Course Overview

Registration and Fee

Resource Persons


How  to Reach IITG

Tourist Attractions

Contact Us

Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN):


Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) is a Government of India approved program that aims at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institute of higher education  in India so as to augment the country's existing academic resources and elevate India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.


Course Overview :


Defects in materials play a crucial role in the thermo-mechanical behavior of systems. For example, a real crystal with dislocations, which is one type of crystal defect, is thousand times weaker than an ideal crystal without dislocations. The prediction of materials behavior can accurately be obtained by incorporating these defects into physical and computational models. This course will introduce the participants to a myriad of defects in metals, alloys, nanocomposites, and thin films at scales ranging from the nano to the macro. These defects will range from the atomistic defects, such as vacancies to the mesoscale defects, such as cracks and voids. The focus will be on incorporating physically based theories and approaches, and how they can be integrated with numerical modeling and experimental mechanics.


The primary objectives of the course are

     i) Introduce participants to the fundamentals of non-linear modeling of defects in metals, alloys, nanocomposites, and thin films.

     ii) Provide an understanding of why modeling is necessary for systems subjected to extreme loading conditions due to changes in strains, strain-rates, and

         temperatures and how this is related to defect evolution.

     iii) Expose participants to state of the art modeling of defects and how this can be utilized for both the academic and professional worlds.


This course is intended for graduate as well as advanced undergraduate students, post-doctoral research associates, government researchers, academic professionals, and practicing engineers.


     Duration: June 4 - 8, 2018

     Venue: Centre for Education Technology, IIT Guwahati

     Number of participants for the course will be limited to seventy.


You should attend if :

  • You are a mechanical engineer, materials engineer or materials scientist working in any company or research laboratory and interested in materials microstructure and its modeling.
  • You are a student or faculty from academic institution interested in learning what are the effects of materials microstructure on thermo-mechanical behavior of materials.




Registration and Fee :


• Registration can be made through the Registration at GIAN website :



GIAN Web Registration Fee: A nominal web registration fee of Rs. 500/- (non refundable) is to be paid for the online registration. This web registration will be valid for all the GIAN courses and the participants need not pay the registration fee separately for different courses.


• Course fee for this particular GIAN course:


     Participant from abroad (Other than SAARC countries): US $500

     Participant from Industry/ Research Organization : INR 10000

     Participant from Academic Institution (Faculty) : INR 3000

     Student : Rs. 1000 (For students, it is just caution money that will be refunded after the course completion)

     Participants from SAARC countries : Fees are the same with the fees of Indian participants


The course fee includes all instructional materials and 24 hours internet facility. The participants need to make additional payment for on-campus accommodation and food.


The course registration fee is to be sent in the form of a demand draft in favour of "REGISTRAR, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GUWAHATI", payable at "GUWAHATI".


The demand draft and the print out of course registration form are to be posted to the following address :


     Dr. P. Khanikar

     Assistant Professor

     Department of Mechanical Engineering

     IIT Guwahati,

     Guwahati 781039





Resource Persons :

Prof. M. A. Zikry

North Carolina State University


Prof. M. A. Zikry is the Zan Prevost Smith Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


He has received the Jefferson Science Fellowship (Advisor to the Secretary of State, U.S. State Department), Senior Research Fulbright Award, the RJ Reynolds Award, the ALCOA Distinguished Research Award, NCSU Research Excellence Award, and the Ralph Teetor Research Award from the Society of Automotive Engineering. He has also received the Alumni Award for Impact from the University of California, San Diego, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kansas.


He has been awarded a Professeur, Premiere Classe, Strasbourg University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Society of Engineering Science (SES) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). He was the Chair of the Executive Committee of ASME’s Material’s Division. He has been a senior research advisor to the Army Research Office and a consultant to numerous industries.


He is the Editor-in-Chief of ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology and the Regional Editor of Mechanics of Materials.


His research interests include computational modeling of hierarchical models from nano to the macro scales, prediction of material and structural response based on physically based material models, failure models for heterogeneous ductile and brittle systems, microstructural effects due to grain-boundaries, cell walls, sub-grains and grain morphology, dynamic failure, experimental solid mechanics involving AFM, TEM, and SEM analyses of nano and micro failure surfaces.

Dr. Prasenjit Khanikar is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His research interests include modeling and experimental characterization of materials microstructure, crystalline plasticity and high strain rate loading.

Dr. Prasenjit Khanikar

IIT Guwahati, India

Accommodation :


For academic faculty and industry personnel :


  • Accommodation has been arranged in IITG guest house on a self-payment basis.
  • Per night charge: Rs. 275 per person (sharing rooms with other GIAN participants)
  • Food charges (Guest House): Rs. 48 for breakfast, Rs. 96 for lunch or dinner (veg.), Rs 144 for lunch or dinner (non-veg.)
  • The guests can also avail hostel dining facility.
  • Food charges (Hostels): Rs. 30 for breakfast, Rs. 45 for lunch or dinner.


