New Delhi: TLeave aside the Rs. 250 crore endowment fund it announced last week, the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT Delhi) has bagged Rs.765 crore of research projects in last two years.

This is a significant jump than what it used to get earlier. As per official data of the institution, the research and consultancy projects of IIT Delhi have been on a rise. For example, while it took up 158 research projects in 2016-17, in 2017-18 the elite engineering school undertook 282 projects. In 2018-19 this number of research projects went up to 317 research and consultancy assignments. The same year, the school did some 290 consultancy projects too.

The research and consultancy projects are either received from different government bodies or industries on issues that they seek a solution to.

“We are doing good and our research output is significantly higher. We shall continue to increase research individually and with like minded institutions like All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS)," said IIT Delhi Director V. Ramgopal Rao.

According to IIT Delhi, the growth in research projects and its value is much higher that what it used to be few years back. For example in 2015-16 the school did 136 research projects worth only Rs. 72.4 crore.

Rao said the school is going for interdisciplinary research within the campus as well as outside it’s boundary. While IIT Delhi is now pursuing 59 interdisciplinary researches within its campus, it is pursuing 47 projects in collaboration with AIIMS in the field of medicine and bio medicine. Similarly, some 10 research projects are going on in agriculture space in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

One of the biggest research projects it is pursuing is in the field of enhancing India’s science, technology and innovation policy at a cost of Rs. 50 crore funded by the Tata Education and Development Trust. Research projects on nano-electronic network, and 5G telecom service are other two key projects it bagged from government of India.

Even on academic side, the IIT Delhi is now focusing more on post graduate and doctorate course than undergraduate courses. In the last three years more than 1000 Ph.D scholars have passed out of IIT Delhi. At present 2,833 research scholars are pursuing their Ph.D degrees at IIT Delhi as per official data which is nearly 30% of the total enrollment in the institution, as per official data.

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