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Start-Up Station

At India’s best engineering institute, excellence is the norm, change the only constant and entrepreneurship the mantra of the future

Harshita Das

The primary focus at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)Delhi is to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship and research, right from the BTech to the PhD level. “IIT-Delhi probably has the country’s best developed ecosystem for entrepreneurship,” says V. Ramgopal Rao, the institute’s director. “Of the 21 unicorns built by IITians, 11 are by Delhi IITians. In the past two years, we have also invested close to Rs 100 crore in revamping the experimental facilities for research at the campus.”

To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among the faculty as well, India’s top-ranked engineering college has started a weekly initiative called Faculty Innovation and Research Entrepreneurship (FIRE), where faculty members who wish to turn their research work into a start-up can work on their projects, which would be funded by the institute.

Be it faculty or students, IIT-Delhi attracts the best. Declared an Institute of Eminence by the Union human resource development ministry, it has set new goals for the future. The institute aims to develop a strong global outlook and aspires to be among the top 50 in the World University Rankings within the next decade. “We are pushing for internationalisation by recruiting more foreign faculty,” says Rao. “We want to recruit 100 foreign faculty members in the coming five years and have announced 500 PhD fellowships for foreign students.” For the first time in IIT-Delhi's history, the institute is offering a joint PhD programme in collaboration with foreign universities. The international partners are the University of Queensland, Australia, and Taiwan&rs

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