The genesis and growth of the MUICT is a sequel to the intense desire and support by the Indian Chemical Industry. Excellent symbiosis of academic excellence and industrial relevance has been a unique feature of MUICT. This year the institute has been bestowed the FICCI award in the field of research in Science and Technology for the pioneering work in chemical engineering and technology for the year 2000-2001. This is also for the first time that any educational institution in India has received the highest recognition from the apex body of industries i.e. Federation of Indian Chambers of commerce and Industries. The FICCI award commemorates the “excellent relationship that the MUICT has built with industry by commercialization of major process improvement, designs in engineering and adoption of new technologies resulting in large increase in profitability”. The award also recognizes the achievement in establishing a “culture of research in an exemplary fashion”.