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Kanpur, January 23, 2023: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur conducted a seven-day hands-on training programme on “Advanced Characterization Techniques", as part of Department of Science & Technology (DST)-sponsored Synergistic Training Program Utilizing the Scientific and Technological Infrastructure (STUTI), from 16th to 22nd January 2023, on campus. The program was aimed at helping Ph.D. scholars and faculty of tier 2/tier 3 universities enhance their knowledge on research and development, through hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment available at IIT Kanpur. It was organized in coordination with Amity University.
During the seven days training, participants received lab demonstrations, insightful lectures, detailed discussions and interactive sessions. The inauguration ceremony was held on 16th January with opening remarks from Prof. A R Harish, Dean of Research and Development, IIT Kanpur. "This programme would help the participants to get introduced to the sophisticated scientific instruments. All the participants should try to benefit as much as possible from the opportunity by bringing all their queries. I hope they get inspired and share the acquired knowledge at their respective institutions,” he said.
Highlighting the significance of the Programme, Dr. A Chakraborty, Deputy Director General, Amity Foundations for Science Technology and Innovation Alliance, added, "This programme would enable the participants to be competitive and stand shoulder to shoulder with the scientists from different parts of the world. They should look to share whatever they learn here at their home institutions".
Prof. B V Rathish Kumar, Head Centre for Continuing Education, IIT Kanpur, and Prof. Soumik Mukhopadhyay, Dept. of Physics emphasized, "The participants were given a platform to learn from each other as collaborative learning is the key to academic success. They learnt different experimental techniques, but they should try and get to know the underlying theoretical concept behind these techniques as well."
Prof. Rohit Medwal from the Department of Physics, IIT Kanpur said, “The participants should not utilize this programme as a bare learning of facts; instead, they should look to be creative, train their minds to think beyond what has been demonstrated and look to employ these techniques in their respective fields as the need arises”.
At the end of programme, Prof. Harshawardhan Wanare, Head, Department of Physics, IIT Kanpur stated that the students should be creative and do things on their own for better understanding. He also urged participants to learn from their peers to harness the new and emerging areas of science and technology for the societal benefits. Prof. Rohit Medwal, offered vote of thanks to researchers and volunteering staff for their technical and administrative support which helped in the smooth execution of the STUTI programme.
About IIT Kanpur:
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur was established on 2nd November 1959 by an Act of Parliament. The institute has a sprawling campus spread over 1055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 22 centres, and 3 Interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with 540 full-time faculty members and approximately 9000 students. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.
For more information, visit www.iitk.ac.in.