A.S Kiran Kumar has made immense contributions to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the Mars Orbiter Mission payloads while being Chairman of ISRO.
Having started the journey in 2008 with 500 acres of grassland on the banks of river Satluj in the city Rupnagar of Punjab, IIT Ropar has made impressive and rapid strides towards creating a remarkable and unique campus in this challenging yet serene ambience.
With a state-of-the-art infrastructure on a built-up area of 1.37 lakh sq.mt comprising of housing for 2100 students, 162 faculty and 83 staff members, magnificent entrance, cutting-edge laboratories, libraries, sports facilities, spaces for other extra and co-curricular activities and the unique design of the hostels with large common spaces, the institute has come alive.
With this year’s admission, IIT Ropar student population has grown to 2005 students, including 1053 UG, 437 PG, and 515 PhD students. During the last five years from 2015-16 to 2019-20, the students’ intake has increased from 124 to 346 of B.Tech. the programme, 43 to 230 for M.Sc. and M.Tech. programmes and 53 to 140 for PhD programmes. Hence the strength of the students raised from 546 in 2015-16 to 2005 in 2019-20, thereby increasing the strength of the students by almost 4 times.
This year a new BTech program in Mathematics & Computing has been started. In a new initiative, IIT Ropar introduced a new option for the student of B.Tech. programme to opt for converting their B.Tech. programme to B.Tech.-M.Tech. (dual degree) programme. There is an increase in the number of girl students admitted to B.Tech. Programme from 6 in 2015-16 to 57 in 2019-20 which is nearly 10 times increase in intake of girl students.
Similarly, four new M.Tech. programmes have started, namely, M.Tech. in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Micro-electronics & VLSI, M.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering with specialization in Artificial Intelligence, M.Tech. in Civil Engineering with specialization in Water Resources and Environment Engineering and M.Tech in Chemical Engineering.