Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), arguably the foremost of engineering colleges in the country, is looking to diversify its portfolio. From a course in film-making to a programme in fine arts, the Powai-based institution aims to reposition itself as a university with courses across a broad range of disciplines within four years.
The makeover is partly aimed at building an international presence by hosting a larger complement of foreign students and faculty. But the underlying objectives to the blueprint is to improve finances and infrastructure to promote research.
The strategy includes enhancing student experience by putting smaller batches in classrooms and allocating hostel rooms to each individual student and accommodation zones to married couples. For funds, IIT-B hopes to dip into alumni donations and earn through research and consultancy work done by faculty.