1 MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR, TIET
Dear students, colleagues and alumni,
I am truly excited about the opportunity to serve this great university. I am extremely thankful to the senior leadership of TIET for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime.
During the next several years, I dream to encourage all of you to see beyond what is normally possible. We must stretch our imagination and challenge our limitations and passionately join the journey of excellence seeking. Everything we do should be better than what we have done before. Our ultimate goal is to provide extraordinary student experience. We must dream of making TIET the most innovative university in the country and beyond.
We will continue to seek excellence in teaching, research, entrepreneurship and community engagement through intensifying our efforts in all the four areas.
With lots of love and best wishes to all!
2 QS World University Rankings 2023
- The QS World University Rankings 2023 placed TIET within the global range of 1001-1200.
- TIET is ranked 228th in the QS Asia University Rankings for 2023.
Article by Dr Rajeev Mehta
Department of Chemical
Professor and Head Coordinator
TIET-VT Center of
Excellence in Emerging Materials
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology and Virginia Tech,
USA have come together to build a collaborative research center –
CEEMS, at TIET. This center will be in line with the long-term goal
of the institution to improve the quality of research at TIET and
bring the institution to the forefront of material research not only
at the national level but also to be acclaimed internationally. The
center has facilitated collaborative research work culture among
TIET faculty across different disciplines and specialisations, to
develop innovative new ideas focusing mainly on graphene and other
2-D materials such as MXenes.The center has an internationally
acclaimed personality as Thapar Chair Professor for Emerging
Materials, Professor Roop L. Mahajan from Virginia Tech, USA.
Professor Rajeev Mehta from the Department of Chemical Engineering,
TIET is the inaugural Coordinator, and Professor Kamaldeep Paul is
the deputy coordinator, of the center.
Thanks to our talented faculty, (the number of associated TIET
faculty stands at an encouraging 63) we have made significant
progress in the first three years.
We are now housed in a new building-a newly constructed
7,520 square feet floor on the top of an existing building (SAI) in
Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development (ACIRD). The
floor contains four state-of-the art laboratories: Laboratory for
Bio-x, Laboratory for Coal-derived Graphene-x, Laboratory for
Composites & Exploratory Research, and a Computational Laboratory.
With the maturing of some of the projects, and based on their
accomplishments and active engagement, we have identified three
areas in CEEMS primed for growth and national prominence. These are
the Detection and treatment of cancer, Coal-derived graphene-polymer
composites, and Sustainable construction materials. Also, it is
heartening to know that over Rs. 2 crores of external funding has
been received against the research work proposed based entirely on
ongoing CEEMS projects, in the last year.
An exemplar project
Nano-Modified Epoxy Coatings for Corrosion Inhibition in
Reinforcing Bars in Concrete
Concrete is one of the most widely used
construction materials because of its high compressive
strength, ease of moldability, and cheap local
availability of its constituent materials. But it is
vulnerable to environmental degradation due to
inherent\porosity and corrosion of embedded steel is the
biggest challenge faced by engineers worldwide. Epoxy
coatings on rebars called ECR (Epoxy Coated Rebars) is
an economically and environmentally friendly viable
solution. The brittle epoxy coatings have been modified
by adding nanofillers such as Graphene oxide,
Multi-layer graphene, and Carbon nanotubes.
Additionally, "Microcapsules based Smart Self-Healing
Epoxy Coating", which can provide automatic recovery and
extend the durability of coatings, has been successfully
developed and tested.
Learnings and Outcomes
It is estimated that the best results
obtained from this study would suggest no onset of
corrosion even after a simulated hundred years of
harsh climate exposure. This work has resulted
in three high impact factor publications and a patent
application. Also, it is heartening to mention that this
work was presented and awarded as the “First” in the
“Best Poster” category at the “International Conference
on Corrosion and Coatings (i3C)” held at CSIR, National
Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur during December
07-08, 2022. Also we are in talks with the industry for
collaboration/adoption of this technology for their
Did learning of cooking contribute to the enlargement of human brain in
evolution: what made humans an extraordinarily
Neloy Kumar Chakroborty (Assistant Professor)
Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
We are so prone to cook and eat tasty food and
experiment with cross-cultural recipes that in a way the modern
human (Homo sapiens) can be considered psychologically as ‘Homo
culinaris’. Yet, cooking may have an impact as colossal as, other
than satisfying our souls, deciding the fate of our species along
the path of evolution on Earth. Let us understand this cooking
hypothesis, discussing one-step at a time.
Journey to become the lord of the planet,
About 1.8 million years ago (mya) our
nearest ancestor, Homo erectus lived on Earth. They were
growing their intelligence and being hunter-gatherers
(they were serious meat eaters) using rudimentary tools
(flaked stone tools) they were also used to being killed
by larger predators. The status of the genus ‘Homo’ was
ordinary in the food chain during this time in which H.
erectus used to depend heavily on the climatic
conditions for their food and often lived on the
leftover carcasses of other animals. However, the
situation of Homo changed dramatically when the clever
hominid, Homo sapiens appeared in the scenario about
130,000 to 200,000 years ago. Developments of art,
culture, agriculture (12,000 years ago), and innovative
technologies that elaborate until today mark the victory
of our species on Earth; we are now the most powerful
species in the food chain irrespective of all forms of
our vulnerabilities. Our extraordinary cognitive
abilities steer us to develop space programs, divine
medications to save even the ones who are succumbing, an
entire research program just to study ourselves, and
Secret of our supreme cognitive capacity
lies inside our 1.5 kg brain
So, what drives our outstanding cognitive
abilities compared to other primates (various orders of
mammals that include monkeys, humans and apes),
especially among the great apes (Gorilla, Bonobos,
Chimpanzee, Orangutans, and Humans)? Let me start with
that we are no special with respect to our brain size –
our brains are 2-3 fold smaller than elephants and 4-6
fold smaller than whales or dolphins. We are not special
either when considering our body size and the relative
size of the brain with respect to the body size (our
brain mass is only 2% of the body mass). However, the
size wise not-so-extraordinary brain of ours is quite
remarkable to have the highest total number of neurons
(86 billion) in the animal kingdom. According to the
scaling rule in primates, the size of the brain
increases about isometrically with the number of neurons
(such that for a 10 fold increase in the number of
neurons, the brain needs to be ~ 11 fold larger in size)
albeit the linearly scaled-up primate brain of the human
evolved with the largest number of neurons, compared to
any other primate, which economically occupied the space
within our brain. Such increased number of neurons is
viewed to helped humans to develop the most
sophisticated forms of cognitive functions (language,
quantitative skill, pattern-recognition skill,
creativity etc.) and offered the possibility to
establish competitive advantages over other species by
forming enormous number of combinatorial processing
units in the brain and their connections. To accommodate
this increased number of neurons, human brains enlarged
during its evolution and became the largest among the
Enlargement of human brains during
One of the significant-most events in the
evolution of human brain was its enlargement, about
3-times from our earlier Hominin ancestor,
Australopithecus afarensis (lived around 3-4 mya, brain
size 350-500 cm3) to Homo sapiens (evolved about 130,000
to 200,000 years ago, brain size ~1350 cm3) 1. This
increase in our brain size happened at least three times
in steps during the evolution with the largest increase
visible between Homo erectus and Homo sapiens with an
associated 1.5 times increase in the number of neurons.
What factor sustained the big brain of humans with a huge number of
neurons? Was it the habit of eating cooked diet?
It is estimated that brain is the third most
energy-consuming organ of the body after skeletal muscle and liver,
and several studies suggested that the prime constraints in the path
of increasing the brain size and thus the number of neurons in
primate evolution are metabolic in nature. Metabolism (caloric
intake and expenditure) puts a tradeoff in the primates such that if
one has a large body, one cannot have a large brain together. On top
of that, addition of more neurons to the brain comes with an
expensive fixed energy cost of 6.0 kCal per one billion neurons.
