The IIT Madras alumnus and professor, Preeti Aghalayam, has been appointed as the director-in-charge of the IIT Madras Zanzibar campus.

It is a matter of profound pride and honour that a female has become the director in charge of one of the prestigious institutions, like the Indian Institute of Technology. She is serving as a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, and she is now the director of IIT Madras’ Zanzibar campus, IIT-M director V Kamakoti announced the news at a press conference in Delhi. 

The director of IIT Madras, V Kamakoti said, “Aghalayam is the first woman to be an IIT director. We will see many more encouraging things. We are following sustainable development goals and one of the important goals suggests that we need to bring in gender balance”.

Preeti Aghalayam also expressed her emotions while saying, “I am an alumnus of IIT Madras, and doing something of this magnitude for the institute and for the country is such a big honour. Every time we visited Zanzibar as part of the IIT Madras contingent, we noticed that the representation of women on their side is quite significant. So, it was important that we do this mindfully,”

With this, the first academic session is set to begin in October, with their new female director at IIT Madras’ Zanzibar campus.

About Preeti Aghalayam

Preeti Aghalayam

Preeti Aghalayam is an IIT Madras notable alumnus who completed her BTech in Chemical Engineering from the prestigious institution, IIT Madras in 1995. 

She completed her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in New England in 2000.

Preeti Aghalayam has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, Cambridge, and faculty at IIT Bombay.

Her research focuses on Chemical Reaction Engineering, and she is an expert in Underground Coal Gasification, Automotive Aftertreatment, and CO2 utilization in hard-to-abate industries.

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Preeti Aghalayam joined IIT Madras in 2010, where she is currently a Professor in the Chemical Engineering department.

Aghalayam was recently acknowledged as one of the 75 Women in STEM by the Principal Scientific Advisor’s office.

Read more about Preeti Aghalayam here.

About IIT Madras’ Zanzibar Campus

IIT Madras’ Zanzibar Campus is the first ever international IIT campus that was launched by IIT Madras. 

Zanzibar Campus is coming up in the Tanzanian island city of Zanzibar.

Recently, an MoU was recently signed between India and Tanzania for setting up the IIT Madras campus. 

The move is in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, which states that “high-performing Indian universities will be encouraged to establish campuses in other countries.”

The Zanzibar Campus will offer two full-time academic programs in the beginning.

Read more about IIT Madras Zanzibar Admission here.

IIT Madras has also introduced online courses, students can check here.