IIT Ropar is on a fascinating path of growth and development. As you are aware, it has already established itself as one of the top technological institutes in the country, but that is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the huge initiatives and progress the institute is making. The institute’s own campus on 500 acres pristine land, on the bank of river Satluj is fast getting ready to be operational. We are going to occupy the first phase of the campus within the next quarter. The institute has increased its student strength from a meager 650 in 2015 to over 1100 today which is likely to be increased to 2500 by 2019.
Our faculty strength has increased during the last two years from 65 to 115. We are expecting this to increase to 250 by 2019. Apart from existing departments of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, we have recently started the department of Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering. We have expanded our Post Graduate Programmes (M.Tech) to the domains of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Engineering. IIT Ropar has got a very strong basic science component with MSc. degrees being taught in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics department. We have also started MTech programme in Biomedical Engineering offered by Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CBME). PhD programme is one of the major strength of IIT Ropar with approximately 25% of the student strength being PhD research scholars. The research is a major focus of IIT Ropar which is evident from the fact that we have got the highest scientific citations per paper among all the new IITs, which is an indicator of high quality of research done here.
The excellence in teaching and research comes from the careful choice of faculty members in which IIT Ropar has not made any compromise. It has gone to outreach and fetch scholars from all over the world to enrich its faculty strength and quality. This year, we have introduced the newly designed curriculum which is based on the principle of more hands on experience with strong fundamentals offering more choices to the students and imbibing social and national commitments in them. IIT Ropar has expanded its outreach to industry and the best academic institution in the world by entering into active collaborations with them. Research collaboration is not an additional feather in our cap but an integral part of our growth strategy.
Recently IIT Ropar has adopted a new mission and vision for the institute according to which we want to become a leader among the institutes established in the new millennium. We have made a stunning beginning but there is a long way to go but I am sure, with the active cooperation of all our stakeholders, students, faculty, staff, employees, collaborators, parents of the students, governmental organizations, media and public at large, we will be able to fulfill the motto of IIT Ropar,
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्
(Deploy our intellect on the right path).