Bhaskar Ramamurthi, director, IIT Madras, informed
Education Times that there has all the time been a deep curiosity in industrial and utilized research. The discovery campus goals to draw a gentle stream of worldwide scientists and college students to conduct superior research in area of interest areas.
“The discovery campus is not a knowledge park or research park that most IITs have at the moment. While research parks house companies and startups, the discovery campus will carry out only the large research projects,” he provides.
One such undertaking is the National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts, which is being constructed within the discovery campus with the monetary assist of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
“The centre has unique facilities including a bridge simulator that will enable simulation of port operations at various Indian ports, and the large Sedimentation and Erosion Management Test Basin for emulation of the Gulf of Kutch or the mouth of the Hooghly. It is becoming imperative to conduct research in this area since the country is intensifying its port infrastructure rapidly and coastal management gaining importance,” Ramamurthi says.
Similarly, a strong propellant combustion modelling facility hooked up to the centre of propulsion know-how supported by DRDO can also be being developed on the new campus.
“This centre is carrying our research with a long-term horizon in the area of propulsion, on specific problems defined by DRDO. These are research challenges to be overcome before specific system development can be taken up in the future. Some of the facilities for testing need a large, isolated area and they are being built in the discovery campus,” Ramamurthi says.