IIT Bombay Current Affairs - 2019

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MNRE to organise Global Student Solar Assembly

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay, is organizing the Global Student Solar Assembly on 2 October 2019, to commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi as well as to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living.

For India fight against climate change is a matter of faith and commitment and thus the country has committed to reduce its carbon intensity by 33-35% by year 2030 as well as to install cumulative renewable energy capacity of 175 GW (by 2022) and 450 GW (by 2030).

About Global Student Solar Assembly

Objective: The Workshop aims to sensitize young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care.

Participants: The day-long event scheduled at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi will see participation of more than 10,000 students from across the institutions from National Capital Region (NCR) and Delhi. These students will be accompanied by their trainers who would provide them hands-on training on how to assemble their own solar study lamps.

The making of once own solar lamps, would introduce students to the concept of self-sufficiency (quality or condition of being self-sufficient), an idea that was so close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi.

At the end of the event, all students will switch-on their self-assembled solar lamps in remembrance of Mahatma and will take pledge of non-violence towards the environment.

During this workshop, Two Guinness world records will be attempted by the students-

1) Sustainability lessons to the largest number of participants at a single place

2) Largest number of solar lamps lit together

Global Observance: In addition to the event at New Delhi, similar workshops will be organised in other Indian cities and also in foreign countries. This global event is expected to be joined by over 1 million students in 60 countries on a single day and the students will become Renewable Energy Ambassadors to carry the message green energy far and beyond.

IIT-Bombay best-ranked Indian institute in QS World Rankings

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-Bombay), has emerged as best-ranked Indian institute globally at 152nd position in QS World University Rankings’ 2020. IIT-Bombay has been securing top position among all Indian institutes for past three years and in 2020 edition it has improved its rank by 10 moving up places from 2018 ranking.

Key Highlights

Globally Best: The world-class Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a history by topping QS World University Rankings for 8th consecutive year. As per QS, no other university has managed the top rank for such a long run. Other Universities retained their 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions in the world are Stanford University, Harvard University and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) respectively.

India’s Performance: This year too no Indian university was able to secure a place in top 100 best universities. In total, there are 23 educational institutions from India which featured in broader list of top 1000, with only nine in the top 500. Out of 23, only four have managed to improve their ranks. IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi and IISc-Bangalore are the only three institutions that have managed berths in the top 200 list of QS World Rankings.

IIT-Delhi emerged as 2nd-best ranking institute from India by at 182nd place, replacing Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

IISc Bangalore lost 14 places in this year’s ranking and ended at 184th place even when it achieved world’s 2nd-best score for research impact and secured full 100 marks for citations per faculty metric. It is also 1st ever Indian institution to see its research cited over 1 lakh times in five-year period.

OP Jindal Global University based in Sonipat is the only new entrant in this years’ list. It is a private Indian university, founded in 2009, and is one of the youngest to enter top 1000 list. It was ranked in between 751-800 in QS global list and consequently, emerged as 14th best institute in the country.

Other Indian Universities in top 500 list includes: IIT-Madras (271), IIT-Kharagpur (281), IIT- Kanpur (291), IIT-Roorkee (383), University of Delhi (474) and IIT-Guwahati (491).

About QS Global University Rankings

It is one of the two most sought after rankings for educational institutes globally.

It was launched in 2004 by London-based QS Group in collaboration with Times Higher Education, but the two parted ways in 2010. Since then both QS Group and Times Higher Education come up with separate rankings every year.