Institute of Chemical Technology

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Institute of Chemical Technology
Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology logo.jpg
Former names
UICT / UDCT
Motto Sanskrit: कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते
Motto in English
Your right is to perform your work (but never to the results)
Type Public
Established 1933
Chancellor Raghunath Mashelkar FRS
Vice-Chancellor G. D. Yadav FRSC
Academic staff
98
Undergraduates Approx. 450
Postgraduates Approx. 450
Approx. 150
Location Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, 400019, India
19.024010, 72.858523
Campus Urban, 16 acres (65,000 m2)
Website www.ictmumbai.edu.in

Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), formerly the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT), is a premier[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] chemical technology research institute located in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is focused on training and research in various branches of chemical engineering, chemical technology, and pharmacy. It was established in 1933 and was granted deemed university status in 2008, making it the only state-funded deemed university in India.[8]

History[edit]

The ICT was founded in 1933 as a University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT) of the University of Mumbai. Robert Forster was first Head of the Department (1933–38), followed by K. Ventakaraman, who continued its development. It was considerably improved under the guidance of Man Mohan Sharma. The university conferred the autonomous status on the UDCT in 1994, with concurrence from the Maharashtra State Government and the UGC.[9]

UDCT was renamed as the Mumbai University Institute of Chemical Technology (Autonomous) (MUICT) on 26 January 2002. In June 2004, in accordance with the Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP) of the Government of India, under which the institute was selected as a Lead Institution, the Government of Maharashtra granted complete autonomy to the institute. On 12 September 2008, it was granted the deemed university status and renamed as the Institute of Chemical Technology.[8]

Institute of Chemical Technology was the first institute to be granted the elite badge by the government of the state of Maharashtra. This status put the institute on a par with other reputable schools such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research. It also makes the institute, which has plans to set up a satellite campus,[10] eligible for various special grants from the union and the state governments.[11]

Campus[edit]

The facade of the main building of the Institute

ICT is located on a 16 acres (65,000 m2) campus at 19°01′26″N 72°51′32″E / 19.024°N 72.859°E / 19.024; 72.859Coordinates: 19°01′26″N 72°51′32″E / 19.024°N 72.859°E / 19.024; 72.859. The main building faces Nathalal Parikh Marg and has a beautiful architecture with fine dressed stone.Other buildings including three boys hostels, two girls hostels, faculty and staff apartments are located behind the main building. The rear boundary of the institute runs along Kidwai Road. The Institute is opposite to Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute. There are plan about setting up a satellite campus in Orissa.[12]

Academics[edit]

K. Venkataraman Auditorium at ICT

At present ICT offers three degrees at undergraduate level: B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology), B.Chem.Eng. (Bachelor of Chemical Engineering), B.Pharm. (Bachelor of Pharmacy).[13] The institute offers several courses at the masters level which specialize in Chemical Technology, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy. Ph.D. from ICT is highly sought after program and is arguably among the best ones in the country.M.Sc. from ICT boasts of accreditation from Royal Society of Chemistry and is only second institute in India to receive this accreditation. The department of Textiles is still known to offer the most prestigious degree in the field of textiles in India.

Departments[edit]

ICT has specialization and runs several courses in the following ares:

  • Technology of Fibres and Textiles Processing
  • Technology of Dyes and Intermediates
  • Technology of Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals
  • Food Engineering and Technology
  • Paints Technology
  • Polymer Technology
  • Plastic Technology
  • Technology of Oils and Surfactants
  • Fibers and Textiles Processing Technology
  • Surface Coating Technology
  • Perfumery and Flavour Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology (with special emphasis on Downstream Processing)
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Drug Delivery Technology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Medicinal Natural Products

Faculty and Student Support[edit]

