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Greetings from the President's desk at CMIA - Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture - Aurangabad

Dear MITians,
We wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2015.

  • While looking proudly at MIT's Enterprise Selfie, the bright spots include the cross-disciplinary initiatives like Mechatronics as well as the accomplishments by our researchers in Diesel-Algae and Nanotechnology.
  • CMIA platform has empowered us to scale newer heights of Industry-Institute-Interaction.
  • Mega Industrial Park at DMIC has been mandated to attract global organizations in response to "Make-in-India" initiatives to create products and services valued well over 5000 Billion INR within a decade to the national economy.
  • We trust the young generation technologists from MIT shall lead next industrial revolution taking shape in the country to provide world-class innovative products to the competitive global market, who values Indians for their dedication, commitment and integrity.

Wishing you all the very best of health, happiness and an accomplishing year 2015.

With warm regards,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT
President - Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture - (CMIA) - Aurangabad

Let us all create SRISHTI - 2013

Dear MITians,
New year greetings to all.

  • Let us all show strength of our character with values and professional excellence to be a responsible citizen of SRISHTI-2013.
  • Let us all take up with renewed zest the challenges of serving India by connecting performance with excellence and relevance to accelerate the pace of discovery and delivery of science-led solutions for serving the aspirational goals of India for faster, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • Let us sincerely hope that Trust, Risk, Application, Venture. Enterprise and Leadership should form new mantras of the national ecosystem.
  • Let us be part of creation of the SRISHTI: Science, Research and Innovation System for High Technology-led path for India.
Wishing you very happy and prosperous new year 2013 and beyond.
With warm regards,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

MIT's Scintillating Journey from Baja to Vanraj

Dear MITians,

We are proud of you all.

During the last five years, MIT has been consistently and aggressively winning at Baja SAE India Competitions.

Now MIT has come up with Vanraj-Nano-Tractor immediately after the Hybrid Two Wheeler; both are the problem-solving-innovations demonstrating your creativity.


Congratulations, Keep it up!
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

"Future Looks Brighter Than What It Once Was"

Dear MITians,
Emerging technologies are critical to building a sustainable and resilient future. As engineers, we should now get ready for inventing, embracing and mastering the future technologies on priority in 2012.

Enhanced Education Technology

New approaches are needed to meet the challenge of educating a growing young population and providing the skills that are essential to the knowledge economy.

This is especially the case in today's rapidly evolving and hyper connected globalized society.

Personalized IT-based approaches to education are emerging that allow learner-centered education, critical thinking development and creativity.

Rapid developments in social media, open courseware and ubiquitous access to the Internet are facilitating outside classroom and continuous education.

Informatics for Adding Value to Information

The quantity of information now available to individuals and organizations is unprecedented in human history, and the rate of information generation continues to grow exponentially.

Yet, the sheer volume of information is in danger of creating more noise than value, and as a result limiting its effective use.

Innovations in how information is organized, mined and processed hold the key to filtering out the noise and using the growing wealth of global information to address emerging challenges.

High Energy Density Power Systems

Better batteries are essential if the next generation of clean energy technologies are to be realized. A number of emerging technologies are coming together to lay the foundation for advanced electrical energy storage and use, including the development of nano-structured electrodes, solid electrolysis and rapid-power delivery from novel super capacitors based on carbon-based nano-materials.

These technologies will provide the energy density and power needed to supercharge the next generation of clean energy technologies.

Nano-Scale Design of Materials

The increasing demand on natural resources requires unprecedented gains in efficiency.

Nano-structured materials with tailored properties, designed and engineered at the molecular scale, are already showing novel and unique features that will usher in the next clean energy revolution, reduce our dependence on depleting natural resources, and increase atom-efficiency manufacturing and processing.

Wireless Power

Society is deeply reliant on electrically powered devices. Yet, a significant limitation in their continued development and utility is the need to be attached to the electricity grid by wire - either permanently or through frequent battery recharging. Emerging approaches to wireless power transmission will free electrical devices from having to be physically plugged in, and are poised to have as significant an impact on personal electronics as Wi-Fi had on Internet use.

