Economic Times | ET Bureau | Jun 06, 2017 |
NEW DELHI: There is a big movement of faculty to Bennett University from IITs with a unique structure being put in place. While most of the faculty are young PhDs from top Indian and foreign universities, they are also being mentored by super-seniors for both teaching and research such as KK Biswas and Sudhir Chandra of IIT Delhi, and others. This academic and research based philosophy cuts across all schools and disciplines in engineering on campus. “The teaching load is lesser here at about 8-10 hours a week. In the balance time, high-profile faculty members can work on their own research,” said Yaj Medury, vice chancellor, Bennett University. “They have been very specific about why they’re moving here. In addition to getting the same ambience as their existing place of work, they get time to get to concentrate on their research and keep themselves updated.” Dr Biswas, professor of computer science and engineering, has had a teaching and research career spanning over 30 years at IIT Delhi.
He has a BTech in electrical engineering from IIT Madras, and an MTech and PhD from IIT Delhi. He is a visiting professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and at the University of Central Florida, US, and has worked in collaboration with the University of Oxford and University of Texas, Austin. His area of research is image and video processing, machine learning with applications in activity recognition, salient object detection and logic-based knowledge representation in scientific domains Dr Bishnu Pal, professor of physics, said, “That fact that Bennett University has chosen to start a BTech in engineering physics underlines its vision that interaction between engineering and basic sciences, specially physics and mathematics, is the pillar for future developments in technology.” Dr Biswas said, “Today’s industry needs personnel with exposure to multiple disciplines. There is already a strong demand for management expertise combined with traditional engineering knowledge. We would like to design course structures where computer science graduates would have ample opportunities to seek management electives, and where management and law students would get exposure to currently used tools/practices in the IT industry.” Founded by The Times of India Group, the multi-faculty, research-led Bennett University started operations in July 2016 with the promise of making students ‘life and career ready’. The university offers programmes across engineering, management, media and law. ET is part of the Times of India group.- Courtesy