The ICT has sanctioned positions of 108 faculty (29 Professors, 38 Associate Professors and 41 Assistant Professors) and a support staff of 240. The ICT has a tradition of establishment of endowments with an objective of supporting faculty positions, foreign travel assistance, merit-cum-means scholarships, staff welfare, library, campus development, research fellowships and seed money for research by young faculty. There are 90 endowments in the Institute. All these endowments have been established through generous donations by alumni, industries, philanthropists and well wishers. Only part of the interest (upto 50-70%) is used towards the purpose of the endowment and the remaining is invested back into the corpus.[13] There are 46 endowments which helps attract the best professionals to the Institute from all over the world who interact with UG and PG students, faculty and alumni. The honoraria range from ₹ 5000 to 1.25 lakhs for a period of one day to 15 days. Some eminent faculty from institutes such as MIT, Purdue, Cambridge, Monash, UC Berkeley, UCSB, Montreal have taught UG and PG courses in ICT under these endowments. These lectures will form part of audit courses for research students. Besides, public lectures are organized under each endowment.[13] Each academic year, 251 students are supported through under merit-cum-means scholarships. The range is ₹ 3000-75,000 per annum per person through several endowments, private trust and annual commitments by alumni. All economically deprived students are given assistance in the form of tuition fees, hostel fees, mess bills and travel assistance to present papers in national conferences.[13]

Research[edit]

ICT has a very strong and celebrated research culture and is considered to be the best post-graduate center in India and comparable to other top-level centers in the world.[14][15] The first ever Ph.D. in India in engineering was awarded by ICT in 1941. Currently, ICT graduates 100 PhDs annually, which is about 10% of India's engineering PhDs. ICT has strong relationships with the industries and many government as well as industry sponsored projects take shape in ICT. In 2011, the Ministry of Textiles sanctioned ICT as National Center of Excellence in Sportswear with a grant of ₹ 24.5 crore for researching sports-related apparel and goods. With this, ICT has become the first institute in India to conduct research on sports fabrics.[16] ICT hosts several research centers within the campus. These include DBT-ICT (Department of Biotechnology) Center for Energy Biosciences,[17] ICT-DAE (Department of Atomic Energy) Center for Chemical Engineering Education and Research,[18] UGC Networking Resource Centre in Chemical Engineering,[19] and Center for Green Technology.[20]

  • Dyes department of ICT manufactures the entire requirement of laser dyes in India.[21]
  • Chemical Engineering Department designed a heavy water reactor which has resulted in 50% reduction in the energy requirement and 7% increase in productivity of heavy water requirement.[22]
  • Prof. J B Joshi, former director, ICT, designed an eco-cooker (US Patent US6668707) which has thermal efficiency of 60–70% compared to 10–20% thermal efficiency of conventional cooker. The cooker has been commercialized at several places resulting considerable energy saving.[23]

Library[edit]

Established in 1934, Prof. M M Sharma Library functions as the central library of the institute and is one of the best special libraries in the country. It performs a dual role of an Academic Library as well as a Research Library, catering to the information needs of the in-house students and faculty, The Library attracts a variety of readers, students, in particular, and technologists, industrialists, and research community, in general. It is housed in a separate Ground Plus two-storied building and follows a completely open-access concept. It has a specialized collection in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Sciences, Chemical Technology and Pharmacy and its allied fields. The library can boast of rich heritage collection of old classic books and bound volumes dating back to 1930s. It has 38,200 books, 25,290 journals and 10,000 standards and subscribes to 120 international and 25 national journals. But along with the traditional collection it has a significant digital collection as well. Currently has access to more than 500 electronic journals. Has access to databases such as Reaxys, Sci-Finder, Scopus, Web of science, etc. The library is fully computerized using the library management software called Libsys. It can be termed as a hybrid library with best collection of printed and digital documents. The library is also a member of E-Shodh Sindhu Consortium. It has MOU with BONET for participating in exchange program devised by MISSAT, DST, New Delhi.

Fellows of Royal Society[edit]

Till date ICT has produced two fellows of Royal Society out of 60 odd fellows from India. One of them is Dr. M. M. Sharma who has been director of the institute and other is Raghunath Anant Mashelkar, who currently serves as the chancellor. G. D. Yadav, current Vice Chancellor of ICT[24] and Bhalchandra Bhanage, Head of Department of Chemistry[25] were bestowed with Fellowship of Royal Society of Chemistry.

