IIT Madras is at the forefront of technology development that addresses India’s challenges in housing, water, energy, healthcare, and education. It also plays a leadership role in high technology areas such as combustion, catalysis, propulsion, machine tools, data sciences, computational neuroscience, vehicle dynamics, and so on.
As these strengths get recognized, large inter-disciplinary research centres focused on these areas are being created on an on-going basis. While some centres are already operational, e.g., the National Centre for Combustion R&D, many more are in the pipeline. Our Strategic Plan envisages about twenty-five such Centres to be created by 2020. Many will grow significantly in the next decade and become globally renowned.
IIT Madras proposes to build these Centres at its satellite campus at Thaiyur, 35 kms from its present Guindy campus. The campus called FAST (an acronym for Frugal, Affordable, Sustainable Technologies), will consist of a world-class Research Core designed with “cellular” architecture to facilitate addition of more centres seamlessly. Towards this end we are seeking funding of Rs. 20 crores per year for 5 years.
The Centres will be highly specialized research facilities and populated mostly by fulltime research staff, post-docs, industry personnel on deputation, and research scholars. Institute faculty with expertise in relevant areas will drive the research agenda of these Centres.
FAST solutions will be built in partnership with industry and philanthropic Foundations to address challenges of growth with equity and sustainability. Given its aims and objectives, the research centre is confident of getting meaningful support and substantial funding from multiple sources, including the government.