IIT Mandi Catalyst

Ecosystem:

Founded in 2009, IIT Mandi is one among the new IITs. IIT Mandi is the only IIT located in the foothills of the Himalayas. IIT Mandi has established itself in its main campus at Kamand as a world-class technology institution.

IIT Mandi has been created by an act of the Indian Parliament with the vision “to be a leader in science and technology education, knowledge creation and innovation in an India marching towards a just, inclusive and sustainable society.” Being a part of the IIT System, IIT Mandi is able to attract high quality students and faculty. This is a core strength for IIT Mandi.

IIT Mandi recognizes the need of a TBI in order to tap and promote innovation and entrepreneurship at its campus. As a formal recognition of this, IIT Mandi has an entrepreneurship policy in place which has been approved by the Board of Governors of IIT Mandi with the aim bolstering innovation and entrepreneurship among the IIT Mandi students and faculty.

The B.Tech. curriculum at IIT Mandi has the goal of training students to become design engineers capable of conceiving, designing, and deploying innovative and cost-effective products and processes for widespread use in society. This is achieved by building-in a “Design Practicum” model of learning which integrates innovation and design into the learning process. This approach has several components which include:

  • A course in reverse engineering

  • A design practicum -- proposing and building of prototypes based on the student’s ideas

  • An elective to work on an Interactive Socio-Technical Project (ISTP), the option of doing a final year project, and

  • An elective workshop course on entrepreneurship.

These programs provide a good foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship which can be enhanced further via a technology business incubator. About 20% of the greater than 100 faculty members have experience in private industry.

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