Personalized Medicine, Nutrition & Disease Prevention

As the global population exceeds 7 billion people - all hoping for a long and healthy life - conventional approaches to ensuring good health are becoming less and less tenable, spurred on by growing demands, dwindling resources and increasing costs. Advances in areas such as genomics, proteomics and metabolomics are now opening up the possibility of tailoring medicine, nutrition and disease prevention to the individual. Together with emerging technologies like synthetic biology and nanotechnology, they are laying the foundation for a revolution in healthcare and well-being that will be less resource intensive and more targeted to individual needs.

Ever-Green Revolution - Technologies for Increased Food & Biomass

The growing global demand for healthy and nutritious food is threatening to outstrip energy, water and land resources. By integrating advances across the biological and physical sciences, the new green revolution holds the promise of further increasing crop production yields, minimizing environmental impact, reducing energy and water dependence, and decreasing the carbon footprint.

Future now looks brighter than what it once was and let us all be part of the solution.
Good Luck,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

The Year 2011 in Computing

Dear MITians,
I Wish All of you Peaceful and Prosperous New Year 2012.

The Year 2011 in Computing saw tremendous growth but at the same time lost great icons in computer field Steve Jobs, Richie Dennis and John McCarthy.

Computing has started becoming increasingly polarized, with many hardware and software efforts focused on either small mobile devices or vast data centers.

2011 saw the personal computer continue to be marginalized. Although PCs are still the workhorse computing device in homes and offices, the most exciting innovations over the last 12 months were centered on very small-scale computing, very large-scale computing, and networked combinations of the two.

Developments in small-scale computing, in the shape of consumer mobile hardware such as the iPad2 tablet or Galaxy Nexus smart phone, were naturally the most visible. Most of these lightweight devices use ARM-based chips, prompting Intel, best known for its desktop and laptop processors, to develop prototype smart phone and tablet devices that will almost certainly herald the arrival of new challengers to Apple's iPad and iPhone in 2012 and 2013.

The software that runs, and run on, these devices saw tremendous development activity as well. Hewlett-Packard tried (and failed) to break into the mobile market with an operating system, WebOS, that was generally judged to be better than the hardware it ran on. The jury is still out on whether Research in Motion can revive the flagging fortunes of the BlackBerry following the announcement of its new mobile OS. And there were major updates from the two heavyweights in the mobile OS world, Google and Apple, with Google releasing Android 4.0 (also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich") in September. With Android 4.0, tablet and smart-phone makers no longer have to run separate versions of Android, and the operating system also boasts features such as facial recognition. In October, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple released its iOS 5 operating system, featuring the Siri voice-activated digital assistant.

These new devices and operating systems have driven an explosion of mobile applications for areas such as electronic payments, health care, augmented reality, and games. The richness and range of these applications is causing a shift in corporate IT, with increasing numbers of companies allowing workers to bring their own devices to work.

But a lot of this mobile flexibility is possible only thanks to cloud computing, which lets devices seamlessly hand off complex tasks to data centers. The Kindle Fire is essentially just a front end to Amazon's cloud services, for example, and Apple's Siri won't work without a network connection. Consequently, companies have been building a new generation of data centers, designed to handle cloud-computing loads as efficiently as possible. HP and Calxeda are pioneering the use in servers of low-power chips originally designed for battery-constrained mobile devices, in a bid to slash the massive electricity bills of data centers.

Tying cloud computing to consumer devices meant that a lot of personal (and corporate) information migrated into cyberspace this year, putting an even sharper emphasis on security and privacy issues. While some argue your data is better off in the cloud, researchers continue to worry about holes that can be exploited by criminals. Let us all get ready to meet these challenges with renewed zest in the Year 2012.

Good Luck,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

Dr. Manmohan Singh has grandly announced the launch of a $1 billion initiative, India Inclusive Innovation Fund (IIIF).

