IIT Jodhpur
A GIAN short course on “Advanced Materials and Future Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion” organized by Professor Ritu Gupta, Department of Chemistry during 8 Jan 2018 to 12 Jan 2018 with Professor Mukundan Thelakkat, University of Bay

As this course was one of the first among national GIAN lectures organized at the permanent campus of IIT Jodhpur, the event was pioneering in terms of format and visibility. It was executed seriously and rigorously by the host faculty. Out of 71 online registered applicants, 31 participants were selected for this course. Professor Ritu Gupta assembled a strong group of support staff/student volunteers to execute the program and the institution handled all the local arrangements with exceptionally good efficiency and competence. The timing for the course was ideal as it was not only convenient for international instructor but also for host institution as it occurred just at the beginning of the semester and end of winter vacations. The students and faculty from different regional background and subject areas participated in this course.
The  participants from various institutes inside and outside Rajasthan took part in the programme:
   Inside Rajasthan    Outside Rajasthan
  • Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur
  • MBM Engineering College, Jodhpur 
  • Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur 
  • Government Polytechnic College, Jalore 
  • University of Kota, Kota 
  • Central University of Rajasthan, Ajmer 
  • Bhagwant University, Ajmer 
  • Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur 
  • Govt. Bangur College, Didwana
  • KIET Ghaziabad, Delhi
  • School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi 
  • IISER Kolkata 
  • Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 
  • CSMSS's Shahu College of Engineering Aurangabad 
  • MS Ramaiah College of Engineering, Bangalore
  • CeNS, Bangalore
Professor Rakesh K. Sharma (Head, Chemistry Department) extended a warm welcome to the international faculty as well as participants and set up the stage with his inspiring opening remarks. Professor B. Ravindra (Local GIAN Coordinator and Head, Mechanical Engineering, IITJ) briefed the faculty and participants about the vision behind the GIAN programme and discussed about the possibility of joint research partnership between University of Bayreuth and IITJ. A brief visit and an additional lecture on Transparent Conducting Electrodes for Solar Cell Fabrication by national faculty, Professor Kulkarni proved to be an ‘icing on cake’ as the participants were thrilled listening to him. All the faculty participants discussed about the possible future research collaborations in future. Prof. Thelakkat suggested that the local state universities of Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur and Ajmer should take up contact with the IIT Jodhpur and other central institutes to define a long-term exchange and collaboration in the fields of energy and resources, which are of primary concern for Rajasthan and India. The participants can act as nucleation centres to invite faculty and to organize local seminars and workshops and to facilitate the internships for highly talented students from universities at IITJ or other central institutes. In short, this GIAN course will serve to accelerate academic and research progress in India.
Group Photograph of faculty members and participants during GIAN course
International Speaker, Professor M. Thelakkat; National Speaker, Professor G. U. Kulkarni, Head of Chemistry Department, Professor Rakesh K. Sharma and Host faculty, Professor Ritu Gupta
The laboratory practicals on fabrication of solar cells conducted in the laboratory of host faculty
Short presentations made by Participants on the topics given as assignment for the course.