The honorable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee hosted a one day conference with the Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of the Indian Institutes of Technology at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on August 22, 2014. The Prime Minister and the Union Minister of Human Resource Development also addressed the gathering. Prof T.A. Gonsalves, Director of IIT Mandi, highlighted the strategy adopted by IIT Mandi on its path to prominence as a research university. This includes focusing on a few areas of regional and national relevance, like material science, and information and communication technology (ICT.) Projects of social relevance, including technologies for the Himalayan region (through the Uhl Centre for Innovative Technologies for the Himalayan Region, IIT Mandi) were described. The curriculum embraced by IIT Mandi, which emphasises on learning-by-doing, teamwork and social relevance were also touched upon. The Director also outlined plans for the new campus at Kamand.