For students :


  • Accommodation has been arranged in student hostels on a self-payment basis.
  • Per night charge: Rs. 50 per night
  • Food charges (Hostels): Rs. 30 for breakfast, Rs. 45 for lunch or dinner.



How  to Reach IITG :


The institute is located on the outskirts of the city of Guwahati (on the north side of Brahmaputra river) at a distance of around 19 km from Guwahati Railway Station (GHY), 13 km from Kamakhya Railway Station (KYQ) and around 22 km from Guwahati Airport.


Pre-paid taxi service is avaialable at airport, which cost approximately Rs.500 from airport to IIT Guwahati. Smart phone app based cab services Ola and Uber are available from airport (approximate fare Rs.300/- for Uber).


Local taxis, Ola, Uber and auto-rickshaws are available to reach the IIT Guwahati campus from the Guwahati Railway Station (GHY) and other parts of the city (approximate fare Rs. 250/- for Uber from GHY) . IIT Guwahati also has its own bus service (labelled as Green Valley) that operates once in a hour between Guwahati city (from near Reserve Bank of India, Guwahati Office close to platform-1 of Guwahati Railway Station) and the IIT Guwahati campus. Bus timings can be found here. (Starting point PB shown in the bus schedule chart is the stop near RBI, Panbazar). Some of the trains stop at Kamakhya Railway Station (KYQ) that comes before Guwahati Railway Station for eastbound trains.


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Tourist Attractions in and around Guwahati:


Northeast India is a land of undulating hills and plains with flourishing greenery, and is a biodiversity hotspot with exotic flora and fauna.


(1) The Brahmaputra River (0 km): The Brahamputra is the largest river (by discharge) in India and one of the ten largest rivers of this planet. The river is almost touching the southern boundary of IIT Guwahati. Although you can have a view of this mighty river from just outside the campus, you will better enjoy the magnificent beauty of this river with a ferry ride. For example, Alfresco Grand River Cruise (17 km) has some great arrangement for an hour-long ferry ride on Brahmaputra.


(2) Kamakhya Temple (14 km): It is one of the four oldest Shakti Pithas of Hindu belief. Other three are located at Jagannath Temple (Puri, Odisha), Kalighat Kali temple (Kolkata) and Berhampur (Odisha).


(3) Umananda Temple (20 km): The temple is located on a river island of the mighty Brahmaputra.


(4) Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra (30 km): It is a centre of art and culture of Northeast India. The beautiful campus with 40 acres land has a large museum that showcases the art and culture of the people of Northeast India.


(5) Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary (70 km): This small wildlife sanctuary has the highest density of great one-horned rhinos. Both jeep safari and elephant safari are available.


(6) Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan (85 km): It is a small Bhunaese town that can be visited without any permit/visa or even Indian passport. However, a government ID like Adhar card, Voter ID, PAN card may be required.


(7) Orang National Park (92 km): It is home to great one-horned rhinos, elephants, wild buffaloes, tigers and pygmy hogs. It has arrangements for both jeep safari, elephant safari and own vehicle (SUV) safari.


(8) Shillong (113 km): Shillong, named as “the Scotland of the East” by the British, is considered one of the most sought-after tourist destinations of eastern India.


(9) Manas National Park (140 km): Manas national park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve. The park has arrangements for both jeep safari and elephant safari.


(10) Cherrapunjee (162 km): Cherrapunjee is known as the wettest place on earth though the highest rainfall was recorded in a nearby place Mawsynram. Cherrapunjee is also famous for India’s third tallest waterfalls (the tallest plunge type waterfalls) Nohkalikai and several living tree-root bridges, which are man-made natural wonders.


(11) Dawki (190 km) and Mawlynnong village (187 km): Dawki is at the Bangladesh border and is famous for the amazingly clean water of the Umngot river. Mawlynnong village is known as the Asia’s cleanest village and the other tourist attractions at this village are a living tree-root bridge and a tall tree-house from which you can have a bird’s eye view of Bangladesh.


(12) Kaziranga National Park (230 km): It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most diverse national parks of India. Kaziranga has world's two-third one-horned rhinos (around 2500) and the highest density of tigers in the world (more than 100). It is also home to around 2000 elephants and around 1500 wild buffaloes apart from other animals like varieties of deer, golden langur etc. It has arrangements for both jeep safari and elephant safari.


For more information visit Assam Tourism and Meghalaya tourism pages.

Contact us:


Dr. Prasenjit Khanikar

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

IIT Guwahati


Phone: (91)361-258-3438 (office)

            (91)76360-59802 (mobile)




Personal webpage:




 Thermo-Mechanical Modeling of Microstructural Defects: From Lattice Mismatches to Cracks in Crystalline Systems and Thin Films