Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray
JIS Group of Institutions has stepped into the, so far, untrodden path of starting their own academic and industry-based research institute. I have been requested to lead this giant effort. With the active support and involvement from my colleagues and help from many experts from around the globe, I aspire to make this new Institution as one of the premier post graduate and research institutes of the country.
After my retirement from IIT Kharagpur two months back, many people have been asking me about my next plan. Over the last 40 years of my career in academics – as teacher, Vice Chancellor and then Director, mainly in IIT Kharagpur and IIEST Shibpur, I have witnessed how the science and Technological education have been evolving in our country and abroad. In particular, the recent advances in information and communication technology on the one hand, and Nano – Bio Technology on the other have ensured their massive deployment in many applications affecting almost all aspects of our lives.
01 I have felt that there is an urgent need for restructuring the science and Technology curriculum in our education system. Unfortunately, such necessities have not yet been given due attention in our current university education system. Although the number of institutions offering undergraduate engineering programs has increased almost exponentially in our country, there are very few institutes in our country which offer post graduate and research programs. In my opinion, the need of the hour is to start more number of quality programs at Masters and PhD levels. The new institute ‘ JIS Institute of Advanced Studies and Research Kolkata’ will offer high quality post-graduate and research programs in some of the most relevant areas of science and Technology in 21st century. I am happy that JIS Group of Education has ensured adequate support for this challenging task ahead. I am also happy that many renowned academicians from IITs and other universities of repute and also many experts from industries have assured me of their help and support in various forms. I hope that with the active support and collaboration with the industries, research institutes and reputed institutes across the globe, this institute will be eminently placed in the technology education map of the country in near future. Initially we have decided to start three centers in this institute – Centre for Data Science, Centre for Health Science and Technology and Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences.
02 The main objective behind starting the Centre for Data Science is to create technically skilled manpower, who will be able to solve complex problems involving Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Image and Video processing, Mobile computing and so on. In collaboration with the industries in India and abroad including several industries in Silicon Valley, the students at the M.Tech and Phd levels will receive exposure on the live problems of the industries. In health science, we are starting with 2 year M.Sc / M. Tech and PhD in Medical Biotechnology / Bioinformatics. As is well known Bio informatics is an emerging area in Medical Science today. The vision of the Centre is to give emphasis on translation based research which will be done in close collaboration with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries across the world.
The eligibility of the students seeking admission in each of the four programs are given in the website of the Institute. For the two courses offered from the Centre for Data Science we need students who have completed B Tech in Computer Science, IT, Electronics & Electrical Engg, and Masters in Computer Science / Statistics/ Physics .