Thus, for a larger great ape like gorilla, this metabolic tradeoff
resulted in a much smaller brain size, that needs to accommodate
only 33.4 billion neurons, with a large body of 124.7 kg, maintained
solely on raw diet. Yet, gorilla needs to feed on its raw diet
constantly for 8-9 hr per day to meet its caloric intake. Similarly,
chimpanzees and orangutans fed for 7 hr per day on raw diet could
reach the range of body mass of 44-60 kg with ~30 billion neurons in
their brains. In case of the human lineage, the earlier species,
like Australopithecus afrensis and Homo habilis (range of body
weight: 30-38 kg) with a predicted 34-40 billion neurons would have
to feed for > 7 hr per day on their raw diet, which was equivalent
to some of the extant great apes. Homo erectus, on the other hand,
with a predicted 62 billion neurons would have to spend > 8 hr per
day feeding on raw foods. The same estimation leads us that Homo
sapiens would have fed on raw foods for > 9 hr per day to afford
their 86 billion neurons. This timeline of ~9-10 hr per day feeding
is even longer than the feeding time of the largest great ape,
gorilla, and thus is unlikely for H. erectus to H. sapiens for the
maintenance of their body mass and the number of neurons based
solely on a raw diet. Interestingly, archeological evidences point
that H. erectus started using fire ~1.8 mya and their diet was
dominated by meat. While H. sapiens evolved from a less intelligent
H. erectus, with a less developed brain, eating cooked diets (meat,
tubers, fruits, etc.) that were easily digestible and energy-rich
(cooked meat has more caloric value than the raw one) could sustain
the energy cost of the increasing number of neurons (and brain
enlargement), starting from H. erectus and thus allowed this
evolution to take place. This way the cooking hypothesis explains
the conundrum of the evolution of the biggest primate brain with the
largest number of neurons as well as the shortening of teeth and
intestines found in H. erectus. While breaking down and swallowing
of raw food needs large teeth and a sturdy digestive system, cooked
food being easy to chew and digest reduces their sizes.
The invention of cooking reduced the requirement of
food intake dramatically and offered more time to expand our
Cooking took away the metabolic tradeoff between body
size and brain size for humans; starting with H. erectus through the
provision of high calorific diets (H. sapiens sustained a body
weight of 70 kg with 86 billion neurons). While raw food took a long
time to chew and digest, cooked foods, especially meats, were easy
to ingest and digest with a lot more calories gained within a little
time. Thus, with cooked food, H. erectus and H. sapiens could spend
less time to procure and intake food and devoted more time for
developing their societies and cognitive skills with an increased
number of neurons functioning to support and cherish these skills.
4 E-Library and Mobile App Launch
Thapar Institute of Engineering &
Technology (TIET), Patiala, Nava Nalanda Central Library
(NNCL) with the association of Refread Solutions,
launched e-Library Portal and Mobile App (iOS and
Android) on 20th March 2023. This portal was launched by
the Hon’ble Director, TIET Prof Padmakumar Nair.
The users of the Central Library can access more than 233
thousand e-books, 12 thousand e-journals, 54 thousand
video lectures, 50 thousand conference proceedings, 282
thousand full text e-thesis, 2000 thousands
presentations, 1800 e-magazines, and 10 thousand expert
talks and other resources easier and more convenient
than ever before.
The mobile app offers even more convenience, allowing
users to access the e-library from their smartphones or
tablets. The e-library and mobile app will offer several
features and benefits to users such as easy search,
navigation features, personalised user profiles,
user-friendly interface that will be accessible on
Many users have already self-registered their accounts on
the eLibrary through their institutional email
id (@thapar.edu). The Hon’ble Director has set out a
mission for the institute's community to make sure that
“all the e-resources can be delivered to the users
through a single platform from anytime and anywhere”
which will enhance their academic performances.
Trinity College Dublin
Emma Stokes, the Vice President of Global TCD, visited TIET from 14th to 16th February, 2023, which marked the first visit of a TCD top official following the leadership change in 2020. During her visit, there were extensive discussions about the future involvement in Teaching and Learning, Research, Articulation, and CAPSL.
Virginia Tech Visit
On 22nd February, 2023, Dan Sui, who holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Aimee Suprenant, Dean of Virginia Tech's Graduate School, and Viswanath Venkatesh, an Eminent Scholar and Verizon Chair of Business Information Technology at the Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, visited TIET. During their visit, they provided an overview of the CEEMS centre and discussed student mobility in mechanical engineering through a 3+1+1 program. Furthermore, Virginia Tech plans to host several TIET Post Docs starting from the next academic year, and they have plans for collaboration in Liberal Arts and Management for either a 2+2 program or a 1-year or 1-semester partnership.
TIET-TAU Center of Excellence for Food Security
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology welcomed Dr Lior Asaf,
Israeli Water Attaché in the Israeli embassy at New Delhi, India and
Prof Yosi Shacham, Director of the TIET-TAU Food Security Research
Center to the institute.
CAPSL-TIET Team visited Jammu University to carry out a workshop on Outcome Based Learning Pedagogy. The workshop was conducted over the course of one week and consisted of seminars and hands-on workshops on topics such as the development of Program Outcomes (POs) and Course Outcomes (COs), their mapping with Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs), Bloom's Taxonomy, and assessment techniques. The main aim of the Faculty Development Program (FDP) was to motivate and train faculty members from various departments and institutions to enhance their teaching and learning practices by shifting their focus from teacher-centric learning to student-centric learning.
Furthermore, the Vice Chancellor of Jammu University, Prof. Umesh Rai, felicitated the team for their efforts.
Thapar Satellite Monitoring Station is now fully
functional and we are excited looking at the Indian sub-continent
from space. As a part of student training and experiential learning
activities at the monitoring station we are regularly receiving data
from open source satellites. Some of the key observations include
reception commands to Pixxel Sat launched by ISRO on 26-11-2022
during its initial tracking phase. This was a major milestone for us
as we demonstrated the capacities of our monitoring station to the
fullest. We are regularly tracking NOAA weather monitoring
satellites. It was an enthralling experience to watch the cyclone
move past southern India during the month of December, 2022 and the
cloud cover over northern India in the last week of January, 2023.
Exciting times for the project ahead!
8 BRAINSTORMING WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE
WASTEWATER TREATMENT IN RURAL PONDS & ITS USAGE IN AGRICULTURE
The Brainstorming workshop was exclusively organised to
highlight the research carried out by Project teams from PAU, TAU
and TIET, headed by Prof Amit Dhir in effectively treating the
wastewater in rural ponds based on “Thapar Model” and usage of
treated wastewater in irrigating edible crops in farms.
Dr Gurbinder Singh, Registrar, TIET welcomed the
delegates and highlighted the need to conduct such workshops to
benefit the community. Sh. Amit Kumar, IAS, Joint Development
Commissioner cum Commissioner MGNREGA, Department of Rural
Development & Panchayats, was the chief guest in the workshop and
other government dignitaries from various stakeholder departments.
The Hon’ble commissioner appreciated the efforts of
Thapar Institute in the outreach and inclusive research being
carried out to facilitate the progress of Rural Punjab.
Prof Yosi, who is also the Director of CoE (FS) from
Tel Aviv University, Israel attended the meeting in virtual mode.
Prof Amit Dhir enlightened the audience about the ongoing project
regarding the proposed pilot scale studies in rural ponds. Prof
Sukhpal Singh, Chairman Punjab State Farmers and Farm Workers
Commission highlighted the need to adopt innovative agricultural
practices to enhance farmers income.The workshop ended with a vote
of thanks by Prof Moushumi Ghosh, Coordinator of the center.
The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Moushumi
Ghosh, Coordinator of the center.
9 INDUSTRY INSTITUTE INTERFACE-
Industry Institute Interface (I3) a joint endeavour
initiated by Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) and
Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to provide a scientific
solution to the different types of pollution related problems of the
industries established across the state of Punjab in different
sectors. School of Energy and Environment, TIET & PPCB organised a
workshop on this initiative and it was launched on January 4, 2023
by the chief guest S. Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Hon’ble Minister for
Science, Technology and Environment; Sports and Youth Services; and
Higher Education. The chief guest, Director TIET and Chairman PPCB
appreciated the efforts put forth by the team of PPCB and TIET for
bringing the industry and research community on a common platform to
discuss and resolve various environmental and technological
bottlenecks faced by the industries across Punjab. During the
initiative a dedicated website for the Industry Institute Interface
was launched for continuous involvement in the endeavour along with
the book of proposals for various industrial solutions. The workshop
got a great response from the industry, academics and government
sector. Multiple proposals and prototypes were displayed to the
participants for the upscaling of successful research outputs
related to industrial issues.
