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Delivered the "Cadence Advanced Technology Talk" on 6th September 2016.
September 9, 2016

Title of the Cadence ATT: Can a biologist fix a radio? — Challenges and opportunities in Computational Biology.

Summary: Historically biological science has involved study of living entities to explore their structure, function, evolution and classification. After the advent of computers biologists started using computing to answer relevant questions of biological origin, such as those pertaining to protein structures. Last few decades have witnessed an explosive growth in biological data from genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, metabolomes and connectomes etc. This has led to a new era in computational biology with challenges for creating meaningful models of biological systems, their analysis and seeking for ways of their control. In this context, I shall invoke the metaphor of ‘biological system as a radio’ and ask: Can a biologist fix a radio? Towards answering this question, I will point out few pertinent challenges and opportunities in various domains including structural modeling, genomics, neuroscience, disease biology and pharmacology. Finally, I shall briefly present research from our lab around the themes of network medicine, side effects prediction, and our discovery of ‘negative (contrasting) food pairing’ in the Indian cuisine.

About Cadence Advanced Technology Talks : Cadence Advanced Technology Talk (ATT) aims at knowledge sharing at Cadence India. While the ATT session is held every month, once in a quarter Cadence invites technologists, researchers, industry leaders to present an ATT. In these talks expert present a topic in science or technology not directly related to their work in cadence. The hope is that these talks would broaden horizons and developments in the world of science and technology. These talks are held in Cadence Noida and beamed live to cadence Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.

The talk and exposure to challenges and opportunities in computational biology, that was presented by drawing an analogy between a radio and biological systems, was very well received by the audience. It was held at Cadence Noida and was beamed live to Cadence Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.

Public Lecture Series
September 8, 2016

Third public lecture by well-known columnist and eminent media personality Mr. Shekhar Gupta

Shekhar Gupta

 


Second public lecture by well known journalist Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai

Rajdeep Sardesai

 


First public lecture by Mr. Anshu Gupta, Founder of GOONJ

Live Web Cast  Live Web-Cast

While many of us wish away a lot of issues by blaming various fraternities like the government, the system etc., Mr. Gupta’s talk will revolve around what role can the citizens of a country play. Taking Goonj as paradigm, the talk will touch upon various non-issues and complex problems that have innovative yet simple solutions and give insights on how a parallel economy can be created, parallel currencies can be identified and how grassroots innovations and wisdom can be the USP of a mass movement.

About the speaker:

Mr. Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man, is a recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award. He founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector. His work with GOONJ goes to a core challenge of our times; the growing gap between the urban prosperity and rural poverty. He has taken the menacing growth of urban waste and used it effectively and efficiently as a tool to trigger large scale development work on diverse issues like roads, water, environment, education, health etc. in some of the most backward and remote pockets of India.

He is an Ashoka and Schwab Fellow and has been listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs. His speech at several TEDx events across India and other Indian and international forums like the World Islamic Economic Forum, Jagrity Yatra, NASA and JICA (Japan) is admired by experts across the globe. Among many other honors, he has also been conferred with CNN-IBN Real Heroes Award.

 

 

Anshu Gupta

Dr. Ganesh Bagler delivered a talk on "The molecular essence of Indian cuisine and its applications"
July 25, 2016
Dr. Ganesh Bagler delivered a talk on "The molecular essence of Indian cuisine and its applications" at the Biotechnology Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar on 19th July, 2016. It was attended by the students and faculty members of the Biotechnology Department.
 
 Apart from presenting the discovery of 'negative (contrasting) food pairing' in Indian cuisine, Dr. Bagler also contended for  significance of computational resources easily available to students.
 
 
New Collection of Computing Books by India-based Authors (CBIA)
February 1, 2016

http://library.iiitd.edu.in/opac-tmpl/prog/en/includes/cbia.html

Inclusion of competitive programming at IIIT-Delhi
December 31, 2015

Case Study on the inclusion of Competitive Programming in IIIT Delhi’s Curriculum

Inclusion of competitive programming at IIIT-Delhi
December 31, 2015

About

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi, was created as a State University by an act of Delhi Government (The IIIT Delhi Act, 2007) empowering it to do research and development and grant degrees. It was officially established on 10th June, 2008.

 

Inception of academic programs and a change in admission criteria:

The institute began with its first batch of 60 B.Tech students in 2008 and admissions were based on the student’s performance in the JEE (Mains) examination. In 2010, IIIT Delhi started its M.Tech program with an objective to train students to become industry professionals or pursue a career in research. Both of these career paths require a sound knowledge of programming which can be judged through a programming test. In order to take this thought forward, few changes were incorporated in the M.Tech admission procedure where the applicants had to give an offline programming test in addition to GATE.

In 2014, instead of an offline programming test, the score of the applicant in the Long Programming Challenge of CodeChef(a non-profit educational initiative by Directi) was considered for the M.Tech selection procedure. It brought IIIT Delhi close to attaining its goal by encouraging a larger number of students across India to apply for its Master’s degree as the programming test was made online. The process was a success and benefited the students as well as the institute. The former by motivating them to do better quality of programming and the latter by providing them candidates with a proven level of programming skill.

On similar lines, to encourage budding programmers, changes were made to the admission process for B.Techwhere bonus points were given to the candidates who showed their excellence in Olympiads (like INOI) and other school programming contests (like ProCon Junior).

 

Initiatives taken by IIIT Delhi to promote programming

 

Inception of Foobar, a student-run programming club of IIIT Delhi           

In order to further carry out its mission to motivate budding engineers to become outstanding problem solvers, a vibrant student programming club ‘FooBar’ was established in September 2013. The club’s aim is to promote and improve the overall programming skills of students in IIIT Delhi and their performance in prestigious contests like ACM ICPC(the ‘Olympics of Programming’). The club brings interested people together, so that they may hone their programming skills.

FooBar has provided various opportunities for student programmers to grow by organizing programming contests like ProSort, ProSort Junior, and ProCon. It has also started CodeClasses- a series of lectures to help them get started with competitive programming. These lectures focus on useful and important concepts and problem solving strategies, with nifty tricks thrown in here and there. At least one session (contest/CodeClass) is organized every week. In addition, it also conducts some sessions to help students prepare for the placements.

FooBar is also associated with Directi/Codechef, HackerRank and HackerEarth.

External activities

Over the years, in addition to internal activities, IIIT-Delhi has also put increasing efforts into promoting programming among school students. This is to take forward the very important cause of creating interest and awareness among students early on in school. The activities are largely student driven; they also provide IIIT-Delhi students an exposure to teaching, problem setting and organizing events. During Esya, IIIT-Delhi’s technical festival, students of IIIT-Delhi conduct workshops on competitive programming in many schools across Delhi and NCR.

Inception of ProCon Junior for school students

In order to encourage school kids to code, a junior programming challenge - ProCon Junior, was launched in the year 2011 and later associated with the ‘CodeChef for Schools’ in the year 2013. ProCon Junior has undergone major evolution since its launch in 2011. It is now no longer limited to 11th and 12th grade students, but open to all school students to participate, and has now become a nationwide contest with students from all across India participating in the online prelims. It sees a participation from at least 500 school students – perhaps the second-highest in any programming contest held in India for schools.

Indian National Olympiad in Informatics (INOI) Preparatory workshop

In 2014, for the first time, IIIT Delhi in collaboration with IARCS, CodeChef for Schools and IIT Delhiconducted 5-week long workshop for school studentsto help them prepare for the Indian National Olympiad in Informatics, which is the qualification contest for International Informatics Olympiad. Students and faculty members of IIIT Delhi and IIT Delhi trained the students during the workshop and exposed them to the world of competitive programming, algorithms and data structures. Out of the 30 people who cleared INOI and were selected for the IOI Training Camp-2015, 7 had attended the workshop at IIIT Delhi, with one of them making it to the IOI team as well and winning a bronze medal for India at IOI 2015. This is a superlative achievement and a huge contribution to the young student community. This workshop was organized again this year, with students from outside NCR region (like Agra, Dehradun, West Bengal, Nagpur, etc.) also participating.

Inclusion of Competitive Programming course in winter and summer semesters

IIIT Delhi further strengthened the culture of programming among its students by offering a Competitive Programming Coursein its Winter Semester 2014. The objective was to improve students’ ability to solve problems using knowledge of programming, algorithms and data structures as well as their preparedness for participating in programming contests. The 2-credit Competitive Programming Course was offered to its 3rd and 4th year B.Tech students. In this course students had to primarily participate in coding contests, discuss problems and solution approaches in class and read material that helps do better in the contests. With its success, a longer 2 credit Competitive Programming summer semester course was started in May 2015.

The summer semester course was a great success, and saw many students enrolling. The overall increase in participation and improvement in performance of IIIT-Delhi students in Codechef Long Challenges as compared to previous years is an indication of how this course helped promote competitive programming.

For reference, the implementation details of the summer term course along with feedback survey have been added to the end of the document.

Some stats for comparison are given below. They indicate the increase in interest and efforts put in by students compared to last year.

Summer 2014:

May 14 Long Challenge (5009 participants):

0 in top 100

9 in top 500

June 14 Long Challenge (5842 participants):

0 in top 100

1 in top 500

July 14 Long Challenge (5183 participants):

0 in top 100

1 in top 500

 

Summer 2015 (During the course):

May 15 Long Challenge (4783 participants):

3 in top 100

27 in top 500

June 15 Long Challenge (6006 participants):

2 in top 100

18 in top 500

July 15 Long Challenge (4789 participants):

6 in top 100

23 in top 500

Benefits in the larger scheme of things

The level of programming skills at IIIT Delhi has definitely gone up by the inclusion of competitive programming in their B.Tech and M.Tech curriculum. This had led to more students becoming well acquainted with major programming languages as well as language-agnostic skills like data structures and algorithms, problem solving strategies and debugging. By being exposed to so many contests, students have learned to write efficient and correct code in the first attempt.
This prepares them well for a high level job in the industry, as companies look for exactly these type of candidates. Hence unsurprisingly the placements have also improved. Big players like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Works Applications, Directi hire students through campus placements. The initiative has been the key in providing a three-way benefit to the students, the Institute, and the recruiters.

Implementation Details: CPP101 - Competitive Programming, Summer Term 2015

The course structure that was floated to students before the course started is attached below for reference:

Pre-requisite:Data Structure and Algorithms.

Post Conditions:After this course: (i) The students’ ability to solve problems using knowledge of programming, algorithms, and data structures will improve, (ii) students’ preparedness for participating in programming contests will improve.

Course Description: In this course, students will primarily participate in coding contests, and read material that will help strengthen their problem solving skills for these contests. This course will be offered during the summer semester, and will be open to all students of 1st and 2nd year, though it is expected that students will take it normally after their 1st year. In the course, students will take part in 3 monthly contests of CodeChef during the summer. After each contest, students are expected to study alternate solutions for the problems they have done, and solutions of problems they did not do. Students will also have to self study specific chapters of the textbook.

Course Organization:

  • The course will start in May, and students will have to participate in the CodeChef’s monthly long contests in May, June, and July (typically starts on 1st Friday of every month).
  • Students will have to do these contests in Python, C/C++ or Java programming languages.
  • Students will have to study themselves specific chapters of the textbook: “The Algorithm Design Manual” by Steve Skiena.
  • An exam will be conducted at the start of the Monsoon semester, in which students will be asked questions from the book or on the advanced problems of the three long contests on CodeChef.
  • Structure of the exam: One hour paper-and-pencil problem solving using programs, and a 2-hour coding contest which will be hosted by Teaching Assistants.

Operational Details:

  • Two senior BTech/MTech/PhD students will be assigned as student-instructors, who will work under the overall supervision of a faculty member. These student-instructors will manage backpack and monitor activity on it, and fetch data (plagiarism report and ranking) from CodeChef for grading.
  • The final exam (programming contest) will be organized by FooBar - problems to be selected by student-instructors in consultation with the faculty advisor.
  • The final exam (paper) will be designed by the student-instructors in consultation with the faculty supervisor.
  • Final grades to be finalized by faculty member.
Aruna Jayanthi (CEO - Capgemini India) will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address.
September 4, 2015

Aruna Jayanthi (Member, Capgemini Group Executive Committee, CEO - Capgemini India and Chairperson of Sweden Country Board, Capgemini Sweden) will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address.

