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This programme will boost the research capabilities in the exciting field of E-Mobility and will have students enrolling in January 2022 during their third year of BTech and Dual Degree Programmes

Chennai, NFAPost: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras is going to launch a Master’s Programme on Electric Vehicles.

This Interdisciplinary Dual Degree (IDDD) will boost the students’ engagement with eMobility and will be offered for its BTech and Dual Degree Students. This program will enhance the research capabilities in this exciting field.

Students are expected to enrol in this programme from January 2022 during their third year of BTech and Dual Degree Programmes. The initial intake is expected to be 25 students.

The students graduating from this programme will have the skill sets required to pursue job opportunities in EV Product Development including EV Integration, Vehicle Aggregate Engineering, Communication and Calibration, Verification and Validation, and Product and Portfolio Planning.

Highlighting the unique aspects of this programme, IIT Madras Department of Engineering Design Head Prof T Asokan said the course will be the result of nearly eight departments collaborating to induct the skills required for a student to engineer Electric Vehicles.

“The content offered is carefully curated to build sufficient depth in each domain, starting from Vehicle Basics and going to very specific EV aggregates including Batteries and Motors,” said IIT Madras Department of Engineering Design Head Prof T Asokan.

Further, Prof. T. Asokan said while the Department of Engineering Design will anchor the Programme, it will be delivered as a joint effort from various departments.

“Over the next few years, we are hoping to have more Programmes with different structures in the eMobility space,” said IIT Madras Department of Engineering Design Head Prof T Asokan.

IIT Madras provides its undergraduate students with an option to upgrade to IDDD programmes where the students will study for five years and obtain B.Tech. in a parent discipline and M.Tech. in an interdisciplinary area.

The objective is to provide greater flexibility to students, giving them the opportunity to take courses across disciplines, and build towards expertise in modern interdisciplinary areas that will define the future of engineering and technology.

Elaborating on the importance of such programmes, IIT Madras Professor of Practice Prof. Karthick Athmanathan said these are exciting times for the eMobility sector.

“We are clearly at the tipping point. It is important to have more resources skilled in various aspects of EV Engineering and eMobility. IIT Madras has had a dominant presence in this sector for the last few years through various initiatives and centres,” said IIT Madras Professor of Practice Prof. Karthick Athmanathan.

IIT Madras Professor of Practice Prof. Karthick Athmanathan said IIT Madras is now starting this phase where formal Programmes for EVs and eMobility are being offered with very close engagement with Industry. “Such initiatives are going to help India achieve and retain the lead technologically in the medium and long term,” said Prof. Karthick Athmanathan.

IIT Madras Department of Engineering Design Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram added the students will be undergoing core courses that will build the foundation for EV Engineering.

“They will, then, pursue electives in the specific area of specialisation of their choice. They would also do a Master’s project in this domain as part of their degree requirement. Care has been taken to enable the student to either opt for Industry Employment or pursue further research. This provides flexibility to the students in choosing their sub-domain as well as orient towards Industry and Research,” said Prof. C. S. Shankar Ram.

Over the years, IIT Madras has been at the forefront of building capabilities in the country for eMobility, through its various centres and programmes including the Centre for Battery Engineering and Electric Vehicles (CBEEV) as well as incubating a host of start-ups in the eMobility space over the years through the IIT Madras Incubation Cell.

ABOUT IIT MADRAS

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) was established in 1959 by the Government of India as an ‘Institute of National Importance.’ The activities of the Institute in various fields of Science and Technology are carried out in 16 academic departments and several advanced interdisciplinary research academic centres.

The Institute offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to B.Tech., M.Sc., M.B.A., M.Tech., M.S., and Ph.D., degrees in a variety of specialisations. IITM is a residential institute with more than 600 faculty and 9,500 students. Students from 18 countries are enrolled here. IITM fosters an active entrepreneurial culture with strong curricular support and through the IITM Incubation Cell.

IITM has been ranked No.1 in the ‘Overall’ Category for the third consecutive year in India Ranking 2021 released by National Institutional Ranking Framework, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. The Institute has also been ranked No.1 in the ‘Engineering Institutions’ category in the same Rankings for six consecutive years – from 2016 to 2021.

It was also adjudged as the ‘Top innovative Institution’ in the country in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) in 2019, 2020 and 2021. ARIIA Ranking was launched by the Innovation Cell of Ministry of Education.

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