10 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE ON
WASTE MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE RECOVERY BY SCHOOL OF ENERGY &
School of Energy & Environment (SEE), TIET offers a new
online professional development course for working professionals on
“Waste management and Resource recovery”. Waste management is the
toughest task for the government authorities, Industrialists,
agriculturalists, and the common public. Waste management needs
scientific plans, management strategies and holistic approaches in
all sectors. India is in the phase of fast industrialization and
rapid urbanisation, which creates higher waste both in the domestic
and industrial sector. This program provides an overview of solid
waste management covering the essentials of the waste management
system such as environmental, social, and economical aspects.
Candidates will be able to understand the challenges of waste
management, the ways to recover resources for a circular economy and
sustainable solutions. The program is initiated and coordinated by
Dr Dhamodharan K from SEE. Classes for the first batch have been
started and running successfully.
11 TEAM FATEH
Formula Bharat 2023, India's biggest Formula Student
competition, concluded at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. One
team that managed to stand out from the rest of the competitors was
Team Fateh, the Formula Student team of the college. Team Fateh
displayed extraordinary passion, dedication, and hard work, which
helped them clinch multiple awards at the event.
Team Fateh is one of India's oldest Formula Student
teams, and they are known for their dedication and skill. Their
enthusiasm was evident when they participated in Formula Bharat
2023, and they gave their all to ensure their success in the
competition. After preparing the car to be competition-ready, it was
loaded and sent to Coimbatore. When the team and the car reached
their destination, the work did not stop. An FSAE competition
includes static events and dynamic events. To run a vehicle in a
dynamic event, it must pass the Technical Requirements (TI).
Clearing a TI is no easy feat; the car is scrutinised by individuals
who excel in their respective design and engineering fields. The
competition spanned five days, with different days dedicated to
various events, so the team double-downed to get the car TI ready
alongside the various static events. The competition was five
gruelling days of hard work with teams from all over India, but it
was all worth it.
Unfortunately, the team faced many obstacles during the
competition, the worst of which was engine failure. Despite this
setback, they managed to win first place in the Engineering Design
event, first place in the Cost and Manufacturing event, and third
place in the Business Presentation event. These victories led to
them being declared as the overall static event winners for the
competition! The engine failure meant that the team could only clear
the mechanical inspection and tilt test, and they could not clear
the brake and acceleration events. As a result, they could not
participate in the rest of the dynamic events. Despite this setback,
Team Fateh achieved an all-India rank of sixth, a testament to their
skills and dedication.
The achievements of Team Fateh at Formula Bharat 2023
are commendable, and they have made their college proud. Their
success reflects the hard work, dedication, and passion they have
put into their work, which helped clinch multiple awards. Their
achievements have inspired many students to take up the challenge
of Formula Student competitions. Their success is also a testament
to their progress over the years, and they have set a new standard
for excellence in Formula Student competitions.
12 RESEARCH AT TIET
i) Patent granted to Dr Moushumi Ghosh
Not only research, but the spirit of entrepreneurship
at TIET has resulted in a number of successful patent grants. A
patent has been granted to Thapar Institute for an invention
entitled APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING QUALITY OF HORTICULTURAL
PRODUCTS BASED ON CHEMORESPONSIVE BIOCOMPOSITE FILM for the
term of 20 years in accordance with the provisions of the Patents
ii) Development of Cross-contamination-free portable
suction assembly for airway clearance in mechanically ventilated
PI: Dr Diptiman Choudhury, Associate Professor,
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-leader of BioX, TIET-VT
Centre of Excellence of Emerging Materials, Thapar Institute of
Engineering & Technology, Patiala.
Co-PI: Dr Vineet Srivastava, Associate
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Thapar Institute of
Engineering & Technology, Patiala
Dr Ravinder Kumar Duvedi, Associate Professor, Mechanical
Engineering Department, Thapar Institute of Engineering &
Co-PI for clinical trial: Dr Babita Ghai,
Professor and Head of the Anaesthesia and consultant Pain clinic,
PGIMER, Chandigarh, India.
Funding Agency: ICMR, Govt of India.
Funding amount: 23.23 lakhs.
Period: 2 years
Research Rationality: We, as a country, have a
shortage of hospitals and intensive care units. Further, the
facilities in the hospitals are not up to the mark, which increases
the chances of hospital borne infections (HIB). Air borne
infections, including TB, pneumonia, COVID-19, etc., are among the
most infectious HIBs. A significant quantity of aerosol-carrying
infective agents is generated during intensive care procedures in
the hospital. These aerosols eventually infect the other patients
and hospitals' medical and paramedical staff. According to the
Indian Medical Association (IMA) report, more than 1500 doctors and
125 nurses died due to COVID-19 infections until 30th June 2021, and
most of them acquired the disease from hospitals or clinics.
The situation is so bad that the IMA has declared 'Save the
Saviours' as the theme of this year's National Doctors' Day,
observed on 1st July. Therefore, an immediate action plan is needed
to control aerosol generation in the hospital environment.
Henceforth, to prevent infection of HIB (ICU/ ICCU), we hypothesise
developing a low-cost, cross-contamination-free, portable mechanical
suction device to remove pulmonary mucosal plugs. The system should
be indigenously designed, and the operational procedure should be
simple enough that one needs minimal training to operate.
- Design and development of mechanical suction pump and
selection of microbial filter for the cross-contamination-free
portable mechanical suction device.
- Fabrication of a complete prototype of a
cross-contamination-free portable mechanical suction device &
pre-clinical trial and optimization of the proposed prototype.
- Develop 5 instrumental sets (mechanical suction device) and
100 single-use disposable pulmonary fluid collection pouch
assemblies for a clinical trial.
- Clinical trial in mechanically ventilated patients for final
validation of the device for human use & data validation and
- The expected outcome of the proposed project is to develop a
portable mechanical suction device at an affordable rate.
- With existing technology, mechanical suctioning of pulmonary
fluid generates a considerable amount of aerosol resulting in
high risk for HIB. We want to make a device that can prevent
cross-contamination by preventing aerosol generation.
- The device would be reusable and durable. The collection sack
would be easily detachable, contamination-free, storable, and
quickly dispatched or destroyed.
- Translatability of the developed product using a startup as a
iii) Project by ICMR
Dr Amanpreet Kaur (PI), Dr Diptiman Chowdhury (CO-PI)
and Dr Arnab Pattanayak (CO-PI) have received a project grant from
Indian Council of Medical research, New Delhi for their project
entitled “Design & Development of Microwave-Based Imaging and
Hyperthermia Systems, for Diagnosis & Treatment of Skin Cancer
Respectively and Testing the Prototype in 2-D and 3-D Organotypic
Skin Epithelial Carcinoma Model”. A project grant of 59.44 Lakhs has
been approved for this project by the ICMR.
The main objective of this project is to develop a
microwave based non-invasive, non-ionising diagnosis and treatment
system for early-stage skin cancer. The proposed techniques may
significantly reduce the side effects of conventional cancer
diagnosis and treatment therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation
therapy. The validation of the proposed prototype would be done 3-D
organotypic culture mimic of the skin tumor model.
13 STUDENTS’ CORNER
i) Best Poster Award in the 26th Punjab Science Congress
Mr Praveen Kumar Yadav, first-year PhD
Research Scholar in the SPMS department working under
the supervision of Dr Raj Kumar (TIET Patiala) and
Mrutunjaya Bhuyan (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur),
won the best poster award in the 26th Punjab Science
Congress held at Shri Guru Granth Sahib World University
in collaboration with Punjab Academy of Science from
7th-9th February, 2023. The poster was titled “New
parameterization of relativistic energy density
functional for the study of surface properties of finite
nuclei”. He was awarded a medal, certificate, and cash
prize for meritorious achievement. Supervisors/
- Dr Raj Kumar, Associate Professor, TIET Patiala
- Dr Mrutunjaya Bhuyan, Sr. Lecturer (Assistant Professor),
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ii) AIESEC in Patiala attends National Leadership Summit
The National Leadership Summit (NLS 2023)
was a 5-day conference that was hosted by AIESEC in
India for all its member entities from the 14th-18th
January, 2023. It took place in the city of Jaipur in
Rajasthan and was attended by more than 300 delegates
from across the country. The theme of the conference
revolved around Leadership Development and providing the
delegates with the right practical knowledge and
experience to achieve the same. It also covered aspects
regarding the various Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs) and the delegates tried solving some of the most
crucial problems that the world is facing right now. The
agenda of the conference was to help the Incoming
Executive Bodies of the various entities strategize and
foresee the year ahead. The conference was delivered by
some of the best leaders in our country. AIESEC in
Patiala had a strong representation of 8 students from
TIET. The outcome of the conference was that the
delegates were successfully able to plan out the
upcoming year as the Executive Bodies of AIESEC and they
also got some real-life insights and experiences as to
how the corporate world functions. AIESEC in Patiala
extended gratitude to the Faculty In-Charge: Dr Ashish
Purohit (President), Dr Sonam Dullat (Vice-President)
and the Thapar Management for this opportunity.