Dr. Mayank Vatsa is elected as the Vice President (Publications) in the IEEE Biometrics Council
August 1, 2015

Dr. Mayank Vatsa is elected as the Vice President (Publications) in the IEEE Biometrics Council. He is taking over from Dr. Ajay Kumar, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The mission of the IEEE Biometrics Council is to advance, promote and coordinate work in the field of biometric technology and applications throughout IEEE, and to expand IEEE's role in this interdisciplinary field. Current President of the council, Prof. Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Buffalo, welcomes him on the executive council. http://ieee-biometrics.org/

IIIT-Delhi gets NAAC Accreditation at A grade (highest)
July 8, 2015

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India) will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address
July 8, 2015

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India) will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address.

IIIT-Delhi declared a CUDA Teaching Center by Nvidia
February 20, 2015

The CUDA Teaching Center Program is designed to support and encourage teaching establishments to include GPU Computing using CUDA C/C++ as part of their course offerings. To help facilitate this teaching effort, NVIDIA may grant equipment, funding and course material assistance. At IIITD, the CUDA Teaching Center program is tied with the “GPU Computing” (CSE5GPU) course offered during Winter 2015. This is an advanced elective course available to undergraduate as well as postgraduate students. This course exposes students to design and write high performance code on the GPU. A student who successfully completes this course will

  • understand concepts behind parallel computing,
  • understand parallel computing paradigms, GPU architecture and GPGPU development frame-works (CUDA, OpenCL, and GLSL),
  • be able to develop parallel solutions to computationally challenging problems,
  • be able to implement such solutions on GPU using CUDA, and
  • be able to analyze the effectiveness of the GPU based solutions using standard benchmarks and tools.

Ojaswa Sharma is the Principal Investigator and other associated faculty members are Apala Guha, Vinayak Naik, Arnab Bhattacherjee, and Chetan Arora. The CUDA Teaching Center award from NVIDIA consists of a donation of teaching material and GPU hardware. The award also includes discount for anyone at the institute to attend the GTC conference.

Self Study Report for NAAC Accreditation
September 16, 2014

Self Study Report for NAAC Accreditation

ACM Survey on PhD Production in India in Computer Science, 2012 - 2013
July 31, 2014

This year (for data for the academic year 2012-13), to reduce the subjectivity, the criteria has been refined as: Any Institution which has a PhD program and has at least 5 faculty members with PhD in CS in the CS/IT Department/Program will be included in the survey. Some reputed Institutes were included even otherwise. The methodology of this study is mentioned below. Report is now available for download.

This year's ACM PhD Production Report can be found here.

 

Methodology Used

We compiled a list of Institutions which have a PhD program using data from AICTE as well as information obtained through other sources. These institutions were included in the drop down list in the online form we used for data collection this time. The method for data collection is:
  • A request was sent on email to the contact email id obtained from AICTE or other sources. Reminders were also sent.
  • When a form is submitted, the contents were sent by email to the HOD as confirmation. The data provided was checked through website of the institution. Also, like last year, the raw data is a part of the final report.
  • If an institute did not provide the data despite reminders, it was assumed that the Institution does not satisfy the criteria. For those institutions where it is known that the criteria is satisfied, PhD production was estimated from information on their website (methods similar to those we used last year were used – estimate the PhD production using the number of PhD faculty and the total PhD student population. They are described in the reports.
  • Initial reports were shown to many people to take their views and inputs. Errors reported were corrected.
  • Final report was then submitted to ACM India, which accepted it and has published it on its website (under Research tab)
ACM India and Prof. Jalote would like to thank all the participating Institutions for providing the data. 
IIIT-D inks cooperation pacts with three international universities
July 2, 2014

Close on the heels of signing a pact for cooperation with Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT), IIIT-D has joined hands with Korea University’s Graduate School of Information Security (GSIS) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln to carry out educational exchanges and strengthen mutual relationships.

The Memorandum of Understanding with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), inked by IIIT-D Director Prof. Pankaj Jalote and Chancellor Harvey Perlman of UNL in June 2014, is intended to facilitate academic collaboration between the partner institutions.

It establishes a general partnership between the two institutions to facilitate collaborations in academic activities like teaching, research, student exchange, faculty exchange, technology transfer, publication, curriculum development, joint projects and training.

Earlier in April this year, IIIT-D and Graduate School of Information Security (GSIS), Korea University, Seoul, inked a pact under which the two sides agreed that the encouragement and development of cooperation and exchange in all areas of mutual academic interest is desirable.  

The purpose of this agreement, signed between Prof. Jalote and Korea University Director Jongin Lim, includes development of joint venture projects between GSIS and IIIT-D; development of a collaborative PhD programme; joint supervision of doctoral students; organisation of joint academic and scientific activities like courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures; exchange of staff and/or students; and exchange of materials and publications of common interest.

The MoUs with UNL and Korea University’s GSIS follow inking of a statement of understanding between IIIT-D and the Brisbane-based QUT in November 2013, under which the two institutions aim to develop joint venture projects, supervise doctoral students jointly and organize joint academic and scientific activities.

Successful completion of Innovate Delhi Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA)
June 23, 2014

Innovate Delhi was a three-week long academy held from June 1 to June 23 at the IIIT Delhi. It worked with aspiring entrepreneurs to hone their skills in innovation, team-building, and strategy. Students got the unique opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs, industry experts, and professors while working in teams to develop breakthrough product concepts and co-found new ventures.

Innovate Delhi was generously funded by the SEED Institute at Stanford GSB and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi.
 

Graduating batches of IIIT-D share campus life experiences
May 7, 2014

For graduating B.Tech and M.Tech batches of IIIT-D, it was time to bid adieu to the institute as they mingled with the faculty and staff for one last time and expressed their gratitude to them for helping them all through their programs of study.

Overwhelmed with emotions at the May 7 interactive meeting, they profusely thanked the faculty and staff for their holistic growth during their stay at the institute, a period, they say, they would remember throughout their life.

“We were both excited and emotional. Jubilation was there as students were venturing into a professional world outside, but at the same time they were feeling deeply emotional for breaking away from the routine campus life,” says Kashish Chawla of the graduating B.Tech (CSE) batch.

IIIT-D Director Prof Pankaj Jalote encouraged students to share their experiences, while faculty members also came forward to speak about the graduating batches and wished them luck in their future endeavours.

Arjun Ahuja, another student from the graduating B.Tech batch, described his campus life at the IIIT-D as memorable. “We all thanked the institute’s very helpful faculty and staff for guiding us in each and every field so efficiently. We would all treasure this experience,” he added.

SPS’14 witnesses grand success
February 22, 2014
Researchers, faculty and students engaged in the field of security and privacy in India came together for keynotes, invited talks, panel discussions, poster presentations and other networking events at the second Security & Privacy Symposium (SPS’14), held at IIT Kanpur from February 20-22.
 
SPS’14 featured three keynote speeches from eminent people from the US and Germany; nine invited talks and a panel discussion. “Besides, it witnessed five PhD student presentations, 14 posters and two student madness events,” said Dr Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (‘PK’), the founding head of the Cybersecurity Education and Research Centre (CERC) at IIIT-Delhi, who is the co-creator of the Symposium.
 
Prof. Mustaque Ahamad, one of the Keynote Speakers from GaTech, said that "I am impressed with the quality of students in this Symposium."
 
This was the second edition of the Security & Privacy Symposium at IIT Kanpur and was as successful as the first one.“Last year, we began this endeavor to bring all the topics related to security and privacy under one roof and build a close-knit community. With the Security & Privacy Symposium 2014, we have continued this effort of strengthening our community of researchers, faculty, and students in security and privacy area in India,” according to the organizers.
 
“Any average Internet user today has multiple online accounts-with online social media, third-party cloud service providers, online banking services, etc. With such a lifestyle, it is always possible for an individual or a group to become vulnerable to various online security breaches and privacy threats. Researchers are constantly trying to find out solutions to these problems,” they said.
 
The SPS’14 also witnessed three interesting Workshops on Security Threat Analytics for Large Scale Peer-to-Peer Networks (by Prof. Chittaranjan Hota); Denial of Service Attacks (by Prof. Alwyn Pais); and Cybersecurity on networks and programs (by CERC @ IIITD).
 
The objective of the symposium was to bring the student, faculty and researcher community in India to deliberate upon the trends and progress in the area of security and privacy; facilitate interaction amongst the Indian fraternity and the International speakers in this field; enhance the state of the art research collaborations amongst various groups; and help build human resources in this emerging area.
 
Picture of the Chief Guests, Organizers, and Keynote speakers.
 
Left to Right: Prof. Sumit Ganguly, CSE department head; Prof. Murat Kantarcioglu, UT Dallas / Harvard University; Dr. Krishna Gummadi, Max Planc institute; Prof. Indranil Manna, Director IITK; PK, CERC / IIITD, Co-organizer; Prof. Amey Karkare, CSE IITK, local organizer; Prof. Chittranjan Hota, CSE BITS-Pilani HYD, Co-organizer; Prof. Mustaque Ahamad, GaTech. 
More pictures can be seen from here.
IIIT-D set to award Ph.D to its first two scholars
February 18, 2014
First PHD Graduates

Achieving yet another milestone, IIIT-D is set to award Ph.D. to its research scholars Kuldeep and Himanshu, thus graduating students in all three higher education degrees – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate -- in a short span of five years.

Kuldeep, who was admitted to the pioneering CS Ph.D. batch in 2009, received good reviews from all three examiners for his thesis entitled ‘Geo-localization and Location-aware Opportunistic Communication for Mobile Phones’.

Dr Vinayak Naik was his Superviser, while he was co-supervised by Dr Pushpendra Singh and Dr Amarjeet Singh. Kuldeep is now working as a Research Scientist in Xerox labs in Bangalore.

PHD Scholar Kuldeep
PHD Scholar Himanshu Himanshu Bhatt, who pursued his Ph.D. in Computer Science as part of the Image Analysis & Biometric Group at IIIT-D, too successfully defended his thesis ‘Emerging Covariates of Face Recognition’.

His research work, which was carried out under the guidance of Dr. Mayank Vatsa and Dr. Richa Singh, was highly appreciated by the examiners. Himanshu is currently working as a Research Scientist in Analytics group at XRCI.

Broadly, Kuldeep’s research interests include mobile sensing, usability evaluation of mobile systems and designing mobile systems for developing countries; while Himanshu’s  are in Biometrics, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Information Retrieval.
Both of them have received prestigious fellowships and other awards for their research work. Kuldeep was awarded Microsoft Research Ph.D. fellowship in 2011, which is given to only five computer science Ph.D. students every year in India. Himanshu was the recipient of the coveted IBM Ph.D. fellowship for 2011-2013.
 

Find A Way – IIIT-D students join hands for social cause
February 4, 2014

Find A Way, an NGO launched and managed by students of IIIT-Delhi, has come up with a noble cause - to help fund education of underprivileged children in partnership with the Child andWomen Care Society (CWCS).

The home-grown NGO of the institute has launched its first project called FindAWay Card, all proceeds from the sale of which will go towards sponsoring education of the children in need. The card can be bought for just Rs 99. In return, you get amazing discounts at over 120 restaurants in NCR, including Yo! China, Pink Room, CCD etc.

“We work in close collaboration with the NGOs to bridge the gap between their efforts and your desire to help. Major NGOs have partnered with us to give you the opportunity to be the light in someone else’s life. To make them feel loved and to make you feel good,” this is the message that the all-student NGO of IIIT-D wants to send across to people from all walks of life.

Not only have the institute’s Director, Prof Pankaj Jalote, and faculty members are supporting the card initiative launched by ‘Find A Way, but also the winners of the Microsoft’s ‘Whodunit Challenge’, 2013, who happen to be from our very own institute. Kuldeep Yadav and other members of the ‘Whodunit’ team have donated part of their prize money to take the cause forward.

