Breaks into top 50 best Asian Universities

The Institute has been ranked 48th in the prestigious QS University Rankings Asia 2016. It is hailed as a major progress over the last year’s rankings where it stood at 58th position.

Wins a top slot in the Energy category at ‘Make in India’ Hackathon 2016

An unconventional wind turbine designed by Ashwin Gandhi (shown with the prototype in the picture) and Saurabh Anand won the top slot in the energy category at ‘Make in India’ Hackathon held at IIT Bombay. The aesthetically designed lightweight wind turbine model for residential buildings can generate one unit of power at a wind speed of 8 km/h. The duo is planning to present the model as a start-up idea.News LetterIn the exhibition, the Institute also displayed the other technological innovations recently developed by its students and scholars.

Bolsters its efforts towards building a centre of excellence in cyber security

The Institute has recently established a new Centre for Cyber Security engaged in developing cutting-edge cyber security technologies, methodologies and frameworks to keep the country’s cyber space secured. Towards this direction, it has signed MoUs with Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) at Tel Aviv University. While the former collaboration is aimed at developing ground-breaking tools and methods to secure financials markets, the latter will facilitate bilateral scientific relationships, cooperative research and teaching projects in select areas including smart agriculture, smart city, sewage and water treatment, machine learning, signal processing, big data analytics, utilities, transportation, and privacy-preserving cryptography.

Builds an Innovative Robotics Learning Device

Keeping true to its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, the Institute has rolled out yet another technical marvel. Built and conceptualized by Agilo Technologies, a company founded in 2015 by students and robotic enthusiasts at the Institute, evive is an open-source embedded platform useful across spectrums including students, hobbyists, educators and researchers to help them learn, build, debug their robots and other projects.News Letterevive is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 R3 that allows users to re‐program it for their specific needs. It is available on the largest global crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The evive team has also partnered with Robotrix India, an organization that is working towards promoting robotics education in schools in India.

Inaugurates a Bio-Incubator at SIIC

On 4th March 2016, the Bio-Incubator at the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC) was inaugurated by Dr. Renu Swarup, Managing Director, BIRAC in the presence of Professor Indranil Manna, Director, IIT Kanpur.News LetterThe Incubator is established by BIRAC under the Bio-Incubator Support Scheme (BISS). It is a huge fillip to budding entrepreneurs working in the areas of Biologics, biopharmaceuticals, biomedical instrumentation & nano biotechnology.

So far, it has successfully incubated 10 biotech companies with 2 more in the pipeline.

Celebrates the first ever Technology Day on 11th May 2016

News LetterThe Institute celebrated its first ever Technology Day on 11th May 2016 with Dr. R.K. Sinha, Homi Bhabha Chair Professor (former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, DAE, and former Director of BARC, Mumbai) as the Chief Guest. On this occasion, two invited lectures were delivered by Mr. Vishnu Agarwal, CMD, Technical Associates Limited, and Mr. Rajiv Kumar, CEO, HAL Accessories.

Hosts the world’s largest student cyber security games

The world’s largest student-run cyber security event founded 13 years ago by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering came to the campus premises. The Institute, along with NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Tandon, played host to the final rounds of the event where the best of the best students from India, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States competed simultaneously to prove their mettle. The event was held from 10 to 12 November 2016.




Dr. Manisha Padwal

(PhD/AE/2015) honored with the ‘INAE Young Engineer Award’ 2016 for her contributions in ‘Propulsion: Atomization and Combustion’. Currently, Dr. Padwal is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Combustion Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur. Her research interests include gel propellant, atomization, spray combustion, multiphase flows and swirling flows.


Dr. Dinesh Bharadia

(BT/EE/2010) awarded the prestigious ‘Paul Baron Young Scientist Award’ 2016 by the Marconi Society. Currently, Dr. Bharadia is a Principal Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), CSAIL. His research interests include advancing the theory and design of modern wireless communication systems, sensor networks and data-center networks.


Dr. Manu Prakash

(BT/CSE/2002) chosen as one of the 23 exceptionally creative people to receive the ‘MacArthur Fellowship’ 2016 dubbed as the ‘Genius Grant’. Currently, Dr. Prakash is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University, California. His works in the areas of fluid dynamics, large-scale microfluidic processors, interfacial fluid dynamics, micro-robotics and micro-fabrication have won several recognitions.


Dr. Aditya Bhan

(BT/CHE/2000) awarded for the prestigious ‘Ipatieff Prize’ by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his contributions to heterogeneous catalysis through detailed kinetic and mechanistic studies of acid catalyzed C–C bond formation and methods for conversion of methanol feedstocks.

Currently, Dr. Bhan is an Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include catalysis, separations & reaction engineering energy.


Ms. Sonal Mishra

(MT/EE/1998) becomes the first woman IPS officer from Chhattisgarh to receive the ‘Indian Police Medal’ for her commendable services. She is a B.Tech. from NIT Raipur, an M.Tech. from IIT Kanpur and an IPS officer of batch 2000. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Inspector General of Police at Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh.