Team Oorja, an automotive society of Thapar
Institute of Engineering & Technology, competed in the
Indian Karting Championship 2023, at Mohite's Racing
Academy in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Our team has won an
Overall 3rd Position and Best Design Presentation
nationally in the category of electric vehicles,
becoming Thapar Institute’s first team to compete in the
The team faced and overcame numerous
obstacles along the way, and it was all made worthwhile
by each member's tenacity, discipline, and technical
proficiency. We cannot express in words the constant
support extended to us by our faculty advisor- Dr
Gagandeep Kaur. We appreciate and hope they forge their
way ahead, thereby upholding the legacy.
TIET’s delegation was distinguished and
reviewed for its diligence and intellectualism on a
pan-India level at PECMUN conference held from 18th
February 2023 at Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
This has brought us immense publicity and prestige and
has added yet another feather to our institution’s cap
after our performance at the DelTech MUN and the IGDTUW
Our delegation demonstrated exceptional
knowledge, skills, and diplomacy throughout the
conference and left no stone unturned to make it
memorable for everyone.
TIET team stood first in HackNSUT, a
rigorous 30-hour offline hackathon organised by IEEE,
Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Delhi. The event
witnessed more than 50 teams shortlisted for offline
participation across India.
The team, consisted of two first year
students, managed to ideate, and bring to life, a smart
cycle-docking system for a cleaner and cheaper mode of
in-campus commute for universities.
vi) CODEUTSAVA 6.0
In a world where innovation is king and
creativity reigns supreme, there are few things more
awe-inspiring than witnessing the collective power of
passionate problem solvers, working together to push the
limits of what's possible.
CodeUtsava 6.0 by NIT Raipur was a shining
example of just that, bringing together the brightest
minds in tech to tackle some of the most pressing
challenges facing our world today. And as we celebrate
the incredible accomplishments of Team Gravity Falls
from Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, the
winners of the Environmental Monitoring problem
statement in the ICU ward, we're reminded of the
boundless potential of human ingenuity.
So let us be inspired by their creativity,
driven by their determination, and motivated by their
example to continue pushing the boundaries of what we
believe is possible. Because, as we've seen time and
time again, when we come together to solve the world's
biggest problems, anything is possible.
vii) Arihant Tanwar
Arihant Tanwar, a 3rd-year student, has
published a research paper in a Science Citation Index
(SCI) journal, an international open-access journal with
an impact factor of 2.59. This is a remarkable
accomplishment for an undergraduate student and reflects
Arihant's dedication to his field of study.
The publication is inspiring to young
students who aspire to excel academically and contribute
to their field. Thapar Institute's commitment to
promoting and encouraging undergraduate research is
evident in Arihant's success.
viii) Team MARS
Out of more than 35+ teams competing in the
International Rover Challenge 2023, MARS was delighted
to rank among the top 20 and advance to the finals. Team
MARS achieved a sixth-place finish in the finals after
participating for the first time. The team was also
awarded the title of "Emerging Team of the Year”.
We are proud of the Mechatronics and
Robotics Society of TIET for providing an ideal platform
for students of Mechanical, Mechatronics, Electronics,
Computers and Electrical Engineering background to hone
their skills and showcase their talent in many
ix) Winners of ETHOS
Ethos is a unique hackathon with a
culmination of the rich traditions of the Northeast
with the technical potential of the region.
Team Brute_force consisted of Abhilash Jena
and Rohit Bisht bagged first prize at National Level
Hackathon “Ethos”, held at IIT Guwahati from 17th December 2022 - 09th
January, 2023, along with a prize of Rs. 20,000. They
developed a software for Assam police which would help
them to enhance a picture or video and increase the
scope of further investigation. The solution consisted
of a React based software application that houses over 5
ML models like REAL ESRGEN, NAFTNET, etc.
Breaking through barriers and blistering
past horizons, we are proud to announce Abhilash Jena
and Rohit Bisht, BE students of Computer Engineering
department as the winner of Ethos-Northeast India’s
x) Team BitLock
It gives us immense pleasure to share that
TIET’s team "BitLock" emerged victorious in Ethos -
Northeast India's largest hackathon and the flagship
event of IIT Guwahati among more than 135+ finalists
from 50+ top colleges and 1000+ registrations. The event
was held from 7th-9th January, 2023 for a non-stop
effort of 36 hours. The team developed an NLP tool as a
solution to the event's ML challenge by Saptang Labs -
an IIT Madras research park-based startup.
This tool enables the users to generate
their comprehensive sentimental analysis of a queried
person along with visualisation of results and
prediction of future sentiments. Our victory is a
testament to the hard work and dedication of the team
members as well as the excellent training and resources
provided by the Computer Science & Engineering
Department and the enriching mentorship provided by Dr
Prashant Singh Rana and Dr Vaibhav Agarwal.
xi) Naman Tuli
Naman Tuli, 4th year undergraduate student
of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology has
published a research paper in the Science Citation Index
(SCI) journal "Displays".
The journal is published by Elsevier, a
leading publisher in the field of science and
technology, and has an impact factor of 3.074.
Naman's publication in this top journal
demonstrates his skills and dedication in his field of
study. TIET is committed to providing students with
high-quality education and support, and Naman's success
is a testament to this. Naman's achievement is a
remarkable one and is expected to be only the beginning
of his contributions to the scientific community.
xii) IGDTUW MUN
A delegation from Thapar was sent to Indira
Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women for the
IGDTUW MUN conference. The students from our university
competed against various prestigious colleges across the
country for two days, i.e., 27th and 28th January, 2023.
MUNs foster a knack for policy-making and
ideology-building among students and inculcate into them
the principles of democracy and debate. The level of
debate was competitive and enthralling for the
participants and was at par with the MUNs at Thapar.
Thapar’s delegation was distinguished and
reviewed for its diligence and intellectualism on an
inter-college level. The strong presence of our
institute in the debating sphere has once again proved
the zeal our students represent.
xiii) Gurcharan Kaura
Gurcharan Kaura, BE 3rd year student of
CSE, TIET has published a book titled ‘Real Estate in
India’. In this book, he has covered all the
aspects of the growing Indian Real Estate Industry
(expected to be $1 trillion by 2030). Book provides an
overview of the market’s present scenario and future
trends like datacenters, warehousing, and the silver
economy. Property valuation methods, Documentation,
REITs, Prop-Tech, few tips for buyers and sellers of
property, how to become a millionaire investor with 10
millionaires strategies like turnkey, BRRRR,
fix-and-flip are some of the key components covered in
this book. He has also discussed his own company and its
functioning along with the business model of some
companies working in the real estate and construction
xiv) SMART PUNJAB HACKATHON
Team SUNS stands as the first runner-up in
"Smart Punjab Hackathon". The competition witnessed
participation of over 300 students from Thapar Students
as well as other institutes all over India, working on 5
unique challenge domains namely Automation, Mad-Tech,
Open Innovation, Agri-Tech, and Smart Cities.
The team made Project PUNJAB - SmartSwitch
which helps reduce the over-exploitation of groundwater
and save electricity through use of low-cost open source
hardware and Machine Learning. Ultimately helping the
economy of Punjab.
xv) Pitch It Challenge
Team 'Dune' emerged as the second runner-up
of the "Pitch It Challenge" organised at IIT Jodhpur.
The competition witnessed more than 100 teams from
institutes all over the country. The participants were
tested on their pitching skills and understanding of a
venture.They had to analyse the venture they chose and
understand the critical aspects of entrepreneurship and
the business model of a product.