Academic Collaborations[edit]

ICT has signed several Memoranda of Understanding with Indian as well as foreign universities for faculty and student exchange. These include:

Flag of India.svg Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Flag of India.svg College of Engineering, Pune; Flag of India.svg Central Drug Research Institute; Flag of India.svg Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute; Flag of India.svg Indian Institute of Chemical Technology; Flag of India.svg Indian Institute of Petroleum; Flag of India.svg National Chemical Laboratory; Flag of India.svg National Environmental Engineering Research Institute; Flag of India.svg Veermata Jijabai Technical Institute; Flag of the United States.svg Michigan State University;[26] Flag of the United States.svg University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Flag of the United States.svg Indiana University; Flag of the United States.svg IIT Research Institute; Flag of the United Nations.svg International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; Flag of the United States.svg Purdue University; Flag of the United States.svg University of Kansas; Flag of Australia.svg RMIT University; Flag of Australia.svg Queensland University of Technology; Flag of Germany.svg Technical University of Hamburg; Flag of Canada.svg University of British Columbia; Flag of Canada.svg University of Saskatchewan; Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Birmingham; Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Abertay University; Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Bradford; Flag of the United Kingdom.svg University of Nottingham; Flag of Italy.svg University of Turin; Flag of Hungary.svg University of West Hungary; Flag of France.svg National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse; Flag of Japan.svg Hokkaido University;Flag of Japan.svg National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Various activities[edit]

Technological Association[edit]

Technological Association (TA) is an organisation that conducts co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in ICT. Currently, the Vice Chancellor, G.D. Yadav is the President of TA and S.S.Bhagwat is its Vice President. A 24 Member Core student body organises these activities.

Entrepreneurship cell[edit]

ICT inaugurated its entrepreneurship cell in April 2013 with inauguration lecture from Ashwin Dani (Founder of Asian Paints) and Yogesh Kothari (Founder of Alkyl Amines). A fellowship for visit to Korea was offered at the time of inauguration. The primary purpose behind the entrepreneurship cell was to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture at ICT. ICT also has international dignitaries visiting regularly for contributing in the research as well as guidance students. Some of the international dignitaries include Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.[27]

Hostels[edit]

Several on-campus hostels provide accommodation to students from all educational streams. There are 5 hostel buildings which cater to the students' need of accommodation. Hostel No. 1, 4 and 5 accommadate male students whereas hostel No. 2 & 3 are girls hostels. The Hostel No. 1, better known as old hostel, was established in 1952. It has accommodations for 160 students and four faculty members. It has 48 single rooms and 48 double rooms. New Boys Hostel (No. 5) was built and inaugurated in 2005. This building was built at the cost of ₹ 70 million, with majority of the money raised by the alumni of the college. It has 7 floors, about 190 double rooms, 3 large guest rooms, 4 faculty flats, a dining hall, and a health clinic and a gym.

Student Festivals[edit]

Rangotsav[edit]

Rangotsav is a Conference on Advances in Polymer and Coating, Technical Festival of Polymer and Surface Coating Technology Department.

Sportsaga[edit]

A Game in Progress at Pidilite Pavilion

Sportsaga is the annual sports festival of the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Since its inception in the year 2005, Sportsaga has drawn to it sports enthusiasts from all over the city, state and nation. The 2013 edition featured over 20 events including the All Mumbai ICT Marathon and a closely contested athletics meet. The level of competition included not only the State’s top athletes but every type of sporting enthusiast, through both mainstream sporting events and informal events.

Vortex - The Chemfest[edit]

In 2013, it was decided by the Technological Association (Student Council) of ICT that Exergy would be merged with the other technical festivals of the Institute, YICC (Young Innovators Choice Competition) and YRC (Young Researchers Competition). This led to the creation of Vortex - The Chemfest.[28] It saw over 5000 participants from various colleges across the country coming into the ICT to showcase their Chemical Engineering skills.