Mr. Sameer Behere

(BT/ME/2008) honored with the ‘Energy Innovator of the Year Award’ after awarded 2016 by the Association of Energy Engineers at the 39th World Energy Engineering Congress Conference in Washington DC. The award comes as a recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in applying innovative practices, principles and procedures of energy engineering. Currently, Mr. Behere serves as a Mechanical Engineer at the Facebook.


Mr. Abhaya Shankar

(BT/ME/1979) appointed as the President, Business Acceleration and Strategy at Beardsell Limited. With over 30 years of diverse work experience across functions as a senior management professional, Mr. Shankar is expected to play an important role in helping shape Beardsell’s strategy and driving growth.


Mr. Dinesh Chandra Verma

(BT/CSE/1987) elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering at its 40th Anniversary AGM. Currently, Dr. Verma is an IBM Fellow at the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center. His research areas include distributed cognitive systems, distributed systems and networks, and cognitive computing.


Dr. Amartya Mukhopadhyay

(MT/MME/2006) honored with the ‘Young Engineer Award’ 2016 for his contributions in engineering ceramics and composites, materials for electrochemical energy storage. Currently, Dr. Mukhopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay. His research interests include ultra-high temperature ceramics, ceramic nanocomposites and Li-ion battery electrodes.


Dr. Sanjib Senapati

(PhD/CHM/2001) honored with the ‘National Bioscience Award for Career Development’ 2015 by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Currently, Dr. Senapati is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras. His research interests include protein dynamics, green chemistry, nano clusters and in-vitro studies.


Mr. Mayank Jain

(BT-MT/EE/2008) chosen to spearhead the complete operations and supply chain function at Snapdeal, an online platform selling a wide range of products across different segments. Armed with 10 years of rich and versatile experience, he is all set to create new industry benchmarks.


Dr. Chandan Saha

(MT-PhD/CSE/2010) honored with the ‘Young Engineer Award’ 2016 for his contributions to computational complexity theory and algorithms. Currently, Dr. Saha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His research interests include computational complexity, computational algebra and number theory.



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A Gift of Education to those who are denied


Allumni Gift

IIT Kanpur is known for being one of the most premier institutes of higher education in India. However, a certain section of society which is an integral part of the campus community fails to draw benefits of education from the institute. The Opportunity school, as the name implies, is a platform that offers underprivileged kids living in and around the campus a chance to learn, grow and evolve into responsible citizens of the society. Since last 49 years, the school has transformed lives of hundreds of bright children many of whom have succeeded in creating a niche for themselves.
The foundations of the school were laid down in 1967 when a few large-hearted people joined hands to address the concern. The initial years were fraught with difficulties as the adequate infrastructure was not available and funds were to meagre to run the daily expenses of the school. In those difficult times, numerous alumni came forward and contributed generously. A few of the faculty too raised funds for the school. Another person who is worthy of admiration and applause is Mr. R.S. Srivastava who joined the school in July 1967 as a teacher and went on to play a pivotal role in running the school. He donned several hats including that of a teacher, guardian, fund raiser and eventually a principal. The services rendered by Mr. Srivastava will ever reflect as a hallmark on the school’s history.
Today, the school runs classes till 8th and is affiliated to the UP Board of Education. The number of students has increased from 4 to 6 in the formative years to 340. Emphasizing on the overall development and holistic growth of a student, the school management has adopted several new teaching methodologies. Students are taken on frequent trips to nearby areas where classes are held outdoors. They are encouraged to participate in competitions like reading, poetry recitation, Sanskrit quiz etc., acquire computer skills, use an interactive science lab, and learn book craft and home science. Under Prof. H.C. Verma’s Chairmanship, the school team has recently started a program that focuses on identifying individual talent and providing opportunities to hone these skills further by inviting specialized teachers for dance, art, jewelry making, quilling, mehndi designs, etc.


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Through the untiring efforts and dedication of several people, the school has reached its present status. Its reputation has grown so high that an intense pressure is felt at the time of admissions every year. Parents from the neighboring areas are keen to send their wards to the school. In future, the school aims to upgrade till Class 10 and accommodate more girls who usually give up education as their parents are not willing to send them to expensive schools outside the campus.

The Opportunity school community expresses its deepest gratitude to all the friends and well-wishers who continue to support us in our endeavors.

Special thanks to: Pioneer batch 1965 for creating an Endowment Fund; 1966 Batch; 1967 Batch for Science Lab creation; 1972 batch for Books and Stationary; 1988 Batch; Dr. Singh for new school building and upgradation of the school till class 10; IIT Kanpur for providing a helping hand and financial aid without which the school would not have reached its present status; Kendriya Vidyalaya, Campus School and Kislaya school for helping with the study material and teaching resources; and all other alumni, non-alumni and Institute’s employees for generously contributing to sustain us.

(Photo credits: The Opportunity School)


The Opportunity school has received a substantial amount of funding for construction of its new building and upgradation of the classes till 10th.


A new ‘Smt. Saroja Krishnan Scholarship’ has been instituted for needy and meritorious girl students. It is meant to promote higher education amongst girl students. The selected student will be personally mentored by the benefactor.


