IIT Jodhpur Establishes A Platform To Pursue 'Moonshot Projects'

The Institute seeks to inspire research projects to develop innovation and team-building, leading the path to a sustainable future as a platform to address health, social, economic and environmental concerns.

Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur has created a unique platform to encourage its Faculty and Researchers to pursue innovative and disruptive ideas. Called 'Moonshot Competition,' the idea is to develop projects that can eventually lead to large-scale solutions to improve health, societal, economic and environmental issues.

Highlighting the unique aspects of this innovative platform, Prof, Santanu Chaudhury, Director, IIT Jodhpur, said, "The main objective of the competition is to encourage a moonshot culture and future-driven mindset in the institute, leading to transformational technologies and effective interventions for responding to societal challenges and aspirations." Some of the solution-oriented ideas selected under Moonshot Competition include: Prof. Debanjan Guha Roy shared an idea on Harvesting an Asteroid Microwave AssistedRock Pulverize and Electrostatic Separator which is related to Space, Microwave.

Debanjan Roy, Assistant Professor, IIT Jodhpur, said, "The international community has gradually started accepting the idea of deep space exploration, human settlement in space, and resource generation from celestial bodies. In the past few years, multiple governments and space agencies have invested in developing technology and formulating regulatory frameworks for this purpose. India is in a unique position to leverage its space expertise to pioneer resource exploration on the moon and asteroids. We need strong support from the industry and government to be a leader in this domain"

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