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IIT open house closes with dreams for many

Sunday April 24, 2011 09:38:11 AM, IANS

New Delhi: Rupali Verma's eyes rolled in surprise when a set of paper boxes started to fall over to finally come up with a 'Welcome' message on the final day Saturday of the annual open house at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.

Rupali, a class 10 student, was among thousands of students who got a feel of the IIT at its annual event organised to showcase new research works by its students and professors.

For school children the visit was like beginning of a dream years before some of them could actually make it to this premier technology institution in the country.

"I want to study here (IIT Delhi) after my Plus-2. I have come with my parents to see how it is inside the campus," Rupali said pointing towards her parents.

IIT Open House is a daylong event organised every year to provide an insight into the path-breaking research work, student projects and the numerous advanced facilities available in IIT Delhi.

"Besides, it also serves as an opportunity to attract the best talents in the country to IIT Delhi," said Shourie Chatterjee, electrical engineering professor.

A model for earthquake resistant off-shore buildings, a page-turning machine for the physically-challenged, a body posture correction alarm, a low-cost Braille display for the visually-challenged and voice-based complaint management system for urban municipal bodies were among the many projects displayed at the event.

Among other high technology projects showcased were remote reconfigurable acoustic surveillance platform, bioactive nanocomposite fibers, medical textiles, pattern blending drawframe, content distribution network for rural areas and cognition theory examining the language, emotion and culture.

This year's open house coincided with the IIT's golden jubilee celebrations.

During the closing ceremony, Ambuj D. Sagar, a professor in faculty of humanity and social sciences, outlined the limits that should guide the use of any new technology.

"Society is facing grand challenges and we must understand what those challenges are. What technology can do is the solution of those problems but it is also also a part of the problem many times," he said.






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