West Bengal Governor inaugurates IIT Kharagpur’s PARAM Shakti

West Bengal Governor inaugurates IIT Kharagpur’s PARAM Shakti

The Governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar, dedicated to the nation a Petascale Supercomputer PARAM Shakti under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) – a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) on March 27, 2022, at IIT Kharagpur.PARAM Shakti, a Petascale Supercomputer at IIT Kharagpur dedicated to the nation under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) – a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) was inaugurated on March 27, 2022, by Jagdeep Dhankhar, Governor, West Benga

PARAM Shakti’s supercomputing facility is accelerating the research and development activities in the multidisciplinary domains of computational and data sciences as it provides large-scale computing power to the user community of IIT Kharagpur and neighboring academic and R&D institutes.


A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between IIT Kharagpur and the Centre for Development in Advanced Computing (CDAC) in March 2019 to establish this state-of-the-art Supercomputing Facility with 17680 CPU cores along with 44 GPUs.This facility has pioneered in using RDHX based efficient cooling systems to obtain a high power usage effectiveness. This system has been tested extensively by both IIT Kharagpur and CDAC for commercial, open-source, and in-house software pertaining to diversified applications.

IIT Kharagpur has been following the mandate of NSM towards the development of computationally efficient software for supercomputing platforms and applications for large-scale industrial and scientific problems.

IIT Kharagpur is also one of the NSM nodal centers for training in HPC and AI and working on the development of manpower required for Supercomputing Research across the nation.

This center has been organizing courses, workshops, boot camps, etc. in various domains pertaining to the fundamentals of supercomputing and data sciences and their application to diversified fields, including Agriculture, Astronomy, Biology, Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences, etc.

IIT Kharagpur has also established the Centre for Computational and Data Science with a mandate to train researchers in supercomputer accelerated R&D.

The new high-performance computational facility will in researchers to solve large-scale problems of different fields of Science and Engineering.

Some of the identified focus areas in which this supercomputing based research will be of great value are:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics,
  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Big Data Analytics,
  • Climate Change & Digital Earth,
  • Computational Biology,
  • Cryptography & Security,
  • Smart Infrastructure & Sustainable Cities,
  • Smart Materials etc.

Governor of West Bengal visits the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System at IIT Kharagpur, which establishes the relevance of Traditional Knowledge Systems & ancient wisdom in contemporary times in synergy with Modern Scientific Knowledge.

The Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge System, IIT Kharagpur is dedicated to forwarding the relevance of traditional knowledge systems & ancient wisdom in contemporary times and their role in the making of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The various aims and objectives are to synergise modern scientific knowledge with Indian art, architecture, sociology, culture, a language with the spirit of Bharatiyata as forwarded by National Education Policy 2020, Government of India.

By taking the Indian knowledge systems forward, the Centre will start a new era, interconnecting IKS with contemporary, contextual relevance to reinvigorate the Indian youth.

The center started functioning with ten key domains in Arthashastra (Indian Economics), Sanskrit and other Indian Languages (for Natural Language Processing), Samkhya, Ganita and Jyamiti (Vedic and Indian Numerology, Mathematics and Geometry), Rasayana, etc.

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