doing’ into its pedagogy, planning senior leadership staff roles and discussing effective utilisation of philanthropic funds. 

A Tinkerer’s Laboratory, supported by the alumni of IIT Bombay’s 1975 batch, was also inaugurated today. The facility will be open to all students of IITGN on a 24×7 basis. On the occasion, Prof Sudhir K Jain, Director, IITGN said, “The Tinkerer’s Laboratory will give our students a platform to ideate, create and experience innovation. This will also prepare them for future through self-learning and self-creation.”Participants of the 7th AAC meeting Participants of the 8th Leadership Conclave