December 1, 2022

IIT Delhi opens its central research center for external researchers

Researchers from all over the country can use IIT Delhi’s central research facilities at the main campus in New Delhi as well as at the Sonipat Campus.

New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi announced on Tuesday that it has developed a platform where anyone from across the country can reserve a tool from the Central Research Center (CRF) for research work.

Through this system, researchers across the country can use IIT Delhi’s central research facilities at the main campus in New Delhi as well as at the Sonipat campus.

“IIT Delhi has spent or committed Rs 500 million to set up several high-end facilities at CRF. Major funding sources include IoE Grant, Special Grant from Ministry of Education, IIT Delhi Grant through Industrial Research and Development, Analytical and Technical Assistance Institutes (SATHI) Project, and DST loan from HEFA, etc. IIT Director Delhi V Ramgopal rao said on Tuesday while announcing the platform.

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“Today, we have over 50 different facilities, owned and/or certified by CRF, that are already available to users. This number is likely to double in the next two years…” added Professor Rao.

IIT Central Delhi Research Center was established in 2011 in an effort to strengthen the research ecosystem at the institute.

Since 2017, CRF facilities have grown significantly with many modern experimental facilities. So far, these have served the needs of researchers from various departments and disciplines across the institute.

In 2017, a new CRF building was constructed on the campus of IIT Delhi Extension in Sonipat. The institute said another new building with a much larger area is under construction in Sonipat, due for completion in March 2022.

“Some of the latest equipment, such as physical property measurement system, X-ray optical emission spectrometer, high resolution transmission electron microscope, molecular beam epitaxy, universal testing machine, electron paramagnetic resonance, etc., are now in Sonipat and many more are planned “For the next second building,” said Professor Pankaj Srivastava, Director of Central Research Centre, IIT Delhi.