At the convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati on 8th June, 2015, Smriti Zubin Irani, HRD Minister solicited IIT, Guwahati to initiate a project with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Assam government to tutor 10,000 nos. of Science & Maths teachers. Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani also announced a cash incentive of Rs One Lakh for the faculty members who develops innovative courses at the institute. She said the Ministry has discussed the issue with the director of IIT-Guwahati and the IIT will train the teachers. “NCERT and state board will jointly work out the course module for teachers’ training,” stated Irani.
Assam Education Minister, Sarat Barkotoky had asked for assistance in enhancing the skills of school teachers. IIT Guwahati has decided to brush up 10,000 teachers in Assam and will in a little while sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government in this regard.
14 PhD, 578 Undergraduates and 415 Postgraduate students obtained their degrees at the 17th convocation ceremony of IIT Guwahati. In the academic session 2014 – 2015, 5,186 nos. of students were enrolled at IIT-Guwahati, with 50.39% being PG students. Number of PhD students has witnessed a noteworthy increase at the institute. While, there were only 1,310 PhD students in the academic session 2013 – 2014, 1,531 students have registered for PhD programs in the session 2014 – 2015. The ratio of Faculty and PhD student at IIT Guwahati stands at a striking 1:4.12.
Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati highlighted the fact that the HRD Ministry has awarded the status of ‘Centre of Excellence’ to the Chemistry Department of the institute. 109 companies from diverse sectors have already taken part in the 2015 campus placements and 400 students from B.Tech and B.Des courses (out of a total of 543 students) have already been placed. Highest salary package offered to a B.Tech student this year is $129,500 per annum whereas, the standard package on offer is Rs 12.8 lakh per annum.
According to Mr. Biswas, the number of students on campus increased from 1,310 in 2013 – 2014 to 1,531 in 2014-15, with the number of graduating PhD students going up to 124 from 106 during the period.
Biswas said that there are 407 research projects in progress, with a total sanctioned value of about Rs 250 crore. In 2014-15, the Institute received 82 new projects with a approved value of Rs 50 Crores. It carried out 119 consultancy projects during the year.