On February 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the discovery campus of the Indian Institute of Technology at Thaiyur, Madras, near Chennai. IIT Madras mentioned that the new campus will include the growing research infrastructure needs of faculty and students.
The online inauguration was conducted in the presence of Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, and Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, and a host of other VIP.
This satellite campus of IIT Madras will standalone research centers with huge devoted facilities and will have its authorization infrastructure like common instrumentation laboratories, hostels for the research scholars and fellows, and conference installations, among other conveniences.
The state government assigned IIT Madras 163 acres of land in 2019, at Thaiyur, which is found about 36 kilometers from the prominent campus at Guindy.
Research actions at IIT Madras got an uplift after it was proclaimed an institution of eminence in 2019.
At Thaiyur, the satellite campus has been planned mainly as a research campus to develop research facilities over the next decade.
Moreover, 2 research centers have already been conspired for the Discovery Campus and would be functioning by the end of 2021.
These contain the National Technology Centre for Waterways, Ports, and Coasts, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Indian Government.
The 2nd research center to rise in the Discovery Campus is the solid propellant combustion modeling installation of the Centre of Propulsion Technology, which is funded by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).