“In the longer run and for wide-reaching issues, more creative solutions tend to come from interdisciplinary collaboration.”- Robert James Shiller, American economist, academic and best-selling author
Interdisciplinarity leads to crucial discussions across heterogeneous disciplines. It is both an article of faith and an intellectual imperative. An interdisciplinary approach pushes and hence expands the boundaries of creation and innovation like none other, forming the backbone of all aspects of the academic culture at IIT Gandhinagar (India), including teaching and research. It is clearly visible in the form of a zealous world class faculty (a significant number of which is part of multiple disciplines), students (more than 20% have their PhD advisers/ principal investigators/ Co-PI from an outside discipline) and the open-collaborative-lab system that prevails throughout the campus.
The upcoming short series of articles highlights the seven Interdisciplinary Research Centres at the Institute on the banks of river Sabarmati, established with the aim to integrate information, techniques, perspectives and concepts from two or more disciplines to develop a fundamental understanding and acquire a multifaceted approach in order to address several problems of national and global importance whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single area of research practice…
(The first article of this series can be found here.)