IIT-Delhi’s director V Ramgopal Rao speaking to TOI said that the institute is looking to recruit professionals from the US in the newly-formed department along with industry experts.
He said “We will be sending a team in June to the US to identify these experts and recruit them to teach here.” Rao added “This centre will be looking at the changes required in the future. India will be a major player in the e-vehicle space in the coming years. Not only is it crucial for Delhi, but the entire world. We have one-third core faculty, the next one-third will be adjunct faculty with industry affiliation who can come and share real-world problems and solutions, while the remaining will be from allied departments. We will need 10 new faculty members in the next 10 years.”
Last year in November a draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy was launched which was aimed to for adoption of 25% e-vehicles among new registrations by 2023.
It also aims to strengthen the infrastructure for battery charging and swapping within a 3-km range.
“Sufficient charging infrastructure is one of the top requirements for e-vehicles. At the centre, we will explore if solar charging can be a possibility. We have 3-4 IIT-incubated startups already working on battery tech and charging areas,” said Prof BK Panigrahi from department of electrical engineering, who has been appointed as the centre’s first head.