Joy Gill Endowment Fund (Department of BSBE)

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, IITK

Set up by Mr. Ajit S. Gill (BT/EE/1969) and named after his parents, the objective of this Endowment is to support number of activities in the Biological Sciences & Bioengineering Department at IIT Kanpur. The endowment supports the Joy Gill Chair, four UG Scholarships, summer internships, summer research opportunities for students, and a Bussiness Plan Competition. Mr. Gill holds a B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, MS degree from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA from the University of Ontario, Canada. Currently, Mr. Gill serves as the President & CEO, Nektar Therapeutics, Santa Carlos, California, USA.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many activities could not be conducted. However, Summer Innovation Awards were handed out to the following students -


Name Mentor’s Name Institution Project Detail Cash Prize
1. Deepak Pant Dr. Alexandera Gruss and Dr. Karie Gloux Micalis, INRA, Jouy-en-josas, Paris, France. Impact of Staphylococcus aureus prophages on membrane phospholipids composition and role of environmental fatty acids Rs. 15,000/-
2. Shruti Jain Dr. Jay Shendure Dept. of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle,USA. Pioneer transcription factors are special class of transcription factors that possess the remarkable ability to remodel chromatin landscape. Rs. 15,000/-


Name Mentor’s Name Institution Project Detail Cash Prize
1. Diprasom Das Mr. Bharat Bhushan Garg (Nestle Ltd.) Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur - Breakfast Cereals -Study of traditional Indian breakfast items that have immunity improvement claims. Rs. 10,000/-
2. Rishabh Jain Dr. Shinichi Morishita University of Tokyo Genomic Research - To develop a novel genomic assembler that can successfully utilize the PacBio Sequel II CCS/Hi-Fi reads to reduce the accuracy and length tradeoff faced in the identiication of SNPs in repetitive regions. Rs. 10,000/-

Research I Foundation

The Research I Foundation is supported by our alumnus, Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy. The grant is utilized to enhance the overall research output and research environment of the CSE department.The objective of the grant is to support travel and other expenses (e.g., registration) related to conference attendance, research visits; new faculty fellowships; PhD student fellowships; honorarium to visiting faculty members.

During the FY 2020-21, Research I fund has been used to support fellowship of a number of senior PhD students, reimbursement of conference registration fees for PhD/M.Tech/B.Tech students who had contributed papers to the conferences, support fellowship of one new faculty member, and pay honorarium to one visiting faculty member.

Department Excellence Fund

Excellence Fund has been created in each academic department and Inter-Disciplinary Programs (IDPs) to provide more non-governmental financial support from alumni and well-wishers. The funds are raised by the respective departments and a matching grant on such donations is given from IITK (General Corpus) for the utilization to each department and IDPs to conduct various activities and to encourage fund raising programs

The Rao Ramela Fund

This Fund is used for the payment of registration fee of nine faculty members and six PhD students toward participation in the REACH symposium. Among the nine faculty members, four were scheduled to speak at the symposium. They are Prof. Sandeep Shukla, Prof. Piyush Rai, Prof. Swaprava Nath, and Prof. Pramod Subramanyan. Another five faculty members were scheduled to attend the symposium. They are Prof. Debadatta Mishra, Prof. Preeti Malakar, Prof. Ashutosh Modi, Prof. Hamim Zafar, and Prof. Swarnendu Biswas. REACH symposium is an interdisciplinary summit among multiple departments of IIT Kanpur to encourage faculty members and PhD students to take up interdisciplinary research. It was planned to be held from 29-31 March 2020 in Lucknow. The REACH symposium could not be held due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. N. R.Narayana Murthy Fund

Considering increasing expenses on academic activities in different departments and less support from the government, IITK created Departmental Excellence Fund in each academic department and Inter-Disciplinary Program. These funds are utilized for various academic activities including support to faculty and students attending national/international conferences, organizing seminars, etc. NRNM Endowment was created by Dr. Narayana Murthy and the endowment is utilized by different departments and Inter-Disciplinary Programs for their various activities.