The team was invited to pitch an
alternative to an existing product at iStart Nest, the
Government of Rajasthan’s incubation centre, which is
the only centralised incubator in the country providing
free incubation to emerging startups. They pitched
'biodegradable silk batteries' in the final round as an
alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
xvi) ENCODE CLUB X LIVEPEER HACKATHON
Vansh Gehlot from Team Dragverse has
achieved great success in the "Encode Club x Livepeer
Hackathon". This 8-week global competition brought
together some of the brightest minds in the
decentralised technology space to build innovative video
creator tools and applications on Livepeer.
Their project, Dragverse (dragverse.io) is
a web app that empowers drag artists and enthusiasts to
create, share, mint, and stream their art while building
their own communities. This platform is a testament to
the team's dedication, creativity, and technical skills.
The team is honoured to have been
recognised as one of the top three winners of the
hackathon, receiving a cash prize of $3,000 (₹2,40,000)
and the admiration of some leading web3 companies
xvii) DelTech MUN
The Thapar MUN team has won the ‘Special
Mention’ award at the prestigious DeITech MUN. The
strong presence of our institute in the debating sphere
has once again proved the zeal our students represent.
It’s a proud moment for us to share the
achievement of our students that has been instrumental
in promoting and uplifting the reputation of our
institution on a greater level.
Akul was a part of the simulation of the
United Nations Commission for the Status of Women
(UNCSW). At the same time, Aditya and Krish participated
in the GST Council, where their viewpoints gained
gravitas among their fellow delegates. Akul and Aditya
individually won the 'Special Mention' award in their
respective committees. Thapar’s delegation was
distinguished and reviewed for its diligence and
intellectualism on an inter-college level.
The DelTech MUN and Debating Society
organised the conference and is undoubtedly one of the
most notable MUNs in the Delhi Circuit. The students
competed against colleges from across the country,
including BITS, NSUT, and IGDTUW, among many other
prestigious institutions, for two days, i.e. the 7th and
the 8th of January, 2023.
MUNs foster a knack for policy-making and
ideology-building among students and inculcate into them
the principles of democracy and debate. The level of
debate was competitive and enthralling for the
participants and was at par with the Thapar MUNs.
xviii) Winner Of Women Code to Win
TIET team has won ServiceNow Women Code to
Win Hackathon'23, organised through Unstop platform. It
was a one-month online event, consisting of Coding round
and Prototype submission. With over 30,000+ female
engineering students participating from more than 1500
colleges in India, the event witnessed rigorous
competition among talented women who came together to
innovate and develop incredible solutions.
Team EDUKIDS, consisted of Sanjoli
aggarwal, Taruna and Tanisha Parkash, all 3rd year
Computer Engineering students of Thapar under the
guidance of Dr Prashant Singh Rana and Basavraj
Chinagundi, a 4th year student of TIET, developed an
interactive online learning app for small kids named
EDUKIDS, to provide a game based and personalised
learning experience and emerged as the winning team.
xix) Publication of Poetry Collection (The
Void of Words)
The twenty-year-old writer's journal entry
that began as simple doodles has evolved into this
moving collection of poems titled ‘The Void of Words’.
We are immensely proud of Saniya’s first publication as
a writer. It is available on various online platforms,
including Amazon, Flipkart and Barnes & Nobles. It is
also available at the Nava Nalanda Central Library.
We could definitely see the line of magic
that she drew through her words and feel it humming
xx) Best Poster Award at International
Conference held at Dibrugarh University, Assam
Parmjeet Kaur pursuing PhD Chemistry under
the supervision of Dr Vikas Tyagi won the Best Poster
Award at the International Conference held at Dibrugarh
University, Assam. She presented her poster on the topic
of rational design of nano-biohybrid catalyst and its
application for Chemo-enzymatic cascade reactions.
SUPERPOWERS & FATAL FLAWS
(Punya Garg, 1st Year,
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering)
Superhero stories are filled with special weaknesses
for the favorite do-gooders. [some of the bad guys have special
weaknesses, too]. The idea is an old and familiar one. It’s
Achilles’ heel: individuals with extraordinary powers nonetheless
possess that one soft spot, sometimes fatal, that can render them
mere mortals, or worse, make them even weaker than us ordinary
Marvel comics popularized the idea that a superhero’s
weakness needn’t be a specific item or action, but rather, it could
be an ordinary human flaw. For instance, Bruce Banner’s propensity
toward anger is his weakness. Spider man’s flaws are those of most
adolescents. He’s short sighted, prone to unnecessary risks, and
cocky. What makes some of Stan Lee’s best creations so much fun and
interesting is that these flaws are familiar to all of us, even when
beings who aren’t even human possess them.
The very things that can expose superheroes to trouble
can be a source of strength for them as well. Sure, anger is
weakness of Bruce Banner’s. But it’s also his strength. Heck, Hulk
gets stronger and stronger the angrier he gets. Spider man’s
cocksure attitude often puts him unnecessarily in harm’s way, but it
also helps him save the day.
Moving ahead of marvels in DC comics as well, Batman’s
childhood trauma has been a weakness exploited by many of his
villains, but it’s also the source of his drive to fight crime and
pursue justice. So, weakness needn’t just be plot devices used to
challenge impossibly powerful superheroes. They can also be ways to
complicate superheroes in exciting and engaging ways.
Apart from it, what might be a strength could also
manifest as a weakness depending on the situations or whether the
character is unable to manage it. When a strength goes into overuse,
it becomes a weakness. So It’s really important to know what your
real strengths and weaknesses are in order to leverage your strength
and improve your weaknesses. The day when even us humans recognise
our strength and weaknesses we could probably be as outstanding,
inspiring and amazing as superheroes are.
Thapar Institute Counselling Cell (TICC) would urge
the readers to think about your weaknesses or flaws that turned
into a powerful weapon in the nick time. You could share an
experience or a sign to change something not to overcome your
shortcomings but instead leverage it. So next time you find
yourself sucking on something or subject look at it from a
different 'a superhero ‘perspective or maybe write to us till
THE RISE OF
BIOTECHNOLOGY IN 2023
(Saniya Sethi, 1st Year,
Department of Biotechnology)
“Biotechnology has made it technologically possible
to build the monster; patent law is making it politically
Biotechnology has a major role in your life than you
might think. With the advent of new technologies and breakthroughs
in genetic engineering, biotech companies are racing to develop new
treatments and cures for diseases that were once thought to be
incurable. One of the most exciting developments in biotechnology is
the use of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology. This revolutionary
technique allows scientists to edit genes with unprecedented
precision, opening up new possibilities for treating genetic
disorders and diseases.
CRISPR-Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing tool that
allows scientists to make precise changes to DNA sequences. It works
by using a molecule called RNA to guide an enzyme called Cas9 to the
specific location in the genome where the change is desired. Once
there, Cas9 cuts the DNA, allowing researchers to add, delete, or
replace specific genes. This technology has enormous potential for
treating genetic disorders and diseases. For example, it could be
used to correct mutations that cause diseases like sickle cell
anaemia or cystic fibrosis. It could also be used to create new
therapies for cancer or other diseases.
However, there are also concerns about the potential
unintended consequences of using this technology. For example,
making changes to one gene could have unforeseen effects on other
genes or on the organism as a whole. There are also ethical concerns
about using this technology to create so-called "designer babies"
with specific traits. Despite these concerns, CRISPR-Cas9 is a
powerful tool that has already led to many exciting breakthroughs in
biotechnology and holds great promise for the future.
In addition to treating genetic disorders and diseases,
gene editing technology has many other potential applications. For
example, it could be used to create crops that are more resistant to
pests or drought or to develop new biofuels. It could also be used
to create new animal models for studying human diseases or to
engineer bacteria that can break down environmental pollutants.
Another exciting area of research is using gene editing technology
to create "gene drives" - genetic modifications that spread rapidly
through a population. This could be used, for example, to eliminate
disease-carrying mosquitoes or invasive species.
However, as with any new technology, there are concerns
about the potential risks and unintended consequences of using gene
editing. It is essential that we proceed with caution and carefully
consider the ethical implications of our actions.
Additionally, an area of biotechnology that is rapidly
advancing is synthetic biology. Scientists are now able to create
entirely new organisms by designing and synthesising DNA sequences.
This can potentially revolutionise fields such as medicine,
agriculture, and energy production.
