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Publish Date: 1th January 2021

Happy New Year 2021

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Dear students, staff, faculty, alumni, & Well wishers of IIT Delhi,

As we wind down our activities for 2020 and set foot into 2021 and a new decade, let's carry forward the positive learnings from 2020 and enter 2021 with a renewed vigour and hope. We have every reason to do so as IIT Delhi family.

2020:

I would like to mention that, despite the pandemic and the uncertainties looming large every where, we have done pretty well in 2020 as an institute. Whether it is prevention (supplying over 5 Million high quality PPEs at affordable costs), detection (the world's most affordable RT-PCR kit and other rapid diagnostic kits) or treatment (scientific studies on the effectiveness of various traditional medicines) of COVID, we have come out on top.

Academically, Institute has filed 152 patents and closed 22 technology transfer deals with industries in 2020. These are the highest numbers achieved in any calendar year since the inception of the institute. We have also managed to keep the academic schedules on track and successfully moved to the online learning. My kudos to all of you. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

All our efforts are also getting recognized by our peers. IIT Delhi has been ranked among the top 50 in the world for the first time in the 'Engineering & Technology' category by QS World University rankings. Times Higher Education has ranked the institute at #27 for Employability.

The institute faculty, staff, students and alumni have also shown their humanitarian side in these testing times. Through voluntary contributions raised from campus community and alumni, we have been able to take care of every person who is dependent on the institute directly or indirectly for their livelihood. Whether it is supporting the dhobis, the security staff or the mess contract workers, we have been able to take care of them all. I am personally proud of the institute's achievements and for the exemplary resilience and commitment each one of you has shown.

2021:

As we set foot into the new year, there is so much to look forward to. In 2021 (between January to May 2021), we will be taking possession of all the following fully completed buildings and spaces which are currently under construction. This should alleviate our infrastructure needs to a large extent. We will be roughly adding 1.8 Million square foot of additional space to the institute activities in 2021.

R&I Park : 31365 sq.m.
99B&99C1: 58278 sq.m.
(99C2 not included)
Boys hostel: 24450 sq.m.
Girls hostel: 11696 sq.m.
Sports complex: 3510 sq.m.
Faculty Housing: 25500 sq.m.
Married students hostel (Nalanda) Phase 1: 7500 sq.m.
Pre Eng block in Blocks III, IV, shopping, etc.: 9406 sq.m.
Pre Eng Blocks in Gramoday parisar: 2500 sq.m.

*Total: 1,66,705 sq.m.* (~1.8 Million Sq ft)

IIT Delhi has also entered into contracts with 5 major service providers in the educational space (Arrina, Bennett Coleman, Erulearning, Hughes Global and Upgrad) for its online educational initiative eVIDYA which was launched by the Hon'ble Education Minister of India on Nov 7, 2020. You will see major online certificate programs from IIT Delhi in 2021. We also have some very unique initiatives from IIT Delhi planned in 2021 in our internationalization and alumni connect efforts. There are also multiple new educational programmes that will be launched in 2021. All this has been possible because of your collective efforts.

As part of IIT Delhi family, we have every reason to be hopeful and cheerful as we welcome 2021. The most important task at IIT Delhi shall always be 'building careers and transforming lives'. Let's all take a pledge to do our best in 2021 and remind ourselves of the institute's vision "to contribute to India and the World through excellence in scientific and technical education and research; to serve as a valuable resource for industry and society; and remain a source of pride for all Indians'.

Best wishes to all of you for a happy and prosperous 2021 and for the decade ahead.

Jai Hind.

Warm regards,
V. Ramgopal Rao