“We hope that this card will change the lives of many. Give education to those who need it and a sense of happiness to those who believe in it,” say the students involved with the NGO.

They noted that there are 3.3 million NGOs in India (1 NGO for 400 people) and still, millions of malnourished people remain ignored. It isn’t just funds they need, it is volunteers, tech help, educational material and so many other things.

“So we decided to do what we do best. Empower them (other NGOs) with our diverse technological expertise. And thus, Find A Way was born,” said the student members on the inception of ‘Find A Way’. “We not only cater to the needs of the NGOs but also of those people who believe in our cause and choose to contribute to the cause through us. All in all, everyone benefits!”

‘Find A Way’ comprises students from both technical and management backgrounds. Alumni from the Harvard Business School and the London Business School advise it on its marketing and research activities, according to its members.

On the ‘The FindAWay Card’, they say it enables individuals to exercise their altruism according to their will while offering them some perks. “Upon buying our card you begin a process of educating underprivileged children. It's as simple as that. No forms to fill, no bills to cash. As reward to your contributions, you can use it to get discounts at more than 120 restaurants across Delhi, NCR,” they say, adding all proceeds from the sale of the card will go to the Child and Women Care Society for sponsoring education of underprivileged children.

Zenatix: start-up co-founded by Dr. Amarjeet Singh on energy data analytics
January 17, 2014

Dr. Amarjeet Singh, one of the faculty members at IIIT-D, has co-founded Zenatix, a startup based on technologies in energy data analytics developed at the institute, which will help customers understand their power consumption patterns and provide useful insights towards energy saving and making buildings a smart working environment. Dr. Singh co-founded Zenatix with his classmates from IIT Delhi - Mr. Rahul Bhalla and Mr. Vishal Bansal.

Energy inefficiencies are not uncommon in a large building environment, and one of the biggest reasons is lack of information about such inefficiencies. Though every large energy consumer wants to monitor and save energy, the current metering infrastructure and format of electricity bills doesn't allow the consumer to have any actionable insights such as how much energy goes into my air-conditioning, how much into the lighting, how efficient is my UPS consumption, how I consume at various times (day versus night, weekday versus weekend, at different times of the day).

Zenatix has developed a solution that allows energy consumers to have such insights and many more so that they can accurately account their energy consumption and take steps to optimize the usage without compromising on either their necessity or comfort. Essentially, we deploy smart meters along with our proprietary controllers at various sub-system levels (building, air-conditioning, lighting, UPS etc.) in building(s) and collect power consumption data in real time (we can take readings every 30 seconds). Based on the collected data, the energy consumers can view charts and graphs on our web based platform and take control of their energy consumption. Subsequently, our experts work with the consumers and run advanced analytics on the collected data in order to suggest additional energy saving measures.

Zenatix has already deployed this solution at IIIT-Delhi (Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology) campus, and has contributed to the institute’s energy saving measures that overall account for more than 10% of their monthly energy bill of approx.. Rs 20 lacs.

Overall, Zenatix helps you empower yourself and take control of your energy usage in real time with an overall ROI period typically less than a year.

IIIT-D marks Nov 18-22 as Laptop Sticker Drive week
November 18, 2013

In a special initiative, IIIT-D has launched a weeklong Laptop Sticker Drive as part of a larger campaign aimed at creating an identity for the institute.

IIIT-D Director, Prof Pankaj Jalote, was the first in the institute to have the sticker on his laptop, clearly reflecting the support he has extended to the November 18-November 22 drive, the objective of which is to involve “all” at the institute. 

Not only is it a unique way of celebrating oneness but also promoting the institute among its stakeholders. The goal of this campaign is to have the IIIT-D sticker on each and every laptop in the institute, so that we can showcase that all of us are extremely excited and proud of being part of IIIT-D.

Student volunteers have come forward to support this wonderful drive, and are requesting their peers, faculty members and staff to place the stickers on their laptops.  The volunteers are going around the campus to find laptops without stickers and requesting the owners to put them on their laptops. Nobody is being forced to accept the stickers.

Since the start of the campaign from November 18 morning, many people in the institute, including faculty and students, have already put the stickers on their laptops.

IIIT-D, QUT ink pact for Cooperative Educational Exchanges
November 5, 2013

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) and Australia’s Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have signed a statement of understanding for cooperative educational exchanges under which the two institutions aim to develop joint venture projects, supervise doctoral students jointly and organize joint academic and scientific activities.

The two institutions “agree that the encouragement and development of cooperation and exchange in all areas of mutual academic interest is desirable,” says the document signed by IIIT-D Director, Prof Pankaj Jalote, and QUT Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Coaldrake, on November 4, 2013.

Both sides wish to expand the basis for friendship and cooperative educational exchange, according to the document.

In this regard, the two institutions have set forth an agreement, the purpose of which includes development of joint venture projects between IIIT-D and QUT;  joint supervision of doctoral students; organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures; exchange of staff and/or students;  and 

exchange of materials and publications of common interest.

“Collaborative projects ensuing from this agreement may include any of the academic disciplines represented at IIIT-D and QUT,” according to the document inked by the two institutions.

Themes of joint activities and conditions for utilizing the results achieved, as well as arrangements for visits, exchanges, and other forms of cooperation will be further discussed and developed mutually for each specific case, it says, adding all financial arrangements will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

“In order to carry out and fulfill the goals of this agreement, both parties will appoint coordinators for the development and management of joint activities. Through these contact persons, either party may initiate proposals for activities under this agreement,” it says.

Specific details will be set forth in a letter of agreement which will include elaboration of the responsibilities of each institution for the agreed upon activity; schedules for the specific activity; and budgets and sources of financing for each activity.

ACM Survey on PhD Production in Computer Science in India
October 1, 2013

The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and also identify trends. This exercise is motivated by the Taulbee report in US.  Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIIT-Delhi has been leading this effort on behalf of the ACM. First survey  was done for AY 2011-12 – in this survey  only a set of about 40 institutions were included (those that a committee considered as having decent quality PhD program.) The methodology for that survey, the list of institutions included, and report of the survey is available here.

This year (for data for the academic year 2012-13), to reduce the subjectivity, the criteria was changed to: any Institution which has a PhD program and has at least 5 faculty members with PhD in CS in the CS/IT Department/Program will be included in the survey; some reputed Institutes may be included even otherwise. 

The survey has now concluded. Details of this survey are given on this page. The report is available here or from the ACM India site . The report also includes the raw data on the list of institutions, number of PhDs reported by different institutions, etc.

This time, data collection is being done via an online form.  The method for data collection was:

  • A request was sent on email to the contact email id obtained from AICTE or other sources. Reminders were sent.
  • When a form was submitted, the contents were sent by email to the HOD as confirmation. The data provided was checked through website of the institution. 
  • For Institutes that did not provide the data despite reminders, it was assumed that the Institution does not satisfy the criteria. For those institutions where it is known that the criteria is satisfied, PhD production was estimated from information on their website - estimation approach is given in the report.

 

Microsoft veteran Craig Mundie visits IIIT-D, talks about future technology
September 18, 2013

Mr. Craig Mundie, Senior Advisor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, visited the Delhi government-created information technology institute IIIT-D and delivered a talk on how computing technology will continue to shape our future.

“The technology revolution has already done a lot, and will bring more radical changes in future,” he said as students and faculty members of the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D) heard him in rapt attention at a packed conference hall.

Mr. Mundie, who joined Microsoft in 1992, said that natural interactions between people and computers will become more and more important in the years to come, adding that the “new era of computing will transform how we live, work and play.”

Before his talk, Mr. Mundie had an hour-long discussion with the institute’s Director Prof Pankaj Jalote and over 20 other faculty members.

“It was a great pleasure to meet him (Mr. Mundie) and discuss some innovative future research directions,” Dr Pushpendra Singh, Assistant Professor (Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing) at IIIT-D, said after the Microsoft veteran’s interaction with the faculty members.

Anush Sankaran, a PhD scholar who attended the talk delivered by Mr. Mundie, said that it was a highly impressive session during which he learnt a great deal about future technologies being developed by Microsoft.

“During the question-answer round, Mr. Mundie spoke of his pet project for the past 10 years, which is about building quantum computing aimed at processing a huge amount of data to make complex inferences,” said Anush. Mr. Mundie’s talk, which lasted for over an hour, was attended by more than 150 students and faculty members of the institute.

As Senior Advisor to the CEO of Microsoft Corp., Mr. Mundie works on key strategic projects within the company, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on technology strategy, policy, and regulation.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Mundie served as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, where he oversaw Microsoft Research, one of the world's largest computer-science research organizations, and was responsible for Microsoft's long-term technology strategy, directing a number of technology incubations.

In April 2009, Mr. Mundie was named by US President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

IIIT-Delhi to host Innovate Delhi along with Stanford Graduate School of Business
September 5, 2013

 

Innovate Delhi 2014

June 1 - June 22, 2014
IIIT-Delhi, New Delhi

Supported by:

Stanford Graduate School of Business
IIIT-Delhi

Innovate Delhi, a novel entrepreneurship academy funded by Stanford GSB SEED Institute and IIIT-D, will be held at the campus of IIIT-D in Okhla, New Delhi from June 1 to June 22, 2014. Innovate Delhi is a three-week intensive academy designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs in India hone their skills in innovation, venture design, and strategy.

Innovate Delhi participants will learn the latest startup frameworks from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and faculty from leading universities.  Innovate Delhi subscribes to the idea that we learn best when we do. The Innovate Delhi curriculum is hands-on and participants will work collaboratively to develop a startup idea and have a chance to win funding.  Full details about the program can be found at http://www.innovatedelhi.com/program.

“We are very excited to offer the Innovate Delhi program to aspiring young entrepreneurs in India at IIIT-D next June”, said Dr. Sharique Hasan, Assistant Professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Innovate Delhi co-founder. “We are looking for smart, creative, and passionate men and women to participate. So, if you are passionate about startups, tech, or using your skills to design innovative products and services that millions of people will use, you should apply”.

"I am really looking forward to Innovate Delhi”, said Dr. Ponnurangam Kumagraguru, Assistant Professor at IIIT-D and co-founder of Innovate Delhi. “We are really fortunate that IIIT-D and Stanford’s SEED Institute have been able to generously support the Innovate Delhi program. It is a wonderful opportunity for young Indians that are passionate about entrepreneurship to learn from venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and faculty as well as win some great prizes. If you have innovative ideas or have ever thought of creating your own startup, we encourage you to apply.”

“We plan to accept 300 participants, so you will get to learn from literally hundreds of other smart and creative people”, said Rem Koning, co-founder of Innovate Delhi. “The amazing connections participants will make over the three-weeks of the academy will help them in all their future entrepreneurial journeys.”

The academy expects to receive many more applications than there are spots available. Early applications are encouraged.

Applications are due by December 1, 2013.


Press Contacts

Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (INDIA)
Email: pkiiitd.ac.in
IIIT-Delhi, New Delhi, India

 

IIIT-D marks 2nd convocation; Students react with mixed emotions
September 1, 2013

Convocation is one of the most important events in every student’s life, an occasion which leaves them overwhelmed with emotions but at the same time instills zeal to face the professional world outside. 

This was what all attendees witnessed during the just-concluded 2nd convocation of the IIIT-D, where the Chief Guest was Prof Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of the Delhi University,  who along with IIIT-D Board of Governors’ Chairman Mr Kiran Karnik and Director Prof Jalote, addressed a packed conference hall, exhorting students to adhere to integrity and discipline, and pay back to society.

After the August 25 convocation ceremony, Raghav Sethi, a B.Tech graduate, said the event evoked mixed emotions. “I was despondent that my stint at IIIT-D was finally over and that I wouldn't see my batch-mates for long periods. But I was also deeply motivated by Dr. Singh's address and honoured to receive the All-Round Performance medal from Mr. Karnik. The event marked the ending of one of the best periods of my life - I sometimes wish I could join again as a bright-eyed first-year  student  and experience it all again.”

On his medal, he said IIIT-D faculty and staff encouraged him to contribute to many fields where he was skilled at or wanted to develop skills.  “I am both grateful and honoured to receive the medal.”

