IIIT-Hyderabad Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Hyderabad, 2nd September, 2018.......:IIIT-Hyderabad celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend. The 2-day celebrations included a global alumni meet on Saturday, deliberations and panels and a showcase of the institute, its research and innovations on Sunday.
A plenary panel discussed the Institutional Models of the Future;with Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, and Jayaram Valliyur, Director -Amazon Development Center, Hyderabad, AjitRangnekar, Director General,Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH) and Prof Vasudeva Varma,Dean R&D, IIIT-H.
Prof Raj Reddy, Chairman, IIIT-H Governing Council reminisced on thefounding objectives of the institute. Prof P J Narayanan, Director,IIIT-H shared an overview of the institute and its future plans. A short filmon Making of IIIT-H, How it All Started was featured as well,followed by a tour of the showcase of the institute, its research andinnovations.
Speaking at thecelebrations, Prof P J Narayanan said, “Twenty years of IIIT-H is a significantmilestone for us. We are extremely pleased to see our students making amark in their respective fields. Our research is today rankedamong the top in the country in several areas, such as Robotics, ComputerVision, and AI. Undergraduate research continues to pay rich dividends forthe institute, in terms of a large, global diaspora of researchers whostay engaged with the institute. Our graduates are eagerly absorbed by theglobal product and research groups in top companies, such as Google,Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Twenty years on, we clearly see theemergence of an alumni team that pushes our goals forward, just as thefounders envisaged at the beginning.
From just 50 students in the first batch to around 1800 students in 28programs, the institute is now widely ranked as the No 1 institute in AI(computer vision, machine learning and data mining, and Natural LanguageProcessing) in India, and Asia’s 2nd best institute forrobotics.
IIIT-Hyderabad has also been also been selected as the First IndianUniversity to receive Amazon Alexa Fund Fellowship by Amazon for 2018-19. Ithas also been chosen by American payment technology company Ripple for itsUniversity Blockchain Research Initiative.
The celebrations also included a showcase of key accomplishments fromthe past twenty years, highlighting the major research areas of the institute,innovations in pedagogy & research models, technologies created by thelabs, and startups seeded within the institute.