Under the Union government’s GIAN programme, IIT Kharagpur has started conducting short courses on the latest and trending technologies that are most in demand. The institute showed particular interest in Nanobiotechnology, a relatively young discipline whose purpose is the juxtaposition of nanoscience and biotechnologies. It bridges some of the most exciting and prospective scientific disciplines, feeding on the creative input of physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists, medical practitioners, pharmacologists, and engineers from different milieus, ranging from the mechanical to the electrical to the biomedical, requiring more multidisciplinary openness than perhaps any scientific discipline. These new approaches are being taken up.
Other courses like ‘Smartgrid Operation with Renewables’ have also been started. The focus here is on electricity generation from renewable sources since there is a need to it increase significantly and to achieve the goal of sustainable energy for all. There is growing evidence in many countries that high levels of renewable energy penetration in the grid are technically and economically feasible, particularly as solar and wind technologies increasingly reach grid parity in economic terms. The course incorporates information and communication technology into every aspect of electricity generation, delivery and consumption in order to minimize environmental impact, enhance markets, improve reliability and service, and reduce costs and improve efficiency.
The courses can be attended by BTech, MSc, MS, MTech and PhD students along with executives, engineers and researchers from manufacturing, service and government organizations including R&D laboratories. Provision is made for video-based scene understanding course, done through computer vision — a field that includes methods for acquiring, processing, analyzing, and understanding images and, in general, high-dimensional data from the real world in order to produce numerical or symbolic information. These courses would surely benefit a lot of students in the long run.
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