The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) has appointed Professor Kamal Kishore Pant (KK Pant) as the institute’s new director. Professor Pant was earlier serving as a former Dean Professor and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT Delhi.
Under his leadership, the institute plans to create a new R&D infrastructure to promote IIT Roorkee as a major center for training international scholars and to forge global alliances to address cutting-edge research and innovation.
Given the changing landscape of unicorns in India, it also aims to support startups. “Aligning with the vision of the institute, like all my contemporaries, we will work to raise more heights to create a sustainable and equitable society by teaching cutting-edge academic content using state-of-the-art methodologies and innovative research in science and technology. ,” he said.
Now the institute will also focus more on Vision 2030 (sustainable clean and green energy, electric vehicles), renewables, rural industrialization, space, self-sufficiency in food production, hassle-free healthcare and digital India) which will lead to employment/ enterprising engineers
Professor Pant obtained his PhD (Chemical Engineering) from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1997 and is a member of INAE and NASI scientific academies. He is also a leading expert in futuristic technologies and succeeded the outgoing Director Professor AK Chaturvedi.