But with these exciting advances come ethical concerns.
The ability to edit genes raises questions about what traits should
be considered desirable or acceptable, and who gets to make those
decisions. And the creation of new organisms raises questions about
their impact on ecosystems and biodiversity. Despite these concerns,
the emergence of biotechnology promises to have a profound impact on
our world in the years to come.
As we continue to push the boundaries of what is
possible, we must also grapple with the ethical implications of
our actions. For this reason, we need to ensure that these
technologies are used responsibly.
(Tanmay Shankar Beriha,
2nd Year, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering)
Education is the most powerful weapon you can use
to change the world. - Nelson Mandela
But with a world changing faster than the eye can
blink, the means of education must also change with them! January
1,1983, the date that marks the beginning of the age of Technology
with the birth of the internet. Rapid changes in communication,
production, and entertainment have led to a new era of development
and progress. With new fields like bitcoin, cloud computing, IoT,
and AI emerging in the past decade, it feels like the world has
changed twice over, and the truth is, it has. Globalisation has
carried these changes to all parts of the globe and connected even
the most remote village of Nepal to the bustling streets of New
York. Now even distance can't hold back those who wish to succeed!
The possibilities in this age of Technology are
endless, and so it reminds me of how we used to sit as children
counting stars in the night sky, dreaming about what we could be! I
vividly remember when people used to ask me what I wanted to be, my
answer would always be an mcq, never a single thing. These memories
hit hard in college when once again you are faced with an ocean of
possibilities, with one person having to choose between web
development, game development, IoT, digital design, AI/ml, data
science, graphic design, competitive programming, cybersecurity and
a plethora of other fields. Not only that, the curriculums might not
always keep up with the technological needs, and sometimes entire
courses may get outdated by the time a semester ends. In such a
situation, there is a need for education to evolve on the go.
Keeping in mind the traditional methods and core concepts that are
essential, the application of these needs to develop according to
It is highly impossible for a singular curriculum to
meet the needs of all students wishing to study different fields
with varying interests but what is possible is for colleges to tie
up with foundations like Coursera, Udemy, EDX and promote the use of
various other online resources like MOOCs, khan academy, code with
harry, the cherno, krish naik, neso academy to supplement the
courses. Such E-learning resources will help the students learn as
they wish and rediscover where their interests live.
Project based learning is another learning method that
helps students develop as they learn the applications of the core
concepts but also how to correct their own mistakes. Projects also
help them learn and understand things better as we all know gaining
knowledge and applying it are two very different things. One more
advantage would be that in these projects they would not have to
follow a fixed pattern of learning but can utilise and learn however
they want to and then make that knowledge concrete by applying it.
These research projects also look good on the students cv and help
pave a way for them to build more upon.
This can further be improved with modern methods like
flipped classrooms, crossover teaching and focus more on the
analytical and experiential part of learning rather than testing the
students on much they could mug up in one night. All these
changes in our system of education would help the students flourish
instead of feeling exhausted tied to a curriculum they don’t feel
comfortable with. I believe that these changes would bring about a
revolution in the world of education making our students much more
prepared to face future challenges and innovate to help us overcome
THE ROLE OF
CHANGING ATTITUDES IN STEM
(Shatakshi Gaur, 2nd Year,
The gender disparity in one of the highly-paid sectors,
STEM, is more pronounced than anticipated. Across all industries,
women are promoted at a delaying rate than their male counterparts.
Engineering prevails to be the most male-dominated field in STEM,
with most women who study often trail back to start a career in
other domains. Both men and women have similar success rates in the
classroom, throughout the degree, women tend to question their
problem-solving abilities as they progress through the years. Women
who stayed in engineering did so for the same reasons as men – their
companies invested in their training and professional development
and recognized their talent and contributions. They offered them
opportunities and clear paths to advance their growth further.
It’s worth noticing that significant changes have been
brought by various organisations working for this cause. The
corporate sector has seen a rise in women employees with more female
representation in leading roles. With more and more women being seen
in research and teaching, the education sector has also seen a
notable change in the gender ratio. But we are not there yet, as we
still have a long way to cover. Over the past few decades, there has
been a significant shift in attitudes towards gender equality in
engineering, closing the gender gap in this field. As attitudes have
evolved, more and more women have entered the engineering field,
leading to a more diverse and inclusive profession. While there is
still work to be done to close the gender gap in engineering
completely, the changing attitudes towards gender equality and
diversity have made significant progress towards achieving this
For this problem to be addressed and to curb the
elevated rates of women leaving engineering, attempts should be made
to resolve the significant issues women face in universities and the
To fix this culture, we need a more coordinated
approach. Courses should be structured to teach awareness of social
issues. Journals and funding agencies should focus more on research
with equal representation of female researchers. Governments,
schools, parents and private sector partners should see STEM as a
promising educational approach to quality learning and women
empowerment. Using a girl-centered approach, STEM skills can be
developed in young girls who can further take up this career without
failing to have an early or later exit. The corporate sector should
look for a different work culture that women seek. Unrecognised and
overworked women leaders should be recognized and appreciated.
Workplaces should also have strict policies to restrain cases of
sexism or harassment. They should encourage a more open and
welcoming environment for the victims to speak up and get justice.
With reforms required at every field level, it’s time that the study
and work culture starts considering the problems and aims to repair
the broken rung. Changing attitudes towards gender roles and
equality can help create a more diverse and inclusive STEM
workforce, which is essential for advancing scientific progress and
14 ALUMNI CORNER
i) Er. Daljit Inderpal Singh Grewal
Thapar Institute’s alumnus Er. Daljit
Inderpal Singh Grewal has been appointed as New Director
Distribution, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited.
Er. Daljit Inderpal Singh Grewal joined PSEB in 1985 as
trainee engineer and rose to the level of
Engineer-in-Chief and served PSPCL for more than 35
years. He served as Engineer-in-Chief Distribution
Central Zone, Chief Engineer South Zone and SE
An effervescent leader with a dynamic
persona, never ends to amaze those around him.
ii) Major Rohit Kadian
Our alumni Major Rohit Kadian represented
India at World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor
2023 hosted by the City of Toruń, Poland.
Major Rohit Kadian (42 years) from Indian
Army presently posted at Delhi Cantt has been active in
the field of sports and fitness since his school days.
He holds two National Records in Limca Book of records
i.e backwards running 5 km in 29 min 29 sec made in the
year 2011 and max toe touches to a horizontal rope in 1
minute made in the year 2017. Last year during Jun-Jul
2022, he represented India at World Masters Athletic
Championship at Tampere, Finland and broke the National
Records in both 800 m race and 1500 m race in 40 plus
He has also registered for WMA 2023
Championship at Torun, Poland in the 40-45 age group
where he’ll be participating in 800m, 1500m and 3000m
iii) Sikh business leaders of India
It is worth appreciating the work of our
two alumni who have added their names as distinguished
educationists. Mr Hardeep Singh Brar and Mr Amuleek
Singh Bijral have gloriously added in the book by virtue
of their ability that Sikh leaders in entrepreneurship
act as guiding stars.
The book covers 51 inspirational and
motivational sagas of dauntless Sikh heroes so that not
only our nation but the whole world sings their
contribution. The Sikh History is replete with
personalities who have put in hard work with patience
and perseverance and touched the heights of success but
always honoured the tenets of Sikhism.
iv) Divyansh Kaushik
Divyansh Kaushik secured a highly coveted
designation as Associate Director for Emerging
Technologies and National Security Policy, Federation of
American Scientists, USA. Thapar Institute believes that
alumni are the brand ambassadors and torchbearers of the
v) Arpit Mangal
We are extremely thrilled to celebrate the
outstanding accomplishments of our alumni Arpit
Mangal.This feats and career lifecycle is the hallmark
of the TIET education as well as the quality of the
students that have passed out with flying colours.
Ubreathe is a biotech startup that develops
plant-based air purifiers. Incubated at IIT Ropar,
Ubreathe provides sustainable and green solutions for
cleaner and fresher air while tackling a larger spectrum
of air pollutants. It secured a deal of ₹1.5 crore from
Namita Thapar on the popular television show Shark Tank.