In his remarks, Raghav’s father Mr Sanjay Sethi said: “The institution has emerged as one of the finest in the country and the recent convocation reflected the distance IIIT-D has covered in a short span of 5 years since its inception. Both, the Chairman and the Chief Guest spoke eloquently and their message will definitely resonate with the students and encourage them to excel in their chosen fields and to give back to the institution as well as their country.”

Mrs. Sujata Sethi, Raghav’s mother who was also present during the convocation, said:  “For many of us it was the first occasion where we visited the new campus fully and interacted with the faculty members, and it was a great feeling to see our children graduate from such a fine institution.”

Shruti Sharma, an M.Tech graduate, said she felt great that she has earned her degree. She was also all praise for the speeches delivered at the convocation, calling them “inspiring”.

Her mother Rekha Sharma said the Institute was doing very well and has come a long way since its establishment in 2008. “I am really happy that my daughter has graduated from such a fine institution.”

For Shiva Lavaria, a B.Tech graduate, the convocation evoked mixed feelings as was the case with most of others. “I am happy that I am starting a new life, but the thought of leaving the institute has made me a bit emotional.”

Shiva’s father Mr Krishan Gopal said he was glad that his son chose IIIT Delhi over other institutions for his B.Tech. “This is a very good institution. I am extremely satisfied with it.”

Earlier during his address at the convocation, Chief Guest Prof Singh mesmerized the audience with his moving statements. All graduating students heard him in rapt attention as he said, “You (students) must have integrity and you must adhere to discipline… Do not ever think you have made it on your own. Pay your debt to society, which shaped you.”

Education is a long journey to discover your inner self, Prof Singh said. “You don’t become educated by just earning degrees, you become educated when you listen to your antar-dhwani  (inner voice). Lord Buddha didn’t go to any university. If you believe he was uneducated, then you should not believe in anything.  (Great scientist) Michael Faraday had no formal education, he understood his inner voice. (Mahatma) Gandhi had said ‘for an atheist, it is atheism that is his religion and it will take him to his God’.”

Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar would practice 6-8 hours daily during his school days because he wanted to be a batsman,  Prof Singh noted.  “Amitabh Bachchan , from his first day as an actor, was the first person to arrive at the studio. He rehearsed the script before each scene a 100 times. I had once asked him when you set forth for Mumbai leaving your corporate job did you have any idea that you would become a leading man? To which, he replied ‘I had no idea I would become a leading man. I just wanted to act.’ Because of his great adherence to his inner belief, he rose,” said the DU Vice Chancellor.

Calling IIIT-D a “nascent, young and vibrant institution”, he told B-Tech and M-Tech graduates that this institute “has set benchmarks for others to emulate, to pay attention to.”

IIIT-D Board of Governors’ Chairman Mr Kiran Karnik, in his message on the occasion, said: “Few institutions can claim to have established a reputation for themselves in such a short period of time. Simultaneously, a lot of effort has been devoted to creating the physical infrastructure in our (IIIT-D) campus,” which is spread over 25 acres of land in Okhla phase-III.

To the graduating students, Mr Karnik said “you step into a world which is uncertain... you have to cope with new realities. Unless you renew yourself and keep learning more, you’ll become obsolete.”

In his address, Prof Jalote said: “Research remains a key focus for the Institute and we support and encourage our faculty to take up interesting challenges and projects.”

“This year, we mark our 5th anniversary… I believe our main overall achievement has been to lay strong foundations – we have developed rigorous academic programmes, evolved a strong research and PhD programme, built an academic culture and environment which encourages people to excel and take up challenges, and have established a good administrative set-up.” 

IIIT-Delhi students win FICCI contest
July 24, 2013

Paridhi Jain, a PhD scholar at the IIIT-D, and her teammates from the ‘PreCog’ research group, Megha Arora and Neha Gupta, have emerged victorious in FICCI’s  Strengthening the Policing Contest 2013 – Ensuring Women Safety in India’, beating a large number of participants from across the country.

In the backdrop of rising crime rate against women in India, which has resulted in a drastic 35 per cent drop in female tourist arrivals to the country, the trio’s proposal entitled ‘Safe Safari’ lists measures aimed at preventing such crimes in future.

Visibly disturbed by the present security scenario, the girls propose a couple of technological solutions to prevent recurrence of crimes against women and help them commute safely during any time of the day.

According to them, introduction of maps and navigational services on mobile devices have been significantly helpful for women commuters as they provide information on possible routes between two locations, along with distance and estimated time of travel. “However, these services do not consider safety of the suggested routes,” they say, adding they have proposed introduction of Safe Google Maps, where each suggested route is associated with a risk score, vulnerable and insecure areas, and police stations nearby.

The girls also caution about scenarios where none of the possible routes is completely secure. For such cases, they propose Auto-Track-on-Request, another mobile application which gives the woman traveler an option to request tracking by a Central Monitoring System (CMS).

Paridhi, Megha and Neha, who made a presentation based on their proposal at theFICCI’s conference on Homeland Security - 2013: Safe and Secure Nation held on July 23-24 in New Delhi and were presented with their winner’s trophy, say that preventive measures can be taken after studying the available data on crime against women.

The girls, who feel that their proposal is “feasible, innovative and implementable”, are hopeful of its acceptance by various stakeholders in near future.

“Safety of women in India is an issue of major concern, and we are trying to contribute in our own way to prevent crimes against women,” say the girls, while recalling the heinous December 16, 2012 gang rape of a girl in a moving bus in Delhi as a result of which she died after having suffered brutal internal and external injuries during the assault.   

“It’s a nice experience to work on the issue of security. We hope that our proposal will help improve the plight of women in our country,” they say. 

First of its kind survey on PhD production in Computer Science in India
June 16, 2013

Giving an insight into the PhD production in India in Computer Science, a one of its kind survey conducted by Prof Pankaj Jalote, Director of  the Delhi government-created IIIT, has found that many top institutions were facing challenges in attracting good quality students apart from lack of  financial support in terms of fellowships/scholarships and grants for travel to conferences.

In the survey carried out by Prof Jalote for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), he says that PhD production in India in computer science has been “an issue of concern over the last many years.”

“The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in Computer Science in India, and then use it to identify useful trends and analyze these trends,” he says.

Top institutions like IITs, NITs (National Institute of Technology), JNU and IIITs were included in the survey as these are viewed as having the ability to produce decent quality PhDs, according to the study.

“We also asked the (concerned) departments of the institutions to provide a list of issues/challenges hampering the PhD program…. The two most common issues were problems in attracting good quality PhD students and lack of financial support in terms of fellowships/scholarships and grants for travel to conferences,”  Prof Jalote says in the survey.

The survey, which estimated that the PhD production in the Academic Year 2011-12 was around 125, says that PhD production is likely to grow gradually to about 225 per year in about 5 years.

On the areas of research prominent among the PhD students in India, it says Theory and Algorithms, Networks, and Information Assurance/Security were the top three choices of PhD students, who completed their PhDs between August 1, 2011 and July 30.

“If we look at the stipend provided during the PhD, the highest was Rs. 25,000, minimum was Rs 14,000, and the average stipend that a PhD student can expect in India is Rs 18,418. The median stipend is Rs 18,000,” the study says.

After completion of their degrees, most of the PhD students choose teaching in India as an employment option, which is followed by a Postdoctoral abroad, it adds.

“As the report indicates, the scenario is not as grim as often believed (commonly a number of about 50 per year was used). However, there is still a lot of ground to be covered, and strong measures are needed, if we were to reach a desired goal of 1000 or even 500 PhDs a year,” according to Prof Jalote.

The study was motivated by The Taulbee Survey in the US, which is conducted each fall since 1974 and is the principal source of information on the enrolment, production, and employment of PhDs in computer science and computer engineering (CS & CE) as also in providing salary and demographic data for faculty in CS & CE in North America.

The full report of the study can be accessed here.

Placement of the 2nd graduating batch
May 8, 2013

After the successful placement of the first graduating batch of IIIT Delhi, the B.Tech 2009 and the M.Tech 2011 batches have also fared fittingly. The sterling placement statistics of these two batches stands testimony to the fact that our graduates have the best combination of strong technical background with excellent soft skills. Even prior to the placements, many students of the B.Tech and M.Tech batches had already done internships in international universities, IT industry specific R&D labs and IT companies during the summers of 2011 and 2012.

Statistics regarding the B.Tech placements:

  • Out of a batch of 56 students, 50 opted to sit for the placement process and 37 got placed as of 21st March, 2013. Some of the companies that visited our institute include Microsoft India, Facebook, Google, Adobe, Accenture, Amazon, IBM, Infosys, Magic Software, TCS and Texas Instruments. There were a total of 24 companies that showed up at our institute.
  • Students got domestic as well as international job offers with 33 students being placed in India and 4 abroad. The highest salary offered for a job in India was INR 16 lacs per annum whereas 4 offers of INR 28.5 lacs per annum were the highest amongst international offers received.
  • The average salary for jobs offered in India was 8.4 lacs and the average including the overseas packages was 10.1 lacs. Out of the 33 students placed in India, 11 got packages of above 10 lacs per annum.
IIIT-D gets ‘Fast Emerging Government Engineering College’ award
April 18, 2013

IIIT-D has been bestowed with the ‘Fast Emerging Government Engineering College in Delhi’ award by the Brands Academy, a premier brand management and consulting firm in India.

IIIT-D registrar Ashwani Kansal received the award on behalf of the institute from the renowned ad guru Prahlad Kakkar at a gala ceremony held at the Hotel ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Chankya Puri, New Delhi on April 13.

The institute was chosen for the award in view of the “excellent response” it garnered from the respondents to opinion surveys for Brands Academy Education Awards -2013, according to the organizers.

There were three categories -– city/state, national and global – under which the awards were handed over at the ceremony.

Every year, the Brands Academy identifies and recognizes the achievements of some of the finest colleges and institutes with the Education Excellence Awards based on a comprehensive market research considering various criteria that include but are not limited to Infrastructure, Faculty, Placements, Strength of Students, Annual Growth, Students & Alumni Feedback, Feedback from the industry etc.

Denzil wins Ist prize at Planning Commission’s Hackathon
April 18, 2013

IIIT-D’s PhD scholar Denzil Correa along with his teammate has won the first prize in the ‘Visualization’ category in Delhi during a 31-hour Hackathon event organized by the Planning Commission of India at 10 major centres throughout the country on April 6-7.

Apart from the ‘Visualization’, the Hackathon had two categories -- ‘Short Films’ and ‘Mobile/Web applications’, focusing on seven sectors -- Macroeconomic framework, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Water and Environment, Energy, Education and Urban Development --  as covered under the 12th 5-year plan proposal. 

Denzil along with a non-IIIT member participated at the IIT-Delhi centre in the Visualization category for the Health Sector with specific focus on "Maternal and Child Care" in India.

“I am happy to tell you that we won the First Prize in the Visualization Category atthe Delhi centre.The winning team participants received a certificate and Rs. 15,000 as cash prize,” according to Denzil.

In order to better understand the Infographic, a small animation has been created by Denzil and his teammate which can be seen here
 
Some pictures from this event can be spotted here.
 
Prof. Saket speaks on internet censorship issue during DD News panel discussion
March 5, 2013

Amid a raging debate over web censorship in India, Professor Saket Srivastava of IIIT-Delhi feels that internet service providers cannot be taken to task blindly for objectionable content posted by users on their sites.

Prof Saket’s comments came during a panel discussion conducted by DD News which also involved leading Supreme Court advocate Pavan Duggal, against the backdrop of a court’s direction to Google, Facebook and other internet companies to remove certain objectionable content from their websites.

Maintaining that the internet service providers cannot be blamed always, Prof Saket argued that everybody is aware that stealing is a crime, it doesn’t mean that police should be in the dock whenever such a crime takes place. In the same manner, social media websites (such as Google and Facebook) cannot be put in the dock if users violate terms and conditions of using their websites, he stressed. “It is the users’ fault and they should be punished."

The service providers follow certain terms and conditions while operating their sites, he asserted.