Dear MITians,

  • India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has grandly announced the launch of a $1 billion initiative, India Inclusive Innovation Fund (IIIF), structured as a Fund of Funds.
    Link: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/pm-kicks-off-fund-to-boost-pro-poor-innovations/455615/
  • This was the result of recommendations by the National Innovation Council, (NInC) chaired by Dr. Sam Pitroda, who had a major task: to prepare a roadmap for encouraging innovation in the country and formulate and implement a model for inclusive innovation to address problems in areas such as poverty alleviation, health, rural communications, agriculture, animal husbandry and green energy.
    Link: http://www.innovationcouncil.gov.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=32:first-meeting-of-the-national-innovation-council&catid=11:minutes-of-meeting&Itemid=24
  • We hope that the proposed fund would be a trendsetter in pioneering low-cost innovation.
  • The set of challenges that we as a nation face is not only diverse, but also unique. It is only through creativity and innovation, by coming up with novel solution appropriate to Indian context, that we can meet these challenges effectively.
  • NInC to request State Chief Ministers to set up State Innovation Councils for identifying domain experts in the respective sectors in consultation with Ministries.
  • A plan for fostering a spirit of competitiveness in the innovation space through awards and incentives has been worked out by Mr Ramesh Mashelkar.
  • His proposal of commemorating 24th July as a National Innovation Day to be discussed by the Council and action taken to institute awards.
  • 'Gram Swaraj Portal' as core content for rural broadband that will connect all 250,000 Panchayats in the next 24 months 'Gram Swaraj Portal' as core content for rural broadband that will connect all 250,000 Panchayats in the next 24 months.
  • Proposal for setting up 20 innovation clusters, especially with a focus on Innovation Tool Kits required to stimulate the innovation eco-system in these hubs to be submitted.
  • These clusters would be chosen bearing in mind clusters funded by the Government.

Let us look at our staff and studen's innovative ideas and research projects in this light with renewed zest as well as respond to NInC’s Call for Proposals and ideas.
Link: http://www.innovationcouncil.gov.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&catid=18&Itemid=20

Good Luck,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

Union Cabinet OKs National Manufacturing Policy (NMP)

Dear MITians,

First National Manufacturing policy got final approval last month; it aims to create 100 million jobs, targeting contribution of manufacturing sector from prevailing 16% to 25% of GDP by 2022, increasing the competitiveness of the sector and making India a global manufacturing hub.

Good physical infrastructure, a progressive exit policy, structures to support clean and green technologies, appropriate investment incentives, and business friendly approval mechanisms will be the cornerstones of this new initiative:

  • Setting up National Manufacturing and Investment Zones (NMIZ) – state of art industrial townships developed and managed by a (SPV).
  • Rationalization and simplification of business regulations to promote investor friendly environment.
  • Creation of world class infrastructure to assimilate technology i.e. green technology.
  • Capacity building and training (CBT), skill up gradations.
  • Creation of simple and expeditious exit mechanism for closure of sick units.
  • Incentives for equity partnerships or venture capitalist in manufacturing hub.
  • The new policy will have special emphasis to make India the workshop of the world, especially in the emerging green industries such as solar power.
  • The approval process took two years of discussions; feedback and review.
    Refer: http://www.dipp.gov.in/English/Discuss_paper/NMP_DiscussionPaper_2010.pdf
  • Ministry is now seeking support of Rs.18,500 crore for establishment of seven new investment regions across the six states of the country.

We trust NMP will unlock the true potential of manufacturing in India enabling it to fully leverage the opportunities provided by the dynamics of the world economy.

Best Wishes,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

Cloud Computing

Dear MITians,

MIT recognizes cloud computing as a profound economic and technical shift having great potential to reduce the cost of Information Technology (IT) systems while … improving IT capabilities and stimulating innovation in IT solutions.

Kudos to NIST ( National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Dept of Commerce) for taking initiative for effective adoption of the Cloud Computing.

We trust this initiative will pave the way for international consensus-based interoperability, portability, and security standards.

You may send your comments to HOD CSE MIT(E&T) for compiling and forwarding to ccroadmap.comments@nist.gov by Dec2, 2011.

Best Wishes,
Prof. Munish Sharma,
Director General, MIT

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