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University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC) Room 109
Indian Institute of Technology
Speaker: Dr. Sudhir K. Jain, Director, IIT Gandhinagar
Abstract: The talk will put in perspective the explosive growth and exciting initiatives in higher education in India. It will focus on developments at IIT Gandhinagar and its future vision and plans. Launched in 2008, IIT Gandhinagar seeks to establish itself as a center of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement. The talk will cover some of the exciting initiatives undertaken by the Institute in its quest to become a globally recognized institution and outline some of the challenges it faces going forward. As the Institute grows, it is looking for outstanding and enthusiastic young faculty members who share its vision, values and ambitions. The talk will provide an opportunity to those interested in considering teaching and research careers in India to gain first hand perspectives on the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead. It will be followed by a discussion and a question & answer session.
Speaker: Prof Sudhir K Jain received his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from the University of Roorkee (1979), Master of Science (1980) and Doctor of Philosophy (1983) from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena.
He has been on the Civil Engineering faculty at IIT Kanpur since 1984, where he taught earthquake and structural engineering and mentored young researchers in earthquake engineering. He has published more than 150 research papers. Professor Jain has been the Head, Civil Engineering Department (2001-2003); Coordinator, Centre for Development of Technical Education (1997-1999), and Dean, Resource Planning and Generation (2005-2008) at IIT Kanpur. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003 and is president-elect of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering. He became IIT Gandhinagar’s first director in June 2009.
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