Advocate Duggal, on his part, opined that internet companies should act in a responsible manner and cited the Information Technology Act, which requires intermediaries like ISPs to remove content that is found objectionable within a period of 36 hours of being notified of the content. Under the act, intermediaries are also required to warn users against posting or uploading a variety of objectionable content in their user agreements and other rules and regulations.

Authorities have been complaining that requests by them for removal of content from some websites have gone unheeded by internet companies, which also refuse to provide information on who had posted the content.

During the DD News talk, Prof Saket noted that prenatal sex determination is a serious crime, but if some hospitals or clinics still violate the rules and conduct sonography for this purpose, the technology manufactures cannot be prosecuted.

He pointed out that in some cases, Google and Facebook have both removed objectionable pages. However, he said, sometimes the internet service providers are not able to figure out whether the complaint against the content on their sites is politically-motivated.

His comments followed Google’s and Facebook’s petitions to the Delhi High Court in the wake of a lower court’s instructions to them to remove objectionable content from their websites.

IIIT-Delhi claims 3rd spot in Gwalior sports fest
February 13, 2013
IIIT-Delhi claims 3rd spot in at Gwalior sports fest

IIIT-D bags two golds at Gwalior sports fest, claims 3rd spot in 11-team event

A group of 49 students from IIIT-D led by Abhishek Singh performed stupendously in an 11-team sporting extravaganza in Gwalior, claiming gold in women’s basketball and men’s lawn tennis and settling for silver in two other events.

The national sports fest entitled ‘Twaran  2013’, organised by ABVP-IIITM-Gwalior,  was held from January 24 to 27, with IIIT-D securing third position in the medal tally after IIIT-Gwalior (1st)  and IIIT-Kanchipuram (2nd).

Students from IIIT-D took part in cricket, basketball,  football, lawn tennis, badminton and  table tennis matches, to name a few, and marvelled the viewers with their remarkable performances.

Apart from clinching gold in women’s basketball and men’s lawn tennis events, the IIIT-D team bagged silver in men’s squash and women’s volleyball. In the closely-contested basketball final match against IIIT-Gwalior, Varnika Singh from this institute got her jaw fractured.

The men's squash match -- where IIIT-D got a silver in a hard-fought contest against IIIT-Kanchipuram -- witnessed a marathon game as the final set of the second match stretched to 16 deuces with IIIT-D’s Abhishek Singh emerging victorious but IIIT-D eventually lost the third match and the gold to IIIT- Kanchipuram.

“There were spirited performances in men’s volleyball and table tennis events.  Women’s table tennis team also outperformed their opponents in several matches reaching the semi-final,” said Abhishek, the captain of the IIIT-D men’s football and table tennis teams.

All the students performed to the best of their potential and upheld the institute’s name, Abhishek, the IIIT-D sports coordinator, said.

“Keeping in mind the limited sports infrastructure we have at the moment, the institute performed exceptionally well.  Once we have our whole sports infrastructure ready, we shall perform even better,” he said.

Other than Abhishek and Varnika, the IIIT-D students who participated in the sporting event are: Akanksha Singh, Shivangi Yadav, Sampoorna Biswas, Shruti Nagpal, Sauhard Gupta, Anant Rana, Aakash Hada, Rohan Katyal, Pranav Chadha, Purujit Negi, Sushant Mehta, Bavneet Singh, Archit Taneja, Vivek Raj, Himanshu Singh, Anirudh Chakraborty, Aman Chahar, Prakhar Gupta, Ekampreet Kalsy, Ujjwal Gupta, Aakarsh Malhotra, Pranav Chikkara, Shubham Kaul, Raghav Sethi, Naresh Aditya Madhav, Prateek Malhotra, Vedanshi Kataria, Jahnavi Kalyani, Mansi Panwar, Archie Gupta, Jyotasana Bhardwaj, Nikhil Kumar, Kunal Kataria, Abhishek Kumar Singh, Piyush Yadav, Deepto Sarkar, Vishesh Narwal, Abhishek Kumar, Abhishek Kumar Gautam, Ankur Poria, Akkineni, Shantanu Goel, Shashank Gautam, Prateek Singh, Naved Alam, Shubham Singh and Abhishek Lakra.
 

IIIT-D team scores victory in Microsoft's Whodunit? Challenge
February 4, 2013

Adding to the growing list of IIIT-D’s achievements, a team of eight students of this institute, Kuldeep Yadav (PhD scholar), Siddhartha Asthana (PhD scholar), Akshit Nanda (BTech CSE), Aman Singhal (BTech ECE), Chirag Gupta (BTech CSE), Lakshay Pandey (BTech CSE), Sanchit Agarwal (BTech ECE) and Umang Arora (BTech ECE), have won Microsoft Research India's prestigious Whodunit? Challenge in record five hours and seven minutes, beating top contestants from all over India, including those from IITs, to clinch the Rs one lakh price.

The challenge launched on February 1 was a unique nationwide social gaming competition aimed at gaining insight into how people can use information and communication technologies to mobilise large groups into solving difficult problems.

Kuldeep and his team members decoded the challenge --  which is inspired by US military’s research arm DARPA’s Network Challenge  -- in just  five hours and seven minutes against the maximum challenge time of 15 days, using their mobile phones.
The IIIT-D team will receive a price of Rs one lakh, according to the organisers.

After his team's victory, an elated Kuldeep said that "IIIT-D has won this challenge beating teams from all over India, including those from IITs and finished the competition in record 5 hours and 7 minutes."

The goal of the contest  was to make the participants crack a fictional mystery case using their mobile phones. The winner had to discover five clues -- Who, What Where, When Why -- surrounding a mysterious event. To win the contest, the participants needed to work as a team.

"This is an interesting social experiment to see how people come together to form teams using mobile phone networks. While similar experiments have been carried out using the Internet as a medium, the fact that mobile phone penetration in India far outstrips Internet penetration could throw up some fascinating insights,”  Bill Thies of Microsoft Research India said ahead of the launch of the contest.

DARPA, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US military, has been hosting a series of such contests in America since 2004. However,  Microsoft  Research India,  which  is engaged in cutting-edge basic and applied research in multiple fields in computing, information technology and related areas, brought this unique challenge to India this year.

Scholars like Kuldeep enjoy excellent support from IIIT-D,  which has leading edge research groups in Information Management, Analytics, Security, Mobile Computing, Biometrics, and Software Engineering.

Research News
January 10, 2013

IIIT Delhi's third annual Research Showcase took place on 15th-16th March, 2013. A total of 39 posters and demos were presented, which included recent innovations by various research groups at the institute such as  Emerging Architecture and System Design, Cryptography and Forensics , Information Management and Data Analytics, Mobile and Ubiquitous computing, Security and Privacy, Software Engineering and Theory, as well as outstanding course projects developed by students. Out of these, 6 posters and demos were by undergraduates.

The event brought to the fore the scholarly work of engineering students that, besides advancing state of the art in computer science and electronics research, could also be directly applied in areas of public interests like healthcare, energy conservation, and online social networks etc.

Sponsored by Microsoft Research India, the event provided a platform to tech-savvy students to have a healthy discussion with industry leaders and top scholars from across the country.

Projects, which were on display, covered the entire spectrum of research from theory to applied research in both computer science and electronics domain. There were technologies, on display, that are being used in the field for energy monitoring, healthcare, information access, data mining, information retrieval, security etc.

Various other projects took on the challenges of circuit design, low cost hardware solutions that were suitable to Indian context, among others.

The Research Showcase was intended for faculty of other institutes, industry professionals, students, parents and other tech-savvy visitors. The organisers particularly invited students and faculty members from various technical institutes all over India.

Exhibits of real-world applications were on view and open for discussion, giving participants an opportunity to draw critical insights, and be a part of creative and intellectual activities. Faculty, staff, business and industry leaders came together for a collaboration portraying how research adds value to the community.

Collaboration with Australia's QUT
January 10, 2013

IIIT Delhi and Australia’s prestigious Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have joined hands for a collaborative PhD programme in a bid to promote cooperative educational exchanges.

Under the collaborative PhD programme, the two institutions will jointly develop a system of academic exchanges that will allow a doctoral student to perform coordinated research studies at both institutions with a minimum duration of one and a half year full-time studies spent at each institution. 

A PhD student will be jointly guided by supervisors from both institutions with the aim of obtaining PhD by satisfying the requirements and quality standards for the degree of each institution. A single dissertation based on the result of the research undertaken will be submitted for examination. Successful candidates will be eligible for a joint PhD award that names both institutions.

The joint PhD student will be supported financially by a scholarship, stipend or grant from the institutions, or from a third party. The stipend will be commensurate with the standards followed in each institution. Travel costs incurred by the student will also be covered.

Prof. Kumaraguru interviewed by Doordarshan
January 9, 2013
Prof. Kumaraguru interviewed by Doordarshan

Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru (PK) was interviewed in the Good Evening India program of Doordarshan on Jan 8, 2013. He discussed privacy and security issues in online social media services, like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. In particular, he discussed results from a recent study on privacy that he conducted with his PhD student, Niharika Sachdeva, "Privacy in India: Attitudes and Awareness V 2.0".

IIIT-D team winner of Microsoft's Whodunit? Challenge in India
January 9, 2013

A team of IIIT Delhi researchers cracked Microsoft Research India's coveted Whodunit? Challenge, a unique nationwide social gaming competition which aimed to gain insight into how people can use information and communication technologies to mobilise large groups into solving difficult problems.

PhD scholar Kuldeep Yadav and his team members --  Siddhartha, Lakshay, Akshit, Chirag, Sanchit, Umang and Aman -- decoded the challenge,  which was inspired by DARPA Network Challenge in the United States -- in five hours and seven minutes against the maximum challenge time of 15 days.

DARPA, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, is the US military's research arm and has been hosting a series of such contests in America since 2004.

The IIIT-D team won a prize of Rs one lakh after beating teams from all over India, including those from IITs.  The goal of the contest launched in February this year was to make the participants crack a fictional mystery case using their mobile phones. The winner had to discover five clues -- Who, What, Where, When and Why -- surrounding a mysterious event.

International conferences
January 9, 2013

Since the beginning of this year, IIIT-D faculty members have organised four  international conferences. Dr Amarjeet Singh was involved in ‘NORAD Seed Funding 2012: Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing Group’, a two-day meet which took place in January.

Dr Somitra Sanadhya co-organized a Workshop on Cryptanalysis of Symmetric Cryptographic Systems, sponsored by DRDO on February 28, 2013. Eminent experts Prof Vincent Rijmen (KU Leuven) and Dr Andrey Bogdanov (DTU Denmark) gave lectures as part of the workshop.

Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru was part of the Organizing Team of the recently concluded Security and Privacy Symposiumthat was held on February 28th, 2013, at IIT Kanpur. The symposium was aimed at initiating discussion among students, faculty and the researcher community in India about trends and progresses in the area of security and privacy.

Dr. Ashish Sureka was the Finance Chair at ISEC 2013, the 6th India Software Engineering Conference, held from February 21-23 2013, at New Delhi. It was the annual conference of ISOFT, India Software Engineering community, which is the Indian edition of chapter of SIGSOFT special interest group of ACM.

Dr Ponnurangam Kumaraguru co-organized Indo-UK workshop on cyber securitywith Dr Helen Biley of RCUK India from March 24-27. The initiative helped the two sides develop a mutual understanding of the research environments and systems in which they operate and of their respective ‘research cultures’. 

New Faculty
January 9, 2013

IIIT Delhi has added seven faculty members over the last six months --- Dr Shoba Sundar  Ram, Dr Haimonti Dutta, Dr Rajiv Raman, Dr Samresh Chatterjee,  Dr P B Sujith, Dr A V Subramanyam and Dr Angshul Majumdar  -- and they hold PhDs from prestigious institutions like University of Texas, University of Maryland, University of Iowa, IISc Bangalore, Nanyang Technological University, University of British Columbia and University of New South Wales. 

IIIT Delhi now has 33 permanent, 8 adjunct and 4 visiting faculty members.

