Research Scholars’ Day – Insight 2018
This year, the school organized its fifth Research Scholars’ Day on 4th April. The theme of Research Scholar Day 2018 was “TECHNOLOGY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT” focusing on the connections between entrepreneurship, innovation and rural economic development. The Day hosted some amazing personalities, both from industry and academia that are changing the rural world through their innovations and path-breaking work in fields of their excellence. One of the key speakers was Prof. S.K. Saha, Head of the Department, Dept. of Mech. Eng., IIT Delhi & Coordinator, Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG), IIT Delhi.
In his lecture, the speaker demonstrated how he blended his main research area, i.e., Multibody Dynamics, which otherwise used for the modeling and simulation of robots, automobiles, aircraft, and similar systems, for the design improvements of devices, processes, etc. used in rural settings. In this connection, he introduced several projects which are underway in RuTAG (Rural Technology Action Group) of IIT Delhi (http://rutag.iitd.ac.in). He successfully demonstrated that while working on a rural problem like reducing the vibration of a carpet cleaning machine developed by his team earlier how one can publish in reputed journals which are essential for young faculty and researchers to be rewarded professionally. In fact, Springer published the work of his Ph.D. student in 2008 (Title: Dynamics and Balancing of Multibody Systems) who optimized the carpet cleaning machine as a monograph.
In a way, one can create new research challenges by picking up problems from the society rather than working on already established research domains, thereby, making the stronger impact in the society one lives. This will also better connect the engineering minds with the society. The other speaker was Mr. Abhishek Biswas, Founder & CEO, Purple and also Alumnus, IIT Kharagpur. The day showcased faculty-mentored student work and allowed students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other’s work through oral and poster presentations. Scholars took different aspects of rural problems or needs, deep dive it and came up with exciting solutions. The Day was also intended to honour and celebrate research through felicitation of Ph.D. Graduates.