The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras will offer an elective course on biomimicry in its upcoming semester. For those who aren’t familiar, the concept of biomimicry aims to emulate nature and its patterns as a means to solve problems and care for humans.
We’ve seen some early adopters use biomimicry and other techniques to keep their employees happier and more productive. Now, next-generation professionals in India will have the chance to learn about it in an organized way.
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Biomimicry was not learning about nature, but learning from it. Its ethos or the guiding principle is that life creates conditions conducive to life.
Some examples of modern engineering inspired by biomimicry included The ‘Shinkansen’ bullet train in Tokyo, Japan, inspired by the kingfisher, The Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe inspired by the termite mound, The town of Kalundborg in Denmark practising industrial symbiosis, Wind turbine blade design inspired by the flippers of humpback whales, and self-filling water flasks inspired by the Namib Desert beetle.
IIT-M is among the first institutions in India to offer a full-fledged course on biomimicry and it would taught by Prof M S Sivakumar, Dean of Students, Shiva Subramaniam, Chief Innovation Officer of the Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Prof. Satyanarayanan Seshadri, Department of Applied Mechanics and Prof Srinivasa Chakravarthy Department of Biotechnology.
Why are there so few courses in the subject elsewhere?
Arizona State University has more than one course related to biomimicry, but by and large, the topic is relatively absent from many institutions’ programs.
We predict this may change in the near future, as the study becomes more and more applicable in a post-industrial world.