The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur is all set to open two new departments in the fields of Design, Space Science and Astronomy, making the total tally to 20 academic departments. The institute has already given approval for setting up this new department.
The institute’s design programme has been in existence since 2002 and it will now be transformed into the Department of Design. The institute is also planning to launch a Bachelor of Design programme starting as early as 2023.
The Design Department will be headed by Professor Nachiketa Tiwari, the current Head of the Design Programme. It would have a design cell to address the needs of the industry in areas of new product conceptualization and development, product design, engineering design, branding, user experience, and packaging.
The Department of Space Science and Astronomy will be devoted to the broad field of space, planetary, astronomical sciences and engineering.
The institute claims it to be one of the first-of-its-kind departments in India to bring together engineers, astronomers, astrophysicists, and planetary scientists in order to meet the growing requirement of education, training and research in some vital areas of research, such as instrumentation for space missions and Astronomical observatories, Spacecraft design, and Space Mission planning, among others.