Manzar[edit]

Manzar is the cultural festival of the Institute of Chemical technology. It has completed 10 years since it first began in 2007, and 2016 saw the 10th edition of this festival. Every year, Manzar proudly hosts a variety of events in music, dance, literary arts and fine arts. The Dance and Fashion Show events are the most popular, with active participation of students from all over the city. Manzar has a social initiative called Awaaz, through which students are able to do their bit for all-round societal development and improvement of underprivileged lives. Apart from all this, Manzar also has the Cultural Night and the Popular Night. Many famous artists have performed on the Manzar stage, including Shaan, Kailash Kher, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Fire on Dawson, Shalmali Kholgade, Sachin-Jigar, Niladri Kumar, Arijit Singh and Armaan Malik. Manzar attracts a crowd of over 20,000 people every year .

Texpression[edit]

The division of Fibres and Textiles Processing annually holds Texpression, a cultural festival. Texpression also brings the alumni of the division together to foster camaraderie and network among them.

Publications[edit]

The Spirit[edit]

The Spirit is the official bimonthly cultural magazine cum newsletter of ICT. There are typically 5-6 issues a year. The newsletter highlights the achievements of current students and alumni, has news and information about institute and is also a platform for current students to showcase their art and literary skills. The first issue was released in October 2006.

Sportsaga Publications[edit]

Sportsaga is the ICT's annual inter-college sports festival. It began in 2005 and has continued on since.

The Bombay Technologist[edit]

The Bombay Technologist is the annual peer reviewed journal of the institute, started in 1951.[29] The journal publishes technical articles in the thrust areas of science and technology, written by both Undergraduate as well as Graduate students of the Institute. Annually, the three best articles published are awarded prizes. The Best Post-Graduate student in the Institute is given the ‘Bombay Technologist Best Post-Graduate Student’ award. To foster the talents of the ICTians in non-technical areas, the journal has also instituted ‘Bombay Technologist Creativity’ Award. The Bombay Technologist also supports partial travel and registration expenses of students presenting technical papers within India. ICT had previously lacked the framework for an organized, official and widespread UG research ethic in tandem with academics. However, with Bombay Technologist Undergraduate Research Program (BTUGRP), it has become one of the first in India in laying a foundation for a robust UG research system, in pace with other globally renowned universities.[30] Archive of past issues is maintained on the Bombay Technologist website.[31]

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
Engineering – India
Outlook India[32] 44
Government colleges:
Mint[33] 11

The Institute features regularly in various National Rankings in India. However, the Institute has not been featured on any international rankings.

  • In the first ever National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development of Government of India ranked Institute of Chemical Technology the 2nd best university in India.[34][35][36] In fact, the Institute ranked 1st when considering citations per faculty, even ahead of IISc.[37] However in 2017, the 2nd year of the rankings, ICT was ranked 25th.[38][39] This slip in the rankings was blamed on the increase in the number of institutes participating in the rankings.[40][41]
  • BioSpectrum magazine rated the Bio Technology program of ICT as the number one among all public schools in India.[42]
  • The institute has been rated 4.5/5 in Careers360 Top Engineering Colleges in India 2016 on par with several Indian Institutes of Technology and all National Institutes of Technology.[43]
  • The international surveys conducted by Professor Jude Sommerfeld of Georgia Tech for the 5-year period during 2007-2011 described ICT as the best chemical engineering institute in India on the basis of no. of research papers published. Besides it was ranked 4th in the world after MIT, University of Delaware and Georgia Tech.
  • FICCI awarded the“Best Institutional Social Responsibility Award” to ICT and “Life Time Achievement Award” to the Chancellor of ICT, Dr. R. A. Mashelkar at the hands of Prof. Arvind Panagharia, Vice Chairman, NITI Ayog in New Delhi on November 10, 2016.
  • The Funding for Infrastructure in Science and Technology of DST has revealed that the Chemical Engineering Department is the best in all chemical engineering departments in India.
  • The MHRD had evaluated all deemed universities in 2009 and granted "A" grade only to 38 universities among 135. The ICT is rated with "A" grade.[44]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Institute has produced many first-generation entrepreneurs and academics. Civilian honours awarded to alumni include three Padma Shri and eight each of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. Only two Indian engineers - Raghunath Mashelkar and Man Mohan Sharma - have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), both of whom are alumni of ICT.

Among the notable people who have attended or graduated from ICT are:

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