The episode was aired on 14th February, 2023.
vi) Dr Maneek Kumar
Dr Maneek Kumar pleasantly surprised us
with a collection of his first book of poems in Hindi-
Musings of a Wandering Soul. In this modern world of
undying trends and fads, only a few people can retain a
classic. This book is for those who wish to explore
their own subconscious and dive into the beautiful
imagination of the poet’s mind.
vii) Vimal Kapur
Thapar Institute of Engineering &
Technology alumnus Vimal Kapur is appointed as the CEO
of Honeywell International Inc. It is an American
publicly traded, multinational conglomerate corporation
headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A student of Instrumentation Branch of 1986
batch. He possesses three decades of experience leading
diversified manufacturers' various businesses. The
corner office of a premier American MNC has yet again
been held by a business executive of Indian descent.
viii) Gauri Singh
We are spellbound as Ms Gauri Singh is
featured in the Builder’s Friend 2023 magazine at page
18 and 19. A motivating interview and full of pride and
inspiration. She is the Managing Director at ARK Bath
Fittings for the last 28 years.
ix) Rajiv Anand
Rajiv Anand, alumnus of Thapar Institute of
Engineering & Technology- BE (Instrumentation &
Controls) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Quartic.ai.,
Toronto, Canada. It is a platform that allows
manufacturers to build, deploy, and scale AI
applications to increase supply chain efficiency. He
started as an Instrumentation and Controls engineer and
served the process (manufacturing) automation industry
for over 30 years.
x) Dr Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja
Our Alumnus, Dr Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja
of Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology,
BSc-(Electronics & Electrical Engineering) is the CTO &
Vice President at Pure Storage, an American publicly
traded technology company headquartered in mountain
view, California, United States, which develops
all-flash data storage hardware and software products.
xi) Anjali Sharma
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology alumnus, Anjali
Sharma of BE Computer Science Department received the “Woman Leader of the
Year” Award at the 4th Women Empowerment Summit- 2023.
15 EVENTS AT TIET
i) Workshop on the “Design and Development of Wearable
Antennas for Biomedical Applications
The TIET-VT-CEEMS organised a two day hands on workshop
on the “Design and Development of Wearable Antennas for
Biomedical Applications” with Dr Amanpreet Kaur (Assistant
Professor, ECED), Dr Arnab Pattanayak (Assistant Professor, ECED)
and Dr Ashima Singh (Associate Professor, CSED) as the coordinators
of the workshop.
The two-day hands-on workshop had 8 sessions 1.5 hours’
duration each which covered almost all the major aspects related to
the Design, Optimization, Development, and Deployment of Microstrip / Dielectric Resonator Antennas for biomedical applications like
cancer diagnosis, Cancer treatment, Glucose monitoring etc. Speakers
from ISRO, NIT, Math works (industry), and TIET delivered the expert
talks. The workshop was successfully completed with high-quality
feedback from the participants. The aim to acquaint the faculty and
research scholars in the area of Design, Development and the aspects
related to antennas for biomedical applications was successfully
ii) Eureka 6.0
EUREKA is a multi-day flagship event organised annually
by Thapar Amateur Astronomers Society (TAAS) inviting interested
participants together to celebrate our love for astronomy.
The open-to-all pre-events to EUREKA 6.0 included a Group Discussion,
where people sharing the same interests presented their views on a
multitude of different topics in a structured and organised way. The
2nd event was “THE GRANDFATHER PARADOX”, a storyline-based scavenger
hunt. The participants were divided into teams, grouping their
observation and problem-solving skills to find the clues and riddles
scattered across the campus and solve them expeditiously. The final
pre-event was the Watch Party. The movie “Arrival (2016)” was
screened in the main auditorium. It was a fun and engaging event to
reciprocate the deeper meaning behind a themed film and discuss the
key moments and plots with like-minded individuals and those who
want to learn more about it.
On 25th and 26th February, 2023 the 2-day Lecture symposium was held
jointly by TAAS and Thapar Mathematical Society (TMS).
On 25th February, offline lectures on Machine Learning were delivered
by the faculty from TIET including Dr Kavita Goyal and Dr. Mamta
Gulati from School of Mathematics with Dr Prashant Singh Rana from
CSE Department. Dr Goyal and Dr Gulati explained the basics of
machine-learning and the involved mathematical concepts. Dr Rana
presented a hands-on session on the applications and versatility of
machine learning algorithms. The session was also hosted online
through zoom, where interested students from many different colleges
and domains were able to attend the session virtually with active
participation. Dr Mahesh, the head of School of Mathematics, was our
guest of honour.
On 26th February, the session was held in a hybrid mode. Dr Yogesh
Wadadekar from NCRA Pune and Dr Shantanu Desai from IIT Hyderabad
joined us virtually through zoom. Dr Wadadekar spoke on “Teaching
machines to study galaxies” and Dr Desai shared his knowledge on
utilising regression techniques in astrophysics.
All professors mentored the session interactively and accounted for
time to clear all doubts of online and offline participants.
iii) STUTI Workshop
ICT STUTI sponsored by DST was held for seven days, at Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology and inaugurated by Prof Padmakumar Nair, Director, TIET.
iv) URJA 2023
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology celebrated
its Annual Interuniversity Sports fest- URJA 2023 amidst great
mirth, verve and camaraderie. URJA sparked that fire- and gave an
opportunity to showcase the talents that all students have been
honing all this while.
Over 500 students from different Institutes, including IITs and NITs
participated in three days of intense competitions. TIET has given
stupendous performance in the fest by winning medals and trophies in
individual as well as in team events and became the overall
Champions of URJA’23. The Fest was inaugurated by the Director of
TIET, Prof Padmakumar Nair.
For the opening ceremony we had Mr Mayank Dagar, IPL and Domestic
Cricketer as Guest of Honour. The closing ceremony was graced by
Chief Guest, Ms Manat Kashyap, under 19 India Cricketer.
This event would not have been a great success without Dr Rajesh
Khanna, Faculty Advisor URJA23 and his team and Mr Lakhbir Singh,
Deputy Director Sports and all coaches and groundmen who worked
tirelessly for many days. A big shoutout to everyone!
Mayank Dagar is a domestic cricketer who plays for Himachal Pradesh
in domestic cricket. He was part of India's squad for 2016 Under-19
Cricket World Cup. Mayank has not only recorded a better score in
the much-hyped ‘Yo-Yo test’. In terms of score, the 26-year old
registered the best yo-yo score of 19.3 to top the esteemed list of
Indian cricketers which has names like Kohli and Manish Pandey. We
were thrilled to host Mayank Dagar on Thapar Institute of
Engineering & Technology campus as Guest of Honour at URJA 2023.
Our students won the following events:
||TABLE TENNIS (GIRLS)
||SHOT PUT (BOYS)
||SHOT PUT (GIRLS)
||LONG JUMP (GIRLS)
||4X100 M. RELAY RACE (GIRLS)
||4X100 M. RELAY RACE (BOYS)
v) Tech Startup
Under its SHE Initiative, Punjab State Council for
Science and Technology organised its fourth “Tech Startup - Connect
& Grow” event in partnership with TIET, Patiala, on 15th February,
The initiative was supported by various Innovation
Ecosystem Enablers of Punjab.
vi) Blood donation camp by
Rotaract club of TIET organised a Blood Donation Camp
in collaboration with Rajendra Government Hospital and Lifeline
Blood Bank (Government approved) on 15th February, 2023.
To spread awareness on the importance of donating blood
and other important prerequisites, a team from Walia Hospital and
Rajendra Hospital conducted a seminar on 13th February, 2023 from
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
The enlightening session was concluded by refreshments
and certificates to all attendees. The event was sponsored by Punjab
Gramin Bank and Rotary Club Patiala Midtown.
vii) Sci-Fest 2023
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology honoured
science with its Sci-Fest held on 18th March,2023. TIET is one of
India's oldest and greatest educational institutions, providing a
consistent supply of highly trained personnel to the country and
16 STUDENT ALUMNI INTERACTION CELL
The alumni reunions organised in the Thapar Institute
of Engineering & Technology, under the guidance of Head-Alumni
Engagement Ms Mansi Bhargava, witnessed that no segregation or
interval of time can lessen the bond of those who have been
thoroughly persuaded by each other.