S.No. Department Activity
1. Humanities & Social Sciences Partial support to students/faculty for attending internationalconferences/workshops.
2. Earth Sciences Partial support to students/faculty for attending internationalconferences/workshops.
3. Material Sciences & Engineering Cash awards to students for publications, department workshops and purchase of equipments
4. Chemical Engineering Special lectures and travel support
5. Physics Partial travel support to students attending international conferences.
6. Mathematics & Statistics Department of Colloquium and Open House activity
7. Computer Science & Engineering Publish half-yearly newsletter & dispatch to top 200 CSEdepartments in the countr
8. Industrial & Management Engineering Student research award, partial travel support to students forattending national/international conferences/workshops
9. Mechanical Engineering Partial support to students/faculty for attending internationalconferences/workshops
10. Electrical Engineering Partial support to students/faculty for attending internationalconferences/workshops
11. Aerospace Engineering Partial travel support to post-graduate students for attending national/international conferences.
12. Chemistry Partial travel support for visits of faculty, travel allowance ofeminent scientists for invited lectures.
13. Biological Sciences & Bioengineering Travel allowance of eminent keynote speakers for invited lectures on BSBE Day.
14. Civil Engineering Partial travel support to students and faculty attending nationals and internationals conferences.
15. Civil Engineering Partial travel support to students and faculty attending nationals and internationals conferences.

Inter-Disciplinary Programs

Design Program Accommodation provided to visiting Design Program experts on campus.
2. Nuclear Engineering & Technology Program Partial travel support to students attending international conferences.
3. The Center for Lasers & Photonics Partial support to students for attending national/internationalconferences/workshops

The Foundation for Chemical Engineering Department

Through the generous donations from the Chevron Corporation, the Foundation for the Chemical Engineering Department continues to conduct various activities.

The objectives of the funds are:

  • To support postgraduate students who stayed beyond their specified dates for assistantships for research related reasons.
  • To support students and faculty who attend conferences for paper presentations.
  • To create common room facilities for students.
  • To increase the Student- Faculty interaction and Faculty-Faculty get togethers.
  • Use of high-end experimental facilities in the Institute that require usage charges.
  • To avail fellowships open for all Chemical Engineering Faculty members.
  • To involve faculty members to spend time at industry.

In the year 2020, funds were utilized for the following activities -

  • Purchasing annual maintenance.
  • Purchasing Annual Maintenance Contracts (AMCs) of high-end equipment housed in Post Graduate Research Laboratory, a departmental experimental research facility for graduate students.
  • Procurement of certain high-value spare parts of the equipment housed in the same facility.
  • To facilitate ways that promote more faculty and students of the department to attend and present their research work in virtual conferences.

Prof. Ashoke Sen Endowment

Prof. Ashoke Sen (MSC 2/PHY/1978) contributed Rs. 10 lakhs towards modernization of the Seminar Room of Physics Department and dedicated the same in the honor of Professor Amal K Raychaudhuri in the year 2015-16. During 2019-20, Department of Physics utilized the interest earnings of the fund towards payment for purchase of green chalk board and repairing of its sliding system.

National Information Centre of Earthquake Engineering

The 12th National Workshop for UG students of architecture was held in IIT Kanpur from 1-7 July, 2019 in which 60 students who had completed six semesters of studies in their respective architecture programmes, from 14 institutes representing 12 cities from all over India particitated in this 7-day workshop. Ms. Annanya Jha, National Institute of Technology, Raipur, and Ms. Sayad Kashaf Fatima, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Architecture, Navi Mumbai secured first positions.A 10-day (June 27-July 06, 2019) workshop on Earthquake Engineering Literature Survey was conducted in which postgraduate students from engineering colleges across India participated. To spread the message of seismic safety among school children, who are the future builders of the country, NICEE has been organizing Inter-school Quiz based on its most popular publication, Earthquake Tips since 2009. This year there was an overwhelming response from schools for registration for the quiz.

Forty-eight schools from thirty cities participated in the quiz. The schools were given 50 copies of the Tips, to be used for selecting a team of four participants from each school from Class VIII to Class XI. In the final round of the quiz held on January 26, 2020 seven schools participated-DAV, Ludhiana; Centre Point School, Nagpur; DPS Gandhidham; Nehru World School, Ghaziabad; Emerald Heights International School, Indore; Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane and Sheiling House School, Kanpur.participating