NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has announced a two-year master’s programme in electric transportation in view of the growing electrification of the Indian transport eco-system.
Classes for the first batch of students will begin next month.
IIT Mandi’s School of Computing & Electrical Engineering (SCEE) and School of Engineering (SE) have collaborated to design the curriculum for this programme.
In July 2020, Government of India’s top policy think tank NITI Aayog had formally sought IIT Mandi’s involvement in this sphere.
“The M.Tech in electric transportation has been designed in alignment with the objectives of the initiative taken by the Government of India to cater to the growing demand of skilled personnel in the electric vehicle industry for both the new and the existing entrepreneurs,” said programme coordinator Narsa Reddy Tummuru.
In recent years, the Central government as well as several state governments have introduced policies to promote electric vehicles to combat vehicular pollution and promote green mobility.
The Government of India has implemented FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) under which it gives subsidies at the time of purchasing electric vehicles.
The Centre is actively seeking partnerships with relevant businesses and academic institutions, officials at the IIT Mandi said.
IIT Mandi’s programme aims to give students and professionals across the nation a holistic picture of electric mobility.
“India’s transportation system is on the path to electrification; future power systems need to optimize the use of convertible renewable energy sources. A new engineering course being launched at IIT Mandi aims to address these challenges practically and cost-effectively,” said the programme coordinator.