Formal inauguration of IIIT-D permanent campus by the Chief Minister
January 8, 2013

The formal inauguration of IIIT Delhi's permanent campus at Okhla was held on 29th October, 2012 in the presence of Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi; Shri P.K. Tripathi, Chief Secretary of Delhi; and Shri Kiran Karnik, Chairperson, Board of Governors, IIIT-Delhi.

During her address, the Chief Minister made a few announcements which affirmed the Delhi Government’s commitment to the development of our institute.  "The government is keen to develop this institute as the world's best institute in IT and allied fields by offering highly innovative courses" Dikshit said, emphasising that there would not be any dearth of funds in this regard.

Full scholarship at IIIT-Delhi for meritorious students passing out of government schools was among the announcements made by Smt. Dikhit. This would help expose students with financially weak backgrounds to high quality education and research opportunities free of cost.

The Chief Minister also indicated her interest in the ‘hub and spoke model’ which could include numerous smaller academic, research, and housing facilities spread across Delhi and NCR, with the Okhla campus functioning as the ‘mother hub’.  If implemented, this could assist in overcoming space constraints and also increasing the strength of enrolled students and faculty.

To improve the connectivity of the campus, Smt. Dikshit announced the construction of an iconic foot over bridge which would connect the Okhla Metro station and the campus while passing over a green canopy. It would reduce the travel time and also make the walk from the Metro station safer and more enjoyable. The construction work on the bridge is to begin soon.

Honours, Recognition and Awards
January 8, 2013

The faculty and students of IIIT Delhi have received numerous awards for their papers and posters. Many have also been granted prestigious research grants and fellowships across the world such as Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research and IBM PhD Fellowship Award.

The following recognitions cover the time period between October 2012 and March 2013:

Fellowships and Faculty Grants

  •  Dublin Institute of Technology  awarded a 3-year grant to Gaurav Gupta and Vikram Goyal for working on detection of digitized document frauds, 2012
  •  Madhur Hasija and Monika Gupta (PhD 1st year) awarded the Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research
  •  Pandarasamy Arjunan has been awarded the prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship Award for the year 2013-2014

Best Poster/Paper Awards

  • Srishti Gupta (M-Tech) and Niharika Sachdeva (PhD) secured the 1st and 3rd positions respectively in the best poster category at IIT Kanpur’s Security and Privacy  Symposium, 2013
  •  Paridhi Jain and Niharika Sachdeva (PhD students) were awarded at IIT Kanpur’s Security and Privacy Symposium for best student participation.
  •  Samarth Bharadwaj won the 3rd prize at the 2nd Institute for Development and Research in Banking Tech Doctoral Colloquium, 2012 for his work titled "On Periocular Biometrics".
  •  PhishAri: Automatic Realtime Phishing Detection on Twitter by Anupama Aggarwal, Ashwin Rajadesingan and Ponnurangam Kumaraguru received the Best Paper Award at seventh IEEE APWG eCrime Researchers Summit (eCRS).
  • “On Iris Camera Interoperability” by S. S. Arora, M. Vatsa, R. Singh, and A. K. Jain received the best poster presentation award at BTAS, 2012.
  • Aditi, Akshit and Ponnurangam Kumaraguru received the 3rd prize (among 37) for their poster "Twit-Digest: A Web based Tool to Analyze and Visualize Twitter in Real Time" at IBM I-CARE, 2012.

Other Recognitions:

  •  Mohammad S. Hashmi authored a book on Advanced Microelectronics published by Springer, 2012.

 

IIIT-D – IT education redefined
January 1, 2013

IIIT-Delhi, which is pursuing its aim to be a global centre of excellence in Information Technology education, training and research, offers B-Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE), M-Tech and PhD programmes.

B-Tech

The B-Tech programme aims to encourage research and innovation in IT and allied areas. It follows an “inverted pyramid” course structure wherein a student starts with core CSE and ECE courses in the first two years, followed by general and science courses. The latter part of the programme provides flexibility in the form of electives. Humanities and social sciences form an integral part of the curriculum.

The CSE programme gives importance to the applications of computing science, while the ECE curriculum is directed to applications in major areas such as telecommunications, energy and electronics sectors, and at the same time encourages development of necessary skills for integration of hardware and software components.

M-Tech

The M-Tech programme aims to build research skills or industry-focused specialization. Students can choose to pursue M-Tech with or without assistantship, and with or without specialization. It is a credits-based programme and offers specialization in the fields of: Information Security, Data Engineering, Mobile Computing and VLSI and Embedded Systems.

PhD

The PhD programme requires students to do a limited coursework to enhance the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and emphasizes on focused research. Students can enter PhD programme after completing their B-tech or M-tech and are expected to choose their coursework accordingly. The institute offers scholars an attractive compensation, along with support for presenting papers at national and international conferences.

First Convocation of IIIT-D
January 1, 2013

IIIT Delhi’s first convocation, which took place on November 3, 2012, was all about celebrations, emotions and looking back at what the institute has achieved in the years since its inception in 2008.  Gracing the occasion with their presence were Chief Guest Shri N Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys; Hon’ble Lt Governor of Delhi Tejendra Khanna, who is also Chancellor of IIIT Delhi; and former NASSCOM President Shri Kiran Karnik, the Chairman of the institute’s Board of Governors. 

Director Prof Pankaj Jalote, in his address, enlightened the audience with information about the IIIT-D’s journey so far, covering facilities at its new permanent campus at Okhla to the successful placement of the first graduating batch. He also happily noted that Hon’ble Chief Minister had announced a Rs 250-crore support for phase II of the IIIT-D campus.

In his message, the Hon’ble LG said that IIIT-D has been able to realize the vision of Delhi Government of establishing a high quality, research-led Institute focused on IT and allied areas in the capital city. “In a very short span, the Institute has been able to attract very competent faculty in Computer Sciences and Electronics and Communication Engineering, and build a beautiful campus of its own at Okhla,” he said.

Chairman Karnik, in his message, said that the first convocation is a milestone in the history of any institution. “Thanks to the vision and far-sightedness of the Government of NCT Delhi, IIIT-D has a unique structure with an innovative organizational set up and considerable flexibility in operation.  These have been put to good use in working towards a high quality research-based educational institution which works closely with industry and government to ensure relevance combined with social sensitivity. Already, in a short span of time the institution, through the work of both, its faculty as well as students, has demonstrated this in ample measures,” he noted.

Shri Murthy’s inspiring speech at the event, in which he exhorted students to imbibe fundamentals of education as instruments to solve problems around them and continue to evolve with rapidly changing technology,  left everybody spell-bound.

He pointed out that despite making landmark advances, the Indian software industry has failed to support the growth of its own inventions and asked students to reinvent their idea of education to end this anomaly.

He noted that the much famed Indian software sector ends up importing every innovation from the West, notwithstanding the fact that the country produces a large number of software professionals.

Shri Murthy said that any success as a professional requires that one develops a mindset of curiosity and respect for intelligence and knowledge. “The most important requirement to be a successful professional is to constantly update technical ideas you learnt in your college, ask how these ideas can be used to deliver better value to your customer, and how you can make your life and your team’s life easier, better and more productive.”  

Startup based on PK's PhD dissertation wins Gold Award at 2012 Golden Bridge Awards
October 6, 2012
Phish Guru

During his PhD days, PK worked on PhishGuru, an email-based anti-phishing education system in which training messages are designed to look like phishing messages. When users "fall" for the training messages, PhishGuru takes advantage of the "teachable moment" and immediately teaches users how to avoid falling for real scams in the future.

PK also worked on Anti-Phishing Phil during his PhD life. These two technologies played a pivotal role in spinning off a start-up Wombat Security Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University.Wombat in the last couple of years have been gaining accolades, including, PhishGuru winning PC Magazine's Editor's choice award in 2012. The most recent award being Gold award in IT Training and Education at the 2012 Golden Bridge Awards.

Technologies Deployed and Developed
August 27, 2012

2011-2012

GrepFellas - A search engine for searching data on mobile devices, developed in HTML5 and suited for PCs. There are corresponding apps for Android and Symbian (S40 and S60) devices. This project was guided by Vinayak Naik.

mBackup: Mobile application for backing up resources on the mobile phone on the cloud (currently using Dropbox account on the cloud and the mobile app is available for Android). The application was developed as B.Tech. project by Atul Goyal (UG, 2012) and is available for download at Google Play (50‐100 installations). This project was guided by Vinayak Naik.

Medicine for Disaster: Mobile application providing details about medicine to be taken during a disaster including its dosage, side effects etc. Content for this app was provided by our collaborator Prof. Roy Chaudhury at AHERF. The application was developed by Atul Goyal (UG, 2012) and is available for download at Google Play (100‐500 installations). This project was guided by Amarjeet Singh.

Blood Bank (OpenMRS): Enhanced Blood Bank module for the open source openMRS. Developed by Apurv Mehra and Sanchit Sharma (UG, 2013), in collaboration with our NGO collaborators, Health Information Systems Programme (HISP). Work for this module was done as Independent Project in Monsoon Semester, 2011. The module is currently live in the District Hospital in Shimla and is being replicated at other hospitals across the state. This project was guided by Amarjeet Singh.

PhishAri: Detecting Phishing in Twitter: PhishAri is a Chrome browser extension for Twitter which detects phishing tweets in realtime. PhishAri provides a clean, easy to use interface to display phishing tweets on your Twitter timeline. One can download PhishAri (beta version) from the Chrome Web store. This project was guided by Ponnurangam Kumaraguru.

2010-2011

CVDMagic Application: An application for early detection of Cardio-Vascular Disease based on previously proposed studies using non-laboratory based tests. The application was developed within the Sana Framework and deployed in rural areas of Punjab with Electronic Health Point (EHP) who are setting up rural clinics in that state. The healthcare worker from EHP collected data for about 190 people using the application and we are in the process of analyzing the collected data and working on a paper for ICTD 2012. This project was guided by Vinayak Naik.

Disha Journey Planner: Developed as an internship project and later on modified to include extensive database from the industrial partner – DIMTS, this application provides the user with route information for going between any two places in Delhi using public transport. The application is currently hosted and maintained by our industrial partner – Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transportation Systems (DIMTS). This project was guided by  Vinayak Naik.

Right Fare: Developed as an internship project, the application takes two locations in Delhi as input over SMS and calculates the approximate auto fare between the two given locations. The application also returns the list of landmarks that will come on the way. The service is supposed to help people knowing the shortest possible route between any two locations and avoid being overcharged. Our industrial collaborator, a startup called Ideophone. (The name by Ideophone is changed to Autofare http://www.ideophone.in/products/sms/) has now further extended the service with some additional features including support for multiple cities by. This project was guided by Vinayak Naik.

IIIT-Delhi moves into its own campus in Okhla
July 28, 2012

Since 2008, IIIT-Delhi had been operating out of its transit campus, at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology from September 2008 to July 2012. But as of August 2012, the permanent campus is now operational. This campus is spread over 25 acres of land allocated in the G.B. Pant Polytechnic compound, in Okhla. 

Phase I of the construction is complete, with 30,000 sq.m. of building space for its functioning, including a Faculty and Research Building for 50 faculty members and 8 research centres, several Lecture Halls for a total capacity of approximately 800, a Library and Information Centre, Faculty Residences, a Dining and Recreation Centre, 2 Boys’ Hostels and a Girls’ Hostel.

The five-storey Academic Building has a total of ten lecture halls. There are two lecture halls with a capacity to seat 179, one of capacity 159, two of capacity 60 and five of capacity 30.
The administrative offices and the finance department is also housed within the same building, along with the Director’s office, conference rooms, a board room, a formal seating and discussion area and a few faculty offices.

The Faculty and Research wing has a capacity of 50 faculty members and 8 research labs, along with the PhD rooms and MTech labs. There are also seating areas to foster discussions and sharing of thoughts. The Library and Information Center has a common study area for students on the ground floor, the library on the first floor and several labs on the upper floors. The Dining and Recreation Centre contains the students’ mess which is spread over two floors, a cafeteria and facilities for extra-curricular activities, such as Music Room and Gymnasium.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Hostels have accommodation and facilities for 350 and 170 students, respectively. Some of the rooms have a great view of the Lotus Temple from their balconies.