The three-day alumni reunions planned for the classes of 1972 and
1997 on 24th-25th December, 2022, and for the class of 1970 on
10th–11th February, 2023 recreated college and campus life for
Thapar alumni, as well as the nostalgic "back to home" feeling. The
first day of the reunions was planned with a welcome note and a
Cultural event night, which went on all throughout the evening, to
reminisce about the fests during their college time. The Chief
Guest, Dr Batish, spoke about the institute, the growth it has made
over the last five years, and the vision ahead. He also shared how
Alumni can contribute towards building the perception of the Indian
Flag as a token of respect and appreciation. The first day concluded
with the alumni enjoying a mouthwatering dinner and ending the
evening with a bonfire, festivities, and dancing, cherishing the
The second day started with the same excitement and a "Back to
Classroom" activity in which the alumni were once again back in
their old classrooms with the same old question paper, "a mechanical
quiz," experiencing their stressful exam times in a lighthearted
manner. The alumni of the college also addressed the students and
shared their experiences and success stories with them. They
discussed important issues like the importance of education, the
role of hard work and dedication in achieving success, and the
importance of teamwork. The alumni, including Er. DP Sabharwal, Er.
Vir Narula, and Er. Ashok Lal Wahi, among others, shared their
inspiring stories and valuable life lessons. With their experiences
and learnings, our distinguished guests shed light on the path of a
student into professional life and encouraged the students with
their personal achievements. At the end of the day, the
distinguished alumni presented 1.25 hundred thousand rupees to the
Student Alumni Interaction cell as a token of appreciation for their
contribution in the Alumni Reunion.
Thanking all the alumni and participants, the event ended on a
pleasant note and with the hopes of meeting again, capturing all
these moments in photographs, and creating remembrances.
17 THAPAR INSTITUTE COUNSELLING CELL
Thapar Institute Counselling Cell (TICC) took steps towards its goal, ‘End the Stigma'. Apart from individual counselling services, the cell held various sessions and workshops for the TIET community, imparting valuable information pertaining to mental health.
For the caretakers of all the hostels, TICC organised a workshop on ‘Mental Health Awareness Support Training’ on November 16, 2022. To help the attendees feel more comfortable talking about mental health, the session placed a lot of emphasis on understanding mental well-being and highlighting its importance. The main objectives of this workshop were to raise knowledge of and comprehension of psychological first aid (PFA). Dr Sonam Dullat, Manager (Student Counsellor), conducted the workshop.
From November 29 to December 3, 2022, TICC organised a second workshop of a similar nature on ‘Psychological Well-Being Support Session’ for the Student Executive Committee Team of the PG, G, E, I, and Q Hostels. Dr Sonam Dullat Manager (Student Counsellor) conducted the workshop.
To assist students in recovering from and overcoming common issues and challenges in their daily lives, Dr Sonam Dullat led a variety of group therapy sessions. A few of these sessions included: The session on ‘The Importance of Prioritisation’ on November 2, 2022, focused primarily on setting priorities, removing barriers that relate to priorities, and striving for big rocks, pebbles, and sand (in defining daily tasks). On December 5, 2022, a session on ‘Overcoming Procrastination’ aimed at defining procrastination, various types of procrastinators, and strategies to reduce procrastination. On December 12, 2022, a group therapy session themed ‘Art to Practise Detachment’ was held. This session revolved around understanding attachment and detachment, how attachment affects emotions, various attachment categories, and how to practise detachment depending on each style.On January 17, 2023, another group therapy session was held to discuss how to ‘Stop Overthinking in a Relationship'. This session focused on increasing awareness of toxic behaviour, attachment styles, and the consequences of toxic behaviour, identifying the triggers and frequency of thoughts, and tracking and writing them down. The session on February 6, 2023, was on the ‘Importance of Boundaries’, and it was solely focused on defining boundaries, comprehending co-dependent and interdependent relationships, learning how to define values, emphasising attachment styles, and engaging the group in activities to help them conceptualise boundaries practically.
The cell conducted numerous Let’s Talk sessions that were open to the student community at TIET. The sessions were on topics pertaining to ways and measures that lead to the betterment of mental health. Some of these sessions are listed below.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Adjustment Issues’ on November 4, 2022: The session was based on our understanding of what adjustment is, how adjustment problems impact our overall health, and the approaches we may use to deal with them when social and peer pressures have an impact on our ability to go about our daily lives.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Art Therapy’ on January 20, 2023: This session's goal was to improve participants' self-communication. Aid them in interpreting, articulating, and resolving their feelings and thoughts. To utilise art to help students explore their emotions, comprehend the difficulties or feelings that are upsetting them, and find a solution.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Emotions’ on February 3, 2023: The session objective was to provide knowledge of the idea of emotions to the audience, to ensure that the participants understood the significance of appropriately regulating emotions, and to familiarise them with their own set of feelings.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Setting Boundaries’ on February 8, 2023: The session goal was to be mindful that we require boundaries in the same amounts that others do. What impact does it have on our mental and interpersonal well-being? By defining our boundaries, we make clear what we expect from others and what actions we will not stand for.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Self-Esteem’ on February 13, 2023: This session's goal was to encourage us to reflect critically on how we see ourselves and how our self-esteem has developed. Participants were urged to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and come up with ideas for how to boost their self-esteem when they are feeling low. They were also asked to consider how their sense of self-worth impacts how they interact with others in social situations. To comprehend and explain how current self-esteem may be shaped by prior experiences.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Overthinking’ on February 20, 2023: To provide insight into the inner workings of overthinking, prevalent over thinker behavioural patterns, an awareness of why we overthink, and techniques for minimising it.
‘Let’s Talk Session: Dance Therapy’ on February 27, 2023: We tried to keep the session light and enjoyable, taking into account the forthcoming exams and making sure that the audience experienced the space in a positive state of mind. The session focused on understanding dance therapy's principles and practical applications to foster their ability to express themselves freely and interact with others, improve self-image, spontaneity, bodily awareness, and creativity, and encourage and incorporate emotional stability (such as stress management and anger management). The activity taught them how to convey their feelings through their bodies rather than using words, emphasising self-expression through movement. We were thrilled to see the audience engaged, smiling, and enjoying themselves all the way through.
18 CENTRE FOR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Centre for Training & Development (CTD) conceptualises,
designs and conducts a range of programs to help students develop
employability skills. The Centre also organises training for staff
to ensure higher work productivity. The following key initiatives
were taken by the Centre in January-March 2023:
The Centre organised a proficiency assessment campaign, from 20th
December – 03rd March for UG third year students, with the following components:
- A strategically designed test, comprising MCQs based on
aptitude, work personality, interests and motivations.
- A detailed student report, mentioning statistically generated
coefficients to reflect proficiencies in professional domains.
- A personalised counselling session on the basis of the above
report, with strategic inputs on preparing for the challenges
The Centre conducted a special assessment & development drive, from
20th March – 31st March for UG third year students, covering the
- A comprehensively designed Skill Assessment Test (SAT), with
MCQs spanning across thirteen skills critical for professional
development and success: lateral thinking, critical reasoning,
service orientation, inferential reasoning, quantitative
ability, verbal ability, analytical reasoning, spatial
reasoning, data analysis, diagnostic reasoning, visual
reasoning, financial intelligence and situation judgement.
- An elaborate report, indicating student capabilities across
these various skill domains.
- An e - handbook for guiding students with respect to developing
the above mentioned skills. The program was conducive in giving
the students an understanding of ‘how to address the gap between
current and expected skill levels' and 'how to prepare for the
internship / campus placement interviews'. The Centre launched
two certificate courses in the first week of February for first
year students of UG and PG programs: Communicating Professional
Worth and Personal Branding.
- The certificate course on Communicating Professional Worth is
designed to help students to develop the communication skills
necessary to showcase professional worth, establish channels to
communicate value to stakeholders, and understand the STAR
(Situation-Task-Action-results) technique of marketing oneself.
- The certificate course on Personal Branding covers areas like
empathy, people & collaboration skills, proactive and positive
attitude, critical thinking, persuasive discourse, negotiation
techniques, decision making and conflict resolution. It is
designed to help students to identify unique strengths and
skills for crafting a powerful personal brand.
Apart from the above, the Centre organised
practice sessions on group
discussions, case analysis, guesstimates and personal interviews for
Dr Sheena Chhabra, Dr Sonam Dullat, Dr Apurva Bakshi, Mr Sanmeet Sidhu
Designed & Developed by: OMLogic