The campus community has received a valuable gift in the form of a new shopping area called the ‘Aashiyana Shopping Complex’. With the increasing campus population, the complex was much needed.


The Park 67, which continues to be an iconic landmark of the institute, will soon undergo a renovation with the help of money received from well-wishers.

Allumni Gift




Prof. A.S. Ramakrishna

awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2016 for the Physical Sciences category. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Physics. His works in the areas of optics/ photonics (metamaterials, plasmonics), micro- and nano-structured materials (metamaterial and photonic nanostructures), and condensed matter physics have received several professional recognitions.


Prof. Avinash K. Agarwal

awarded the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2016 for the Engineering Sciences category. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include IC engine combustion, biodiesel and biofuels, homogenous charge compression ignition and others.


Prof. Sandeep Sangal

awarded the ‘Distinguished Educator Award’ 2016 by the Indian Institute of Metals. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. His research interests include Physical and Mechanical Metallurgy.


Prof. G Santhanam

selected for the ‘INSA Teachers Award’ 2016 for his contributions to mathematics education, particularly his involvement in mathematics training and talent search program of the National Board for Higher Mathematics since its inception. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


Prof. Mahendra K. Verma

selected for the ‘INSA Teachers Award’ 2016 for having mentored several students by inspiring them to take up a research career and for being an

accomplished researcher in the field of turbulence and magneto hydrodynamics. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Physics.


Prof. S. Ganesh

awarded the ‘OPPI Scientist Award’ 2016. Currently, he serves as a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering. His research interests include neurodegenerative disorders, stress biology and human molecular genetics.


Prof. Kantesh Balani

selected for the ‘Metallurgist of the Year Award’ 2016 in the Metal Science category by the Ministry of Steel and Mines. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include structure property correlation, shape memory alloys, grain boundary engineering and severe deformation processing.



Distinguished Teacher

Prof. Jitendra Kumar is a part of the Materials Science Program. He is fascinated with nano electronic and magento recording, hydrogen energy storage materials and electron microscopy. Having taught courses like Characterization of Materials and Structural and Magnetic Properties of Materials, he has left a profound impact on several students.

Distinguished Teacher

Prof. Prakash M. Dixit of the Department of Mechanical Engineering completed his B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1979. His interests are focused on metal forming, large deformation elasto-plastic impact/contact problems, ductile fracture and finite element method.



October was a month of fun and frolic for students. It started on a high note and ended on a still higher note. The beginning of the month saw a lot of action in water as IIT Kanpur hosted the 51st Inter-IIT Sports Meet from 2nd to 5th October.



  • CK Ananda Krishnan – Best Swimmer (Men); IIT Madras; 3 Golds. Created a new record in 50m Freestyle.
  • Bhakti Agarwal – Best Swimmer (Women); IIT Delhi; 2 Golds, 1 Silver.
  • IIT Madras took home the Swimming trophy in both the men and women categories with IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi coming in at second and third in the men’s category.
  • IIT Kharagpur defeated IIT Kanpur with 9-6 tally and won their second consecutive Water Polo trophy.
  • The overall winners were IIT Madras followed by IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IIT Kharagpur at 2nd, 3rd, and 4th positions, respectively.
  • 11 IITs with 135 participants competed in swimming and water polo events.
  • The official mascot of the event was the chulbul panda, the innocent, enthusiastic and cheerful Kanupriya kid ‘Bauaa’.
  • The Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee, Ms. Bula Chowdhury, was the chief guest. She is a national swimming champion and the first woman to have swum across sea channels off five continents.
  • For the first time, IIT Kanpur did live streaming of the entire event.
  • IIT Madras made a new record in the 4x100 meters Freestyle Relay (Men).

(Photo Credits: Vox Populi, IITK Student Magazine)


Antaragni 2016 Highlights –

20th to 23rd October


(Photo Credits: Antaragni Facebook Page)

  1. For the first time, the Antaragni team organized a color run for students as a tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson.
  2. Under India Inspired, Justice Markandey Katju talked about the salient social issues.
  3. On the 2nd day of the festival, MadBoy/Mink, India’s leading Electro Cabaret-Disco-Funk duo Imaad Shah and Saba Azad, gave a jaw-dropping performance.
  4. Geronyom, the artistic name of the Portuguese musician Ricardo Martins, played Hang-Handpan, the latest musical instrument in the world created in Switzerland.
  5. On the Grand Finale, the very talented Adnan Sami rocked the night with his soulful Piano and an eclectic mix of slow and fast songs.



  •  Silver Jubilee Reunion of the Class-of-1992, 24-27 December 2016.
  •  35th Year Reunion of the Class-of-1982, 30-31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017.
  •  50th Year Reunion of the Class-of-1972, 2-4 February 2017.
  •  40th Year Reunion of the Class-of-1977, 18-20 February 2017.
  •  50th Year Reunion of the Class-of-1967, 24-26 February 2017.
Upcoming Events
50th Year Reunion of the Class of 1966 held in November 2016.
(Photo Credits: Mr. Ravi Shukla)






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