IIT Hyderabad to offer MTech in Heritage Science and Technology; here’s how to apply

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From August 2022, IIT Hyderabad (IIT-H) will offer MTech in Heritage Science and Technology across three specializations. The Institute launched a new Department of Science and Technology Heritage (HST) on International Yoga Day 2022. The department was opened by Padma Bhushan, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, best known as the father of the Indian PARAM series of supercomputers.

The online Master’s program in Heritage Science and Technology will be offered in three specializations focused on selected heritage industries: Yoga Technology, Indian Language Processing, and Conservation and Reconstruction. The course will take place online over 2 years, where the second year is solely for a thesis project with a focus on either research or product development. There is an option to exit at the end of year 1 (after coursework) with a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) at HST. The highlight of the course is an in-person weekend workshop/hackathon on campus at the end of each semester.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar said, “Bringing heritage and science together in India’s leading institutions is a small but huge step in Indian academia. It shows how to recreate the ancient Takshashilas and Nalandas in a modern form. We are pleased that IIT Hyderabad has taken the lead in this.”

Announcing the opening of the department, Professor B.S. Murthy, director of IITH, said: “The HST department makes it possible to explore the scientific heritage of India. There is an urgent need to conduct this research without any prejudice and in the true spirit of rigorous science. I am confident that the department will excel in both academic and research aspects in this new and promising field.”

Speaking about the thought process behind the HST department, Dr. Mohan Raghavan, head of the HST department, said: “Our heritage, including our monuments, archaeological sites, language, clothing, knowledge systems and local technologies, is the property of all mankind. . HST aims to unlock this hidden value of heritage assets by developing technologies to help this fragmented segment connect, modernize and scale. This helps enrich the lives and livelihoods around the Legacy and automatically ensures that the Legacy survives and thrives.”

For more information about the program, candidates can visit http://www.hst.iith.ac.in and handle the @HSTatIITH Department on Twitter for regular updates. The last day to apply is July 7, 2022.

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