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International Standing and Accolades: Case for special status by the Government

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai was established as the Department of Chemical Technology on 1st October 1933 by the University of Mumbai, through active support of industries and philanthropists. The Institute was most popularly known as UDCT, Mumbai. Research has been an integral part of ICT since its inception and it has created over 500 first generation entrepreneurs. The UDCT grew significantly in stature and was granted autonomy under UGC regulations by the University of Mumbai and further converted into an Institute on 26th January 2002. Under the World Bank TEQIP programme, the Maharashtra government granted it full autonomy in June 2004. Due to the recommendations of the Government of Maharashtra and the University of Mumbai, the ICT was granted Deemed University Status by the MHRD on 12th September 2008, with all provisions of the UGC for funding and support as the state-owned deemed university.

The ICT has brought kudos to India, despite being at a disadvantaged position with reference to other technological institutes of national importance, particularly the IITs, IISc, ISERS, NISERs and Central Universities. Its stellar performance is reflected in the following:

1. The MHRD had evaluated all deemed universities in the country in 2009 and granted “A” grade to 38 universities among 135 deemed universities. The ICT is rated as Number One Deemed University with “A” grade. It is the only one among 4 in Maharashtra State, the other 3 being centrally funded TIFR, TISS, and CIFE.

2. The ICT has also been rated as Number One Institute by NPIU among 127 TEQIP funded Institutes, all over India, in October 2010.

3. Biospectrum magazine in August 2010 has also rated ICT’s programme as Number One among all biotechnology programmes in the country and the first prize was bestowed on 17th December at Bangalore.

4. A survey was published by Professor Jude Sommerfeld of Georgia Tech., USA in January 2011 showing that the ICT is Number One Institute in India far ahead of several others including IITs, and it is also in top 10 in the world in Chemical Engineering. This rank has been maintained since 1970s.

5. Very recently the UGC decided to recognize faculty who has supervised as single guides at least 15 Ph.Ds. The ICT has a record of 11 faculties who qualified for special grants. The Director (Vice Chancellor) Professor G. D. Yadav is the topmost among all academics with the supervision of 61 Ph.Ds. and 58 Masters degree holders. He is the only serving faculty in the State to be a Fellow of the TWAS- the Academy of the Developing World, Trieste, Italy, including Fellowship of INSA.

6. The ICT produced 100 Ph.D.s during 2009-10 which is the record for any institute in India engaged in chemical engineering and technology.

The Institute has a glorious history of 78 years, having produced many industrialists, academics, bureaucrats, Padma awardees, secretaries to Government Departments, directors of CSIR labs and over 500 first generation entrepreneurs. The institute has very strong linkages with industry and produced some of the topmost academics and industrialists. Some of the distinguished alumni include- Padmavibhushan Professor M.M. Sharma, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Padmabhushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, former Director General, CSIR, Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, Padmashri Dr. K. Anji Reddy, Chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, Shri Ashwin Dani, Vice-Chairman, Asian Paints Ltd., Shri C.V. Gogri, Chairman, Aarti Group of Industries, Dr. K. H. Gharda, Chairman and Managing Director, Gharda Chemicals and the Late Manubhai Shah, Commerce Minister in Pt. Nehru’s Cabinet.

The ICT has been receiving various grants and projects from the UGC, DAE, DBT, DST and other agencies, and Indian and foreign industries, with several centres of excellence: Centres of Advanced Studies in Chemical Engineering, Food Engineering and Technology, Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Physico-Chemical Aspects of Textiles, Fibres, Dyes & Polymers; UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering; DBT-ICT Centre in Energy Biosciences; ICT-DAE Centre in Chemical Engineering Education and Research; Centre for Green Technology. The DAE has sanctioned ` 75 crores for the Centre in Chemical Engineering Education and Research with several projects from BARC and IGCAR for development of indigenous technologies for energy.

Merit is the only criterion for admission, including government reservation policy. Several merit-cum-means scholarships (261) are awarded to needy students which range from ` 3000 to ` 75000 per student per annum. Research has been an integral part of ICT, with state-of-the-art research facilities, and hostels. The faculty is highly accomplished, with multi-disciplinary interests and decorated with national and international awards and honors. All leading foreign universities and industries seek ICT graduates. Last year, a record of 161 full-time Ph.D. students and 120 Masters students, all with fellowships, were admitted.

The foregoing demonstrates ICT’s International standing, meriting the criterion of a special status.

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