International Conferences Organized
July 28, 2012

IIIT-Delhi was the host of two international conferences, the 5th IAPR/IEEE International Conference on Biometrics which was organized in March 2012, and the Indo-US Workshop organized in February  2011 in partnership with the University of Buffalo, USA.

Pankaj Jalote, Richa Singh, Mayank Vatsa and Samarth Bharadwaj were members of the Organizing Committee of the 5th IAPR/IEEE International Conference on Biometrics which was hosted by IIIT Delhi. It is an official conference of the IAPR Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4) and IEEE Biometrics Council. The keynote speakers were Nandan Nilekani (Chairman, UIDAI, India), John Daugman (Professor, University of Cambridge, UK) and Ming Hsieh (President, 3M Cogent Inc., USA). For more details about the conference visit here.

In February 2011, the Indo-US Workshop on Effective Teaching at College/University Level was organized by IIIT Delhi in partnership with the University of Buffalo, USA. It was sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. The workshop aimed to initiate discussion between academicians of USA and India on the current best practices in different areas of teaching.

Best Paper/Poster Awards/Faculty Awards/Fellowships
July 28, 2012

In the last three years, a number of students and faculty have received awards for their papers and posters in various national and international conferences. Several PhD students have been awarded internationally competitive fellowships.

Fellowships and Faculty Grants

Since 2010, 8 PhD students have won the TCS Research Scholarship. Anush Sankaran and Paridhi Jain, both then 1st year PhD students, won the award in 2010; Tejas Dhamecha (then PhD 2nd year), Praful Agrawal (then PhD 1st year), Shruti Chhabra (then PhD 1st year), Siddhartha Asthana (then PhD 2nd year), won the award in 2011; Ayushi Rastogi (PhD 2nd year) and Niharika Sachdeva (PhD 2nd year) won the award in 2012.
Recipients of the scholarship receive a monthly stipend from TCS, for a maximum period of four years, as well as travel grants for conferences and seminars. Every year, 40 students pursuing a PhD in computer science are selected from all across India.

Denzil Correa (PhD 2nd year), Aditi Gupta (PhD 1st year) and Paridhi Jain (PhD 1st year) received the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Travel Fellowship in 2010. This Fellowship  covers expenses for the Fellows to two domestic conferences and two international conferences. The Fellowship was awarded to 35 people from a total of 715 applications that were received.

Himanshu Bhatt received the prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship for 2011-2012 in his 2nd year. The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards are given to exceptional PhD students from all over the world. The Fellows receive a stipend for a period of one year and are advised by an IBM Mentor. For the year 2011-2012, only 80 PhD students worldwide received this Fellowship.

Shishir Nagaraja and  Amarjeet Singh received the highly coveted IBM Faculty Award. Shishir Nagaraja also received the Google Faculty Research Award. Both are competitive programs; one-year awards are granted to full-time professors of top universities across the world.

Kuldeep Yadav (PhD 2nd year) received Microsoft Research India PhD Fellowship Award in 2011. The Fellowships are given annually to only five PhD students in Indian universities, studying in the field of computer science and related areas. The award comprises of a monthly stipend given over a period of maximum 4 years, a laptop and a travel grant of Rs. 2,50,000 for conferences and seminars.

Ashish Sureka,  Pushpendra Singh,  Vikram Goyal,  Shishir Nagaraja,  Richa Singh and  Mayank Vatsa each received a research grant from DST in 2010 and 2011 under SERC Fast Track Scheme for Young Scientists in Engineering Science.

Vinayak Naik and  Amarjeet Singh received a grant from Microsoft Research India for their research in the field on Mobile Computing. Both professors belong to the Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing research group.

Somitra Sanadhya received a research grant from CAIR, DRDO for his research on Randomness of Short Sequences.

Vinayak Naik received a research grant from Nokia Research Center for Mobile Health in 2011, for exploratory research in mobile health applications.

Kuldeep Yadav (PhD 3rd year) & Amar Prakash Yadav (BTech 4th year) received an academic grant from NVIDIA in the form of prototypes of Tegra super processors, for their project FaceTab: Enabling Facial Recognition on Tablets.

Samarth Bharadwaj (PhD 3rd year) received a grant for the IEEE International Joint Conference for Biometrics (IJCB) Doctoral Consortium in 2011.

Mayank Vatsa received a travel fellowship by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to attend IEEE International Joint Conference on Biometrics (IJCB) in 2011.

Richa Singh received a travel fellowship from DST to attend IAPR International Conference on Pattern Recognition, in 2010.

Vinayak Naik,  Raja Sengupta, and  Amarjeet Singh were awarded the CRE National Geographic grant in 2012, along with Deborah Estrin and Antonia Arnaert of University of California, Los Angeles and McGill University, respectively, for investigating the use of cell phone for detecting and controlling infectious diseases.

Somitra Sanadhya was awarded a grant from Naval Research Board in 2012, for design and analysis of some cryptographic primitives.

Best Poster/Paper Awards

Samarth Bharadwaj (PhD 2nd year), Himanshu Bhatt (PhD 2nd year),  Richa Singh and  Mayank Vatsa of the Image Analysis and Biometrics Research Group won the IEEE BTAS best poster award for their research poster titled: Face Recognition for Newborns: A Preliminary Study.
They also won the best poster award at IEEE/IAPR International Joint Conference on Biometrics in 2011, along with  Afzel Noore and  Arun Ross from West Virginia University, for their paper: On Co-training Online Biometric Classifiers.

Anupama Agarwal (MTech 2nd year) and  Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, along with Fabricio Benevenuto (Assistant Professor at Federal University of Ouro Preto)  were awarded the best paper award at the 8th Annual Collaboration, Electronic messaging, Anti-Abuse and Spam Conference (CEAS 2011) for their paper: Phi.sh/$oCiaL: The Phishing Landscape through Short URLs.

Kuldeep Yadav (PhD 4th year) received Google Best Presentation Award at PhD Forum, 2012 ACM MobiSys for his presentation titled Building Low cost Localization System for Mobile Phones without War-driving.

Richa Singh and  Mayank Vatsa along with  Afzel Noore and  Arun Ross of West Virginia University received the Best Poster Award at IEEE Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems, 2009, for their paper titled: Online Learning in Biometrics: A Case Study in Face Classifier Update.

A research paper titled Simultaneous Latent Fingerprint Recognition: A Preliminary Study by Richa Singh and Mayank Vatsa, along with Afzel Noore and Keith Morris of West Virginia University, was selected among the five best technical papers at IEEE Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Applications and Systems, 2009.

Professor Jalote to Conduct ACM Survey on PhD Production in India in Computer Science
July 16, 2012

PhD production in India in computer science has been an issue of concern over the last many years. In most discussions and reports, back-of-the-envelope calculations are used to estimate this data – often stated as less than 50.  The purpose of this study is to collect reasonably reliable data on PhD production in CS in India, and then use it to identify useful trends, do some analysis, etc. This exercise is heavily influenced and motivated from the Taulbee report in US.  Professor Pankaj Jalote, Director IIIT Delhi, will lead this effort on behalf of ACM India.

The report of the survey for academic year 2011-12 has now been accepted and released by ACM. A copy of the report can be found here.  

Methodology to be Used

List of Institutes to be included in the study (LOI):

  • TIFR, CMI, IMSc
  • All IITs, IISc
  • The following NITs: Trichy, Surathkal, Warangal, MNIT Allahabad, Nagpur, Bhopal 
  • IIITs with a PhD program: Allahabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi
  • ISI Kolkata
  • Jadhavpur University
  • JNU
  • DA-IICT
  • University of Pune
  • Amrita University
  • BHU IT
  • BITS Pilani
  • IITB-Monash Academy

A study like this must identify a list of Institutions (LoI) from which it will collect data. As India has an extremely large University setup with widely variable quality it is not feasible to identify LoI on the basis of “PhD granting Institutions” vs. not, as the Taulbee report does. We must find some other acceptable method to identify the list of Institutions to include in this study, not only to have a consistent set but also to ensure that the report focuses primarily on PhDs from places which are viewed as having the ability to produce decent quality.

The following approach is being used for identify the LoI: Some institutions, by virtue of their standing and reputation, will be included in LoI. Besides these Institutions, if an Institution has 5 or more faculty members with PhD in Computer Science, and is considered as worthy of inclusion by the review board, it will be included in LoI.

The Review Board consists of HODs of CSE of original five IITs, IISc, and TIFR; heads of Microsoft Research, IBM research, TCS Labs, Infosys Labs;  and some ACM India Council members.

This time, initially some Institutions were identified as being in LoI. This list was sent to Review Board members, who then suggested various other names. From these, an initial LoI was identified. There were some other institutions whose names were suggested by some but it was not clear whether they should be included or not. For these, an online poll was conducted of members of the review board. Those institutions who were voted by a majority were then included in the LoI (see right).

Process of Information Collection

Institutes in LoI will be sent a form to fill. They will be followed up. If they do not provide information within a period of time, then the information publicly available from their website will be used, and a filled form will be sent to the Institute, and they will be given one week for verification.

Any comments about this process – please send mail to Prof. Jalote.

List of Respectable Research Conferences in India

List of conferences (in no order): 

  • FSTTCS,
  • COMAD,
  • ISEC,
  • HiPC,
  • VLSI Design,
  • VDAT 
  • Indian Conference on Vision, Graphics and Image Processing
  • ACM Compute
  • Indian Conference on Logic and its Applications
  • ICDCN
  • ICISS (International Conference on Information Systems Security)
  • Indocrypt
  • ICISS
  • COMSNET
     

A somewhat related exercise was done to identify the list of research conferences in CS in India that can be considered of decent quality.  For this exercise also, a criteria was first established, then a mail was sent to various senior researchers to suggest conferences - suggestions were then vetted by a set of senior academicians. 

The criteria for inclusion in this list was:  A conference will be included in the list of "good CS research conferences in India" if it has been running for a few years, has a tradition of having a strong program committee and proper reviews, and which is listed in DBLP, ACM DL, IEEE DL, or Springer DL. For the list, see the box to the right. If you want to suggest including a conference in this list, please send a mail to Prof. Jalote giving information about the conference (e.g. how long it has been running, composition of program committee, accept rate, etc). For including, views of senior academicians/researchers in that area will be taken.

 

Software Engineering course project featured on CNBC TV18
June 8, 2012

Television channel CNBC TV18 featured the project Academic ERP on IVRS on 9th June (first episode) and will show its second episode on 16th June. The project was done by a group of 3rd year BTech(CSE) students Jatin Kumar, Aadish Gupta, Sanchit Garg for their Software Engineering course in Monsoon 2011 semester. TV18 is presenting this project as a part of the MAD LTD competition (Make a Difference, Lead the Difference).

The goal of the project is to bring about more transparency and automation in student administration in schools, colleges, universities, and coaching centers. More details on the competition entry can be found at http://madltd.com/profile.php?acc=16253

Srikanta Bedathur to head a Max Planck Partner Group at IIIT-Delhi
April 3, 2012

The nomination of Srikanta Bedathur, Assistant Professor at IIIT-Delhi, to head the Max Planck Partner Group with Prof. Gerhard Weikum of Max Planck Institute of Informatics, has been accepted jointly by the Max Planck Society of Germany and the Department of Science and Technology, India. He will establish and head the group that will work on various facets of mining and searching over large-scale graphs such as the social networks, knowledge-graphs and Linked Open Data (LOD) graphs.

Max Planck Partner Groups can be established in institutes worldwide, to work in close collaboration with a Max Planck Institute on certain high-priority research areas. Each year a few outstanding junior scientists with earlier affiliation with an MPI are awarded this in order to lead a well-equipped high-capacity research laboratory in his/her home country. By 2011, there were totally 41 Partner Groups established across the world, out of which 10 were in India. The Partner Groups in India will be funded with a total EURO 20,000 p.a. by the Max Planck Society and a matching grant from the Department of Science and Technology, India, initially for 3 years and upto 5 years.

