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Prof. V. Kamakoti: The New Director Of IIT Madras

My focus would be to retain IIT Madras at the top of the rankings, while constantly striving to enhance the academic and research excellence of the institute: Prof. V. Kamakoti

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi (R) congratulates Prof. V. Kamakoti (L) on taking charge as Director of IIT Madras

Prof. Kamakoti Veezhinathan took charge as the new Director of Indian Institute of Technology Madras on 17th January 2022. Prof Kamakoti takes charge as Director from his predecessor, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, who has completed two terms as the Director of the Institute.

Dr Kamakoti took charge in the presence of Deans, Dr Jane Prasad, Registrar, and other officials. Dr Pawan Goenka, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Madras, participated virtually along with other Board Members.

Prof. Kamakoti is a faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Madras and also held the position of Associate Dean for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), IIT Madras. He holds numerous positions in various Government agencies and bodies including being a member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India.


Outlining his priorities for the institute in 2022 and beyond, Prof Kamakoti highlighted that his focus would be on:

  1. Enhancing the reach and impact of Online Education and Distance Learning
  2. Collaboratively working with the School Education Boards in further strengthening a holistic curriculum
  3. Skill development programs targeting high-quality vocational training
  4. Increased interactions with young school students to encourage interest in Science and Research
  5. Industry oriented MTech program for international students
  6. Increase of multidisciplinary quotient in curriculum with special emphasis on Languages, Philosophy, Art, Environmental and value-based education
  7. Enhanced industry participation with increased adjunct and faculty-of-practice positions
  8. Translational research with emphasis on problems of social relevance, including Regenerative Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Medical technology and Smart civil construction technology
  9. Paperless efficient and effective governance through AI driven hyper automation.


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