Divya is an engineering graduate from one of the most prestigious institutions, the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and is all set to embark on what will be a successful career in the aerospace industry.
Yet, however, she believes her transition period from college to work can be put to better use than being spent holidaying, watching films and catching up with friends. A chance glance at a newspaper advertisement led her to check on an offer that she thinks will bring immense meaning to an otherwise-chartered career: an offer to take modern education to Tamil Nadu’s remotest villages.
Divya is not alone in this quest, and teams up with Anoop, a graduate from Hindustan College of Engineering.
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Three new M.Tech programmes in Catalysis Technology, Nuclear Engineering and Petroleum Engineering will be offered at IIT-Madras in the 2009-10 academic year, director M S Ananth announced on Friday.
Delivering the director’s report at the 46th convocation of the institute here on Friday, he said a five-year integrated dual degree programme would also be introduced in these disciplines.
“IIT-Madras is establishing a research park adjacent to its campus in Chennai, the first of its kind in the country. For this purpose, IIT-M has obtained 11.42 acres of land from the state government,” he added.
Pointing out that the facility was likely to be inaugurated in September, professor Ananth said they hoped to have the prime minister, the Tamil Nadu chief minister and Union Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Kapil Sibal at the inaugural event.
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