BTech(IT) program name changed to BTech(CSE)
February 27, 2012

The Academic Senate (which includes faculty members from IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIIT Hyderabad, IIIT Bangalore) and the Board of Governors of IIIT-Delhi has approved that the name of the current BTech program be changed from BTech in Information Technology (IT) to BTech in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) with immediate effect. Inputs from various stakeholders, including current students, were taken before making this change.

The core mandate of IIIT-Delhi is to take forward the state of the art in IT through education and research. So far the primary foci were the computing and the software aspects of IT. The institute is now starting a B.Tech. program in Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) to focus also on the communication and the hardware aspects of IT. With the introduction of this separate B.Tech. program, it is necessary to rename B.Tech. in IT to B.Tech. in CSE. The curriculum of the current B.Tech. program is already well aligned to a Computer Science and Engineering program, as all the core computing courses of a typical CSE program are included in the core of current program, and overall computing courses are more than that of a typical CSE program. There is no change in the curriculum and focus of the program, and this change is only a change in name. A scanned copy of the office order for affecting this change is available here.

IIIT-Delhi shines at IIITM-Gwalior Sports Fest
January 28, 2012

IIIT-Delhi's Sports Team participated for the second time this year in Twaran 2012 - IIITM Gwalior's sports festival. College teams from all over the country participated and the IIIT-Delhi team stood 3rd in the in the medals tally with 2 golds and 2 silvers

Medals were won in the following sports:
  • Lawn Tennis (Boys)   Gold
  • Basketball (Girls)       Gold
  • Football (Boys)          Silver
  • Table Tennis (Girls)    Silver
Sushant MehtaMegha Gupta and Aakarsh Malhotra were also adjudged Most Valued Player in Lawn Tennis, Basketball and Football respectively.
Atmel offers hardware units to setup Atmel Microcontroller Unit Lab
January 10, 2012
Atmel offers hardware units to setup Atmel Microcontroller Unit Lab

IIIT-Delhi received 75 microcontroller hardware units from Atmel Corporation worth $6420 as part of Atmel University Program to setup Atmel Microcontroller Unit Lab at IIIT Delhi. These units will be used for teaching in Embedded systems course as well as for research in both Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Group as well as Emerging Architecture and System Design Group.

The units received are as follows:
1. 25 units of Xmega-A1 explained boards
2. 30 units of AVR Dragon boards
3. 25 units of EVK1100 evaluation kits

(Photo © 2011 Atmel Corporation)
ECE program to be launched in Aug 2012
December 9, 2011

ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering) program to be launched in 2012

 
Information Technology is a broad area resting on Computing and Communication technologies and is nurtured by two major disciplines.

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
which covers computing science and its applications
 

Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE)
which covers computing systems and
science and engineering of communication technologies

 

IIIT-Delhi's mission is to become a globally respected institution for research and education in Information Technology and allied areas. It started with programs in CSE, and is about to launch its ECE programs in academic program 2012.

The institute currently has one adjunct professor and five regular faculty members with EE/ECE background and is looking to hire several more to support its education and research programs in ECE. There will be a recruitment drive in early 2012 to be held in USA specifically held to recruit ECE/EE faculties (details are here). Prof. Sumit Roy of University of Washington has been appointed as External Consulting Chairman for building strong research groups in various areas of ECE.

Updated 20th April, 2012: IIIT-Delhi is launching ECE programs at all levels, as B.Tech., M.Tech. and PhD from academic year 2012. The M.Tech. program will have a specialization in VLSI and Embedded Systems. Curriculum and other details of these programs will be soon available on the website. Admissions to these programs will be conducted in the next few months and details about them will be available on the admission webpages.

Sumit Roy
External Consultant Chairman (ECE) & Adjunct Professor, IIIT-Delhi
Professor, Communications and Networking, University of Washington

PhD (2009), Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Mobile Sensing, Approximation Algorithms, Environmental Monitoring, Low Cost Technologies
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Mohammad S. Hashmi (Assistant Professor)
PhD (2009), Electronics Engineering, Cardiff University, UK
RF Measurements, PA Design and Linearization, RF Systems, Software Defined Radio
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PhD (2008), Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA
Hybrid Nano/CMOS Architecture, Emerging Technologies, Device Modeling and Simulation
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PhD (2011), Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, USA
Wireless Systems, Vehicular Networks, Delay Tolerant Networks, Disaster Management, Intelligent Transportation
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PhD (2007), Computer Science, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Computer Architecture, Performance Modeling of Computer Systems, Low Power Design
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Sujay Deb (Assistant Professor)
PhD (2012), Washington State University
Multi-core processor architectures, Wireless Network-on-Chip, Emerging interconnection technologies for multi-core chips
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IIIT-Delhi featured in HT Education
November 16, 2011

IIIT-Delhi was featured in Hindustan Times Education as a youthful and close-knit institute with a "Delhi connection". The article, primarily as a guide for prospective students, mentions the programmes, infrastructure and student life in IIIT-Delhi.

IIIT-Delhi's BTech program rated next only to IIT Delhi's in NCR
November 1, 2011

An article in the Hindustan Times Education by a highly respected academic rates IIIT-Delhi's BTech program next only to that of IIT Delhi in CS/IT in Delhi region.

Read the entire article here:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/HTEducation/education/The-future-is-here/SP-Article1-763507.aspx

 

"The Week" ranked IIIT-Delhi 3rd best engineering college in Delhi
June 5, 2011

Right at the onset of summer, around May-June, comes the admission season in India. With so many engineering colleges all over this country, it is indeed a challenge to find the best ones among them.

The Week ran a cover story in their issue of 5th June, 2011 on the top engineering colleges in India. A ranking of these colleges was published based on a survey done by THE WEEK-Hansa Research. IIIT-Delhi was ranked as the 9th best engineering college in the Northern India zone and 3rd best in Delhi. Among all the colleges all over India, IIIT-Delhi was ranked at 34.

 

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June 1, 2011

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IIIT-Delhi helps MCI in assessment of medical colleges in India
March 20, 2011

As reported by the Times of India,

The six-member governing body of the Medical Council of India has tied up with the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology to create a special software that will randomly choose dates and inspectors to visit colleges.

IIIT-D organizes its first Research Showcase – RS’11
March 12, 2011

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi has organized its first Research Showcase – RS’11. The two day event showcased prominent research projects at the institute – many of which were featured in leading conferences or are live working systems.  Through RS’11, IIIT-Delhi gave to the outside world a snapshot of the work that has been going on in full frenzy by its students and researchers throughout the year. A total of 34 projects were put on display - 13 in the Research Project category, and 21 in the Course Project category. The projects spanned a diverse range of topics – some attacked real world problems while others explored new concepts, conjoint in their passion for technology and ingenious ideas.

The event was attended by researchers from IBM TJ Watson Research Center, IBM India Research Labs, TCS Innovation Labs, DRDO, NIC, IIT Delhi, ABB Corporate Research. Student and faculty from college/universities from NCR like DU, IP, DCE, NSIT etc have also attended the event and appreciated IIIT-D's research. The event ended with the announcement of best projects from Mr. Kiran Karnik who is Chairman of Board of Governors at IIIT-Delhi.

First Prize: Android based Distributed Chat and File Sharing Application (Amar Yadav, Naman Jain, Nikhil Shekhawat)

Second Prize: Game Therotic Model for Secret Sharing (Varun Gandhi)

People's Choice Award: Delhi Transit (Aman Gupta, Ashish Gupta, Gaurav, Gaurav Saluja)

Biometric group to work on massive parallelism of GPUs for Biometric applications
March 8, 2011

Samarth Bharadwaj (2nd year PhD Student), Mayank Vatsa and Richa Singh have received NVIDIA's academic partnership support. Through this support, NVIDIA© will provide a Telsa© GPU and associated software to the  Image Analysis Lab. They will work on harnessing massive parallelism of GPUs for Biometric applications in very large scale identity projects.

Indo-US Workshop on Efficient Teaching at College/University Level
February 12, 2011

This 3 day Indo-US workshop was held here at IIIT-Delhi on Friday 10th, 11th and 12th with the primary objective of creating awareness in improving teaching and learning methods in university/college level.  The Indian educational system needs a revamping to keep up with the growing educational crisis.This workshop disseminated some of the best teaching practices that help students indulge in innovative learning, gathered from around the world. This event was jointly organized with University of Buffalo and sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum.

The workshop observed some of the eminent philosophistsand educationists, including Dr. Jason of University of Buffalo, Dr. Lucinda of State University of New York and many others, converging and putting forth their thoughts into one. The 3-days covered a variety of topics including the effectiveness of lecture hours, the importance of course design, the necessity of having good assessment mechanisms and a lot more. There were two exclusive panel discussions that focussed on specific topics like MTech Certificate Program and initiation of new teaching centres in India. In a session conducted for students, the various hurdles that students face in their learning activities were addressed.

The second day of the workshop had a cultural event in the evening followed by a banquet dinner. In the third day all the interested delegates were taken for an all-Delhi tour. This workshop clubbed the two sides of the coin of teaching and learning and also brought together different ideologies of teaching from around the globe.

Linda from Clemson University said “India will be friendly to these new methods of teaching …” and this workshop stood as an example for it.

 

Kaleidoscope (vol 2, issue 1) published
January 31, 2011

Kaleidoscope is the biannual newsletter of IIIT-Delhi ACM chapter.

The first issue of 2011 was published on 31st January. You can read it here or pickup a hardcopy in the library. The editorial board would love to have your feedback via editorialboardiiitd.ac.in.

DISHA goes beta on DIMTS website
December 29, 2010

It started as a competition between two teams of undergraduate students trying to make the same software to help the people of Delhi with their commute using public transportation - DTC buses and Delhi Metro. The two teams combined their effort together to produce a prototype system that immediately caught the attention of both our honorable Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit as well as the organization Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS) Limited. With more accurate and updated route information for DTC buses provided by DIMTS and further technology changes, the team of undergraduates put together a robust system that is now available for beta release by DIMTS on their website - http://www.dimts.in/.

The journey planning system rightly named Disha (meaning "direction") is the first such online system that integrates both the route information from multiple DTC routes as well as up to date information about the Delhi Metro together to provide the most optimal route across any destination in the city.

Key undergraduate members involved in the project are Aman Gupta, Ashish Gupta, Gaurav and Gaurav Saluja with help from Aman Sahni, Pratyush Tripathi, Rohit Kishore, Siddhartha Srivastava and Stuti Ajmani (all third year students). All through the guidance was provided by Kuldeep Yadav and the faculty members namely Pankaj Jalote, Vinayak Naik, Pushpendra Singh and Amarjeet Singh.

Keynote speech by Pankaj Jalote in SRDS 2010
November 3, 2010

Pankaj Jalote gave a keynote in the 29th IEEE International Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS), held in New Delhi. His keynote speech was entitled "Crowd Researching: Engaging Practitioners in Software Reliability Research".

Ministry of Surface Transport project
July 20, 2010

IIIT-Delhi is a major contributor in the Nandan Nilekani Committee, set by Ministry of Surface Transport, for recommending standards and framework for implementation of Electronic Toll Collection in India. Prof. Pankaj Jalote from IIIT-Delhi was a key member of this committee which finalized the technology to be adopted for vehicles, framework for toll collection, and framework for implementation. The report was accepted by the Minister on July 2, 2010. Final report

Amarjeet interviewed by Radio Australia
July 5, 2010

Radio Australia interviewed Amarjeet Singh on mobile health collaboration projects of IIIT-D with the Sana Group, MIT. Interview

Foundation laid for the permanent campus of IIIT-Delhi at Okhla
July 1, 2010
Hon CM of Delhi, Ms. Shelia Dikshit, lays the foundation of Permanent Campus of IIIT-Delhi at Okhla. Construction of the Permanent Campus has already started in Okhla, where the Institute has been allotted 25 Acres of land in the GB Pant Polytechnic compound. The Phase I of the Campus will come up in the next 15 months at a cost of appx. Rs 80 crore, and will have a total area of appx 30000 sqm containing an R&D block, an academic block, boys and girls hostels, a student activity center with food court and other facilities, and a faculty residence block. The campus will employ many energy and water saving features.