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20th Anniversary Celebrations of International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Hyderabad, 2nd September, 2018: IIIT-Hyderabad celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend. The 2-day celebrations included a global alumni meet on Saturday, deliberations and panels and a showcase of the institute, its research and innovations on Sunday.

A plenary panel discussed the Institutional Models of the Future; with Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, and Jayaram Valliyur, Director - Amazon Development Center, Hyderabad, AjitRangnekar, Director General, Research & Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH) and Prof Vasudeva Varma, Dean R&D, IIIT-H.

Prof Raj Reddy, Chairman, IIIT-H Governing Council reminisced on the founding objectives of the institute. Prof P J Narayanan, Director, IIIT-H shared an overview of the institute and its future plans. A short film on Making of IIIT-H, How it All Started was featured as well, followed by a tour of the showcase of the institute, its research and innovations.

Speaking at the celebrations, Prof P J Narayanan said, “Twenty years of IIIT-H is a significant milestone for us. We are extremely pleased to see our students making a mark in their respective fields. Our research is today ranked among the top in the country in several areas, such as Robotics, Computer Vision, and AI. Undergraduate research continues to pay rich dividends for the institute, in terms of a large, global diaspora of researchers who stay engaged with the institute. Our graduates are eagerly absorbed by the global product and research groups in top companies, such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc. Twenty years on, we clearly see the emergence of an alumni team that pushes our goals forward, just as the founders envisaged at the beginning.

From just 50 students in the first batch to around 1800 students in 28 programs, the institute is now widely ranked as the No 1 institute in AI (computer vision, machine learning and data mining, and Natural Language Processing) in India, and Asia’s 2nd best institute for robotics.

IIIT-Hyderabad has also been also been selected as the First Indian University to receive Amazon Alexa Fund Fellowship by Amazon for 2018-19. It has also been chosen by American payment technology company Ripple for its University Blockchain Research Initiative.

IIIT-Hyderabad is ranked India’s #2 private engineering institution and #1 in Telangana in the EducationWorld Private Engineering Institutions Rankings 2018-19.

The celebrations also included a showcase of key accomplishments from the past twenty years, highlighting the major research areas of the institute, innovations in pedagogy & research models, technologies created by the labs